Skip to comments.Western Elites Fail to Grasp Reality in Egypt
Posted on 06/01/2014 12:57:13 PM PDT by Kaslin
Now that Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has won a decisive victory in the Egyptian presidential election (held May 26-28, 2014), the pro-Islamist Western mediasuch as the BBC and CNNare downplaying his impressive win.
Western media outlets cannot help themselves. They are smitten with their grievance over what they call the ousting of the first democratically-elected Egyptian president. Although the election of Mohamed Morsi (Sisis predecessor) was full of irregularities, they are wedded to the narrative that their guy was wronged.
But consider the following:
1. During the 2011 election, Muslim Brotherhood thugs stood at the doors of hundreds, if not thousands, of voting stations in the south. There, they threatened any Christian if they voted, knowing they would be voting for Morsis opponent, Brigadier General Shafik.
2. The first results of that shaky election showed that Mr. Shafik won by approximately 200,000 votes. Some evidence, and every indication, pointed to the Obama administration putting pressure on the interim counsel ruling Egypt to give the election to Mr. Morsi. Since the election was so close, the administration believed the victory needed to go to Morsi in order to avoid Brotherhood-inflicted bloodshed.
3. Right on cue, a week later Egyptian authorities said that more recounting was needed. And sure enough, they gave the election to the Muslim Brotherhood candidate.
4. Mr. Morsi assured the armys top brass that they would continue to retain power over the military. Yet, as soon as Morsi took office, he retired every one of them.
5. The Obama administration got its candidate in Morsi, but he proved to be a disastrous choice for Egypt. During his twelve months in power, he spent lavishly on himself, his family, and his cronies, while the economy and the Egyptian people were brought to their knees.
6. When Morsi appointed General Sisi as the head of the military, Morsi was told that Sisi was a devoutly religious man. Morsi assumed that religious meant Islamist, but to Morsis surprise, Sisi was an adherent of the Sufi (mystical) variety.
The Western mainstream media largely ignored all those realities. Then, when turnout during the recent election was lighter than expected, the media ignored the reality of the reason behind that as well.
The turnout for the 2014 election was very similar to the hotly contested 2011 electionboth around 26 million. But heres the clincher: while Morsi and his opponent received roughly 13 million each, Sisi alone received roughly 25 million votes.
But Sisi had asked the country for 40 million votes, and the liberal media has pounced on the fact that he fell short in that one regard. Egyptian voters are not much different than American voters, however. The vast majority of Egyptians Ive talked to who did not vote said they knew Sisi would win in a landside, so they opted to not bother with waiting in line to vote. Hotly contested elections drive up turnout; expected landslides do not.
Instead of highlighting Sisis impressive victory, the Western media chooses to focus on the fact that their man, Morsi, is in prison awaiting trial for treason and cooperating with foreign powers against his own country.
What the media has failed to understand, and for that matter, what Western heads of state have failed to understand, is that the Islamists primary loyalty is to his Islamist ideology; whereas, the vast majority of Egyptians loyalty is to Egypt.
Western elitesthe media and the Obama administration especiallyhave misunderstood and underestimated the deeply-rooted Egyptian patriotism, resulting in the loss of Western influence in the Middle East.
Its my hope that they will wake up and come to grips with the reality that is, instead of the reality they wish would be.
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Hopefully after our muzzie in chief leaves the WH, the US can repair the once good relationship we had with once stable government of Egypt. ..
Also I hope Sisi kills off the MB as fast as possible....
The MB is a cancer on the face of the planet....
Not surprisingly, Obama sides with them.....
CNN was clearly in a snit when Sisi won. Their coverage was so slanted it was almost comical.
Best possible outcome for Egypt was having the military in control.
I agree that Sisi is the best they have to offer but I don’t buy the unicorns and rainbows scenario either.
Needing to keep the voting going for an extra day due to low turnout does not bode well for a popular government.
It will take decades to repair the damage that arrogant pos occupant has done to this great nation
——Best possible outcome for Egypt was having the military in control.——
Totally agree....that democray thing is simply beyond the ability of most muslims minds to comprehend.....
Majority rule, but protects the minority....so everyone has a say....
Should say, "Western Elites Fail to Grasp Reality Everywhere"
“Its my hope that they will wake up and come to grips with the reality that is, instead of the reality they wish would be.”
I can think of a few more 0bama-sourced situations where that sentiment ought to prevail.
Rand Slams Congress for Funding Egypt's Generals: 'How Does Your Conscience Feel Now?'Sen. Rand Paul is hammering his fellow senators for keeping billions in financial aid flowing to Egypt's military -- even as Cairo's security forces massacre anti-government activists. [by "anti-government activists" is meant church-burning Christian-murdering jihadists][Posted on 08/15/2013 5:44:10 PM PDT by Hoodat]