An epic showdown: whose side should America be on?
Secretary of State John Kerry called yesterday for an end to the violence inside Egypt and for the formation of an "inclusive" government. But exactly what does this mean? Here are Kerry's key paragraphs:
The United States strongly condemns today’s violence and bloodshed across Egypt. It’s a serious blow to reconciliation and the Egyptian people’s hopes for a transition towards democracy and inclusion. In the past week, at every occasion, perhaps even more than the past week, we and others have urged the government to respect the rights of free assembly and of free expression, and we have also urged all parties to resolve this impasse peacefully and underscored that demonstrators should avoid violence and incitement.
Today’s events are deplorable and they run counter to Egyptian aspirations for peace, inclusion, and genuine democracy. Egyptians inside and outside of the government need to take a step back. They need to calm the situation and avoid further loss of life. We also strongly oppose a return to a state of emergency law and we call on the government to respect basic human rights including freedom of peaceful assembly and due process under the law. And we believe that the state of emergency should end as soon as possible.
Violence is simply not a solution in Egypt or anywhere else. Violence will not create a roadmap for Egypt’s future. Violence only impedes the transition to an inclusive civilian government, a government chosen in free and fair elections that governs democratically, consistent with the goals of the Egyptian revolution. And violence and continued political polarization will only further tear the Egyptian economy apart and prevent it from growing and providing the jobs and the future that the people of Egypt want so badly.
The United States strongly supports the Egyptian people’s hope for a prompt and sustainable transition to an inclusive, tolerant, civilian-led democracy. Deputy Secretary of State Burns, together with our EU colleagues, provided constructive ideas and left them on the table during our talks in Cairo last week. From my many phone calls with many Egyptians, I believe they know full well what a constructive process would look like. The interim government and the military, which together possess the preponderance of power in this confrontation, have a unique responsibility to prevent further violence and to offer constructive options for an inclusive, peaceful process across the entire political spectrum. This includes amending the constitution, holding parliamentary and presidential elections, which the interim government itself has called for.
All of the other parties – all of the opposition, all of civil society, all parties – also share a responsibility to avoid violence and to participate in a productive path towards a political solution. There will not be a solution through further polarization. There can only be a political solution by bringing people together with a political solution.
In a nutshell, Kerry wants a coalition government containing both moderate & totalitarian parties. In Biblical terms, he wants lambs to lie down with lions. This works no better with diplomacy than in other contexts. Kerry's view--equally, to be sure, that of President Obama--is, put kindly, simply surrealistic.
Team Obama embraces a model of human behavior in which compromise is always possible--there are, in this view, no irreconcilable differences. One would have thought that the historical lessons provided by Nazism's & Communism's hideous, genocidal turns on the world stage would clue us that compromise cannot always be achieved. Why anyone believes that militant strains of Islam--Islamism--is any different is a mystery to me. Thus, Sheik Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah, in 2006 invited all Jews to come to the Middle East; that way, he added, it would be easier to kill them.
The Muslim Brotherhood's 85-year history since its 1928 founding should comparably instruct us.
In the 1930s & 1940s the MB worked hand-in-glove with the Nazis. In the 1980s its militant clerics & the MB professoriat provided the ideology of global jihad (war) against non-believers--uh, that includes us.
One additional point. Kerry's statement that violence would have been news to the Allied coalition that defeated German Nazism and Japanese militarism to win World War II. Better yet, had Britain & France stopped Hitler when he invaded the Rhineland in 1936, Hitler's party would have been forced from power. And World War II's 50 million deaths would mostly not have come to pass. Japan would have thought twice before bombing Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Violence often makes things worse. But sadly, often it is the only way to stop the most violent groups. They are better stopped sooner rather than later.
Bottom Line. Here's hoping that Egypt's military, and the many millions of Egyptians who supported regime change to prevent the MB from taking over Egypt & imposing a militant Islamic dictatorship, push back hard against Team Obama. If the MB is restored to power, it will not share power for long.
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