by RAYMOND IBRAHIM:
If there was still any doubt that America’s leadership is in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamists in general, Senators John McCain’s and Lindsay Graham’s recent visit to Egypt has singlehandedly removed it, first and foremost among Egyptians themselves, leading to much criticism. A top media advisor to Egypt’s interim president accused McCain of distorting facts around to the benefit of the Brotherhood, dismissing he remarks as “irrational,” or, more colloquially, “moronic.” The leader of the youth movement, Tamarod (or “Rebellion” against the Brotherhood) which played a great role in mobilizing Egypt’s millions to launch the June 30 Revolution said “We reject John McCain and call on the international community to let the [Egyptian] people decide their own fate.” Other Egyptians, likeAhmed al-Zind, head of the Egyptian Judge Club, have gone as far as to call for the arrest and trial of john McCain for trying to destroy Egypt.
Only when one considers the pro-Brotherhood words and deeds of John McCain in the last few days in Egypt can one begin to understand why he has earned the ire of millions Egyptians-from the military and interim government, to the average Egyptian-setting U.S-Egypt relations that much further back, and all for the sake of the Brotherhood. As one incensed TV commentator asserted, “These two men have made bolder demands than the Brotherhood-Morsi, Shatter, Badie-themselves!”
First, McCain still insists on calling the June 30 Revolution-which saw many millions of Egyptians take to the streets to call for the ouster of the Brotherhood-a military coup. Either McCain doesn’t want to accept reality, or, like many Americans, he’s been fed a very false reality, one manufactured by Al Jazeera and promulgated by Anne Patterson, a false reality that claims most Egyptians are for Morsi and that the military simply overthrew him against the popular will. Al Jazeera has gone so far as portraying images of millions of anti-Morsi protesters as pro-Morsi protesters (and picked up and disseminated by Western media). Several Al Jazeera correspondents have even resigned because Al Jazeera wantonly reneged on journalism’s code of ethics in order to become the Brotherhood’s international mouthpiece.
Incidentally, if McCain considers the ouster of an Islamist government as a military coup, why doesn’t he extend that distinction to Mubarak’s more moderate government, which was also removed by the military in response to popular protests? If one argues that Morsi was democratically elected and Mubarak wasn’t, then why was the U.S. giving Egypt billions in aid for all those years, which legitimized Mubarak’s government no less than Morsi’s? Even the Obama administration has been sensible enough not to call the June 30 revolution a coup and even distanced itself from McCain’s remarks-only to be attacked by the unhinged McCain, who condemned John Kerry’s comment that “the military did not take over.” On the other hand, McCain praised Bill Burns, Syria’s former U.S. ambassador, who has been accused of playing an important role in empowering the jihadis against the Syrian government, and is set to become the new ambassador to Egypt. About him, McCain said that “as far as Bill Burns, I have great confidence in him and the work that he does.”
Then there’s McCain’s insistence that all arrested Brotherhood members and other Islamists be released. He seems to overlook the fact that Brotherhood leadership, beginning with Muhammad Morsi, are under arrest and awaiting trial due to some very serious charges, from inciting terrorism and causing the murder of Egyptians, to grand treason and conspiring with foreign powers against Egypt’s interests. If McCain was simply interested in the human rights of the incarcerated Brotherhood members, as he claims, one wonders why he and the U.S. administration have been incredibly silent about the fate of Hosni Mubarak, America’s closest Mideast ally for three decades. If anything, Morsi is facing much more serious charges than Mubarak, yet here is McCain calling for his release while ignoring the “human rights” of the other.
If anything, McCain’s call to release Brotherhood leadership only validates the widespread belief in Egypt that America’s leadership are fellow conspirators with the Brotherhood, fearful that if Morsi and others do stand trial, any number of ugly revelations-ties, conspiracies, the exchange of billions of dollars and Sinai-would be made. In other words, the fear is that, if the Brotherhood is tried, they will spill the beans as to the nature of their cozy relationship with the U.S. government.
Similarly, McCain personally checked up on Khairat al-Shatter, the deputy chief of the Muslim Brotherhood, currently incarcerated on charges of treason. Interestingly, Shatter wasn’t even a member of Morsi’s government, begging the question: why is McCain interested in a civilian-one who also happens to be a pivotal figure in the largest Islamist organization in the world? Even Shatter himself, understanding how bad it looked, asked the senators to go visit and speak to Muhammad Morsi instead. Of course, the administration’s ties to Khaiarat al-Shatter, the multi-millionaire Islamist, is well known among Egyptians-ambassador Anne Patterson was frequently seen going to and fro from the residence of this “civilian”-and McCain’s visit only further validated this unholy tie in Egypt’s mind.
Numerous Egyptian commentators have also pointed out that McCain repeatedly dodged critical questions by Egyptian journalists present at the conference. For example, when asked about the fact that the Brotherhood in Rab’a was armed and killing and with the aid of al-Qaeda creating terror in Egypt, McCain ignored the question. This, of course is in keeping with the fact that McCain also has no answer to the question as to why he is also the staunchest supporter of the jihad in Syria, which has torn the nation apart, seen the slaughter and displacement of untold thousands of Christians, and the destruction of their churches, by foreign jihadis whom McCain is in favor of arming.
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