In your Jan. 25 editorial “Cairo’s Terror: Bombs Take a Toll on Lives and Stability,” you suggested that Egypt “proceeds towards a banana republic.” You also reminded your readers that “the United States is still pretending that what the military did last year was not a coup.”
It is true that Mohammed Morsi was the democratically elected president, in elections that established the Muslim Brotherhood as the ruling party. Realistic observers who were versed in the manifesto of the Brotherhood, including responsible individuals in the Obama administration and in Congress, waited with apprehension. To the surprise of many, Mr. Morsi did not waste much time in implementing a government format and a new constitution in line with the Brotherhood’s Islamist agenda. A significant number of Egyptian citizens, many who no doubt voted for Mr. Morsi, were alarmed. Many more women were terrified.
I believe that it is time that we stop waving flags of high international morality and consider the interests of the United States vis-a-vis the gathering strength of the radical Islamists, otherwise known as al-Qaida and its affiliates. The change in policy toward the war in Syria, whereby the United States is refraining from supporting the “rebels” and at the same time sending clear signals that it welcomes Russian-Iranian support, ignoring protests from the Gulf States and Israel, is driven by the reality of the makeup of the “rebels.” The threat of the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah axis is more acceptable to the U.S. than an Islamist regime in Syria.
A military regime in Egypt may not exactly be compatible with an agenda of freedom and democracy, but Egyptians are willing, apparently, to trade Mr. Morsi for Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi if only for the removal of the threat of the Brotherhood. We should also remember that, at first, Hitler was democratically elected.