Sunday, September 23, 2012
Egypt's Islamist President Lists Demands For US-Arab Ties
Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi gave an interview to the New York Times in which he spelled out his demands for 'increased U.S. -Arab ties' and , as President Morsi put it, to overcome decades of pent-up anger.
Apparently President Obama's cringing speech in Cairo really didn't mean much.
Really, Morsi's demands are pretty simple. First, keep the money, the baksheesh coming, infidels. Second, total dhimmitude and submission to Islamist norms, including the suppression of women, cliterectomies, the ethnic cleansing of Christians and of course, criminalizing any critical examination of Islam in America. And third, (of course) reconizing all of the Palestinians' demands, forcing Israel back to indefensible borders and re-dividing Jerusalem.
Morsi's rationale for this is quite interesting. He claims that Americans “have a special responsibility” for the Palestinians because the United States had signed the 1978 Camp David accord. “As long as peace and justice are not fulfilled for the Palestinians, then the treaty remains unfulfilled,” he said.
Needless to say, the Camp David Accords said nothing of the kind. 'They were chiefly about Israel returning the Sinai to Egypt, something that looks like more and more of a mistake every day.
The first agreement had three parts.Only the preamble talked in broad terms about the "legitimate rights of the Palestinian people",and called for a process resulting in full autonomy - or to quote the original language, 'an autonomous self-governing authority in the West Bank and the Gaza strip' within a period of five years.Israeli PM Menachim Begin insisted on the phrase 'full autonomy as opposed to any notion of a Palestinian state to make it clear that full internal autonomy was the maximum degree of political independence Israel would be prepared to allow, for obvious reasons.The Accords also mention fully implementing UNSC Resolution 242, which says nothing about a fully independent Palestinian state. In fact, Arafat and the PLO utterly rejected it, only agreeing to it in 1993 when Bill Clinton was dangling the prospect before Arafat of his own little reichlet as part of the Oslo Agreements.
The Camp David Accords also don't mention Jerusalem.And the last time I looked the Palestinians in Gaza and the Arab occupied parts of Judea and Samaria have their autonomy, although the Israelis have had to take certain quite natural precautions because of the murderous proclivities of their Palestinian neighbors.
Morsi knows that the Palestinians are unwilling to settle for anything less than the granting of their full demands - all of Judea and Samaria, half of Jerusalem and the right to swamp what's left of Israel with genocidal 'refugees' - before even opening negotiations. What he's doing by mischaracterizing what the Camp David Accords say is laying the groundwork for something he plans to do anyway when it's convenient, scrapping the peace treaty with Israel and re-militarizing the Sinai. That will almost certainly happen once he feels gotten as much money and military aid out of the U.S. as he can.
In taking this stance, Morsi's looking at the long term. He's looking at eventually reabsorbing, for all intents and purposes, the Muslim Brotherhood enclave in Gaza ruled by Hamas.He also knows that Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of the Fatah Old Guard are on the way out and that Hamas will likely end up taking over the Arab occupied areas of Judea and Samaria. And finally, he knows that Jordan's King Abdullah and his Bedouin ruling class on likely to be ousted by Palestinian elements of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan.
So Morsi is setting up Islamist Egypt as the regional leader of a new Muslim Brotherhood caliphate.
What astounds me most is not President Morsi's views - they're to be expected. No, what amazes me is the extent that we're subsidizing him and his country, to the tune of billions of dollars.
Our embassy was sacked in Cairo while the Egyptian security guards melted away at a pre-arranged time, and Morsi refused to even apologize officially for it, let alone pay an indemnity to the U.S.
Yet we still provide Egypt with $1.5 billion in military aid annually, the Obama Administration was instrumental in helping them obtain a badly needed IMF loan and as part of that, has agreed to write off over a billion in outstanding debt Egypt owes the U.S. And the Obama Administration has agreed to an unspecified amount of development funds via USAid.
President Morsi comes here with these demands and when asked if he considered the United States an ally, answered in English, “That depends on your definition of ally.”
Yet, the Obama Administration continues to fork over the baksheesh and put up with it, hoping that if we let them kick us enough and keep responding that it's America's fault, all will be well.
Mark my words. What President Obama has created with his failed, inept policies in the Middle East is nothing less than what President Carter manged to do with Iran, include dealing with the possibility of a second Islamist nuclear power.
I said this a year and a half ago, back when the dinosaur media was absolutely giddy over the wondrous Arab Spring, and subsequent events are continuing to move in this direction.