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Reader comment on item: Egypt after Morsi: Joy and Worry

Submitted by john w. mcginley (United States), Jul 8, 2013 at 09:04

Yes indeed. Whatever happens getting rid of Morsei was the right move. Without his removal Egypt would have evolved into an Islamist state and, most probably, would have ended up attacking Israel within two years. No doubt that Israel would prevail. But the defeat of an Islamist Egypt would unite the Sunni/Shi 'a divide so as to bring a mighty "jihad" against Israel. Iran has long range weaponry aimed at Isreal already. Israel would stand alone; President Obama would speechify but not do anything.

There is a chance that Egypt mide slide into anarchy. This can be avoided if the Egyptian Military is uncompromisng in neutralizing the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood. {{Do people remember that it was the Muslim Brotherhood which assassinated Sadat for negotiating a peace agreement with Israel years and years ago and which is still in tact?}} Thus there is still realistic hope that the military will guide guide the Egyptian People to a true and sustainable democracy. In this vein I fear that President Obama will upend all of this if his proclivities against the military and for Islamifying Egypt by cutting off monetary aid to the Egyptian. Then for sure Egypt will slide into total chaos.

Without stablization of Egypt the peace agreements with Israel are liable to fall into shambles. My darkest fear is that President Obama would welcome such an outcome. I have no evidence for the following; but I sense this: Is President Obama's number one foerigen policy goal to isolate and weaken Israel? OF COURSE he would not announce such. But I have a sense that he would count his failed and failing Presidency to be redeemed if he left his Presidency with an Israel which was substantially more weak than when he came into office.

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It was a spin-off of the MB that killed Sadat, not the MB itself.

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