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Posted on 06/21/2012 4:46:58 AM PDT by SJackson
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Washington Backs Islamists as Sinai and Gaza Explode
Posted By P. David Hornik On June 21, 2012 @ 12:31 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 8 Comments
The Los Angeles Times reports that the Obama administration is deeply concerned by the Egyptian military regimes having seized powers so as to prevent a Muslim Brotherhood takeover of the country.
Pentagon press secretary George Little said that We urge the [military] to relinquish power to civilian-elected authorities . State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that We are particularly concerned by decisions that appear to prolong the militarys hold on power.
As the report notes, the military regimes move is aimed at preventing the Brotherhoods presidential candidate Mohamed Morsiif he has indeed been electedfrom declaring war without the agreement of the ruling generals.
In other words, its a move aimed at preventing an Egyptian attack on Israel, the total collapse of Israeli-Egyptian peace, and a drastic regional destabilization.
The generals are not acting against the Islamists because theyre wonderful people who love Israel and the West. They are, however, sane pragmatists who do not want Egypt, with its severe economic problems, to be dragged into a ruinous conflict.
And for their efforts, the generals have the Obama administration up in arms and crying foul.
How differently the situation is viewed in Israel is revealed by, for instance, veteran military analyst Alex Fishman, who wrote: This is no longer the same Egypt. It is no longer the same border, the peace treaty is dying, and we better start to change our way of thinking.
Fishman was referring to how much the situation has already deteriorated since the fall of Hosni Mubarakhailed at the time by the likes of Obama and Thomas Friedmanin February last year. He was also referring to a military flare-up over the past few days that has seen scores of rockets fired into Israel from Gaza.
The flare-up began, however, south of Gaza on Monday when terroristsGaza-based but of Al Qaeda provenancetried to breach the fence Israel has been building along its southern, Sinai border with Egypt to keep out terrorists, smugglers, and illegal labor migrants.
And it is since Mubaraks fall that the situation in Sinai has gone to seed as this tract of landwhich figured in the 1979 Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty as a peacekeeping buffer zonehas been taken over by both Bedouin and international-terror gangs, sometimes working in tandem, as the central regime in Cairo has its hands full trying to quell anarchy closer to home.
The current round of hostilities has also seen Hamasthe Islamist rulers of Gazaopenly taking credit for the rocket fire for the first time in years. That lack of inhibition is widely viewed in Israel as reflecting a surge of confidence over the developments in Egypt, particularly the prospect of Hamass parent movementthe Brotherhoodand other Sunni extremists taking over or at least steadily gaining ground there.
Indeed, a year and a half after the start of what some may still be calling the Arab Spring, the view from Israel is not among the more uplifting in the countrys short history.
To the west and south, the direct security threat steadily worsens as arms from Libyaa country where the Western powers succeeded to sow anarchy and a possible Islamist takeoverflow unhindered into Sinai and Gaza.
To the east and north, the ongoing Syrian crisis poses grave risks of the Assad regimes huge chemical-weapons stockpiles falling into dangerous hands throughagaineither anarchy or a Sunni-jihadist takeover.
And in the background Iranwhich hopes to capitalize on the Islamist energies of the Arab Spring, which it more accurately calls the Islamic Awakeningis succeeding along with the world powers to sustain a transparent sham of nuclear talks with, incredibly, yet another round having been scheduled for Istanbul in July 3 after this weeks round in Moscow yielded absolutely nothing by all accounts.
Israels worsening security environment along with stubborn Western failure to understand the regimes dynamicsa failure that is the flipside of sheer tiredness and cynicismdoes not, then, add up to an encouraging picture.
The situation has, though, fostered an enhanced unity that has seen the rise of an almost wall-to-wall, apparently stable governing coalition, and a decline of Israels own delusions that not long ago produced such bitter internal dissensus.
With Washington backing the belligerent fanatics in Egypt against the moderates, and still, with its allies, playing ineffectual games with Iran, Israel will need all the unity and realism it can muster.
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Obama is smiling for his Muslim brothers. There is no such thing as an ex-muslim.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
Put the Muslims in charge and let the slaughter begin.