The toys in question are hundreds of M1 Abrams tanks, plus late-model F-16 fighters, initially promised to the Mubarak government, which is now in jail. The tots in question are those warm, cuddly, lovable devotees of multicultural democracy, Mohamed Morsi and his Moslem Brotherhood handlers.
Yes, the Obama administration wishes to confer more toys upon the fledgling Egyptian “democracy” whose leader, in 2010, had charitably referred to Jews as sons of pigs and monkeys, echoing the standard Islamic party line that is charitably ignored in the world’s media. That would be the same Egyptian leader who has already stated that he will “review” the policy of peace with Israel and study expanding ties with Iran to “create balance” in the region. The same man who deployed armored units into the Sinai in direct contravention of all agreements to keep the Sinai demilitarized. The same fan of multiculturalism and diversity who looks the other way when his goons repeatedly persecute and murder Coptic Christians, not to mention anyone who dares oppose him.
To be fair, the Obama State Department has finally noticed Morsi’s anti-Jewish tendencies and asked him to clarify them. Still, State’s spokesperson, Victoria Nuland, stated that Washington would judge Morsi by both his words and his deeds. “What he has been doing is supporting that peace treaty, continuing to work with us and with Israel on common goals, including in Gaza. But we’ll also judge him by what he says,” she said.
Not to be outdone, White House press secretary Jay Carney informed us that “President Morsi should make clear that he respects people of all faiths and that this type of rhetoric is not acceptable or productive in a democratic Egypt.”
But both officials stressed that, since coming to office, Morsi had reaffirmed Egypt’s commitment to the 1979 peace treaty with Israel. Jay Carney also told us that Morsi had done so “in both word and deed, and [he] has proven willing to work with us toward shared objectives, including a cease-fire during the crisis in Gaza last year.”
I think that the solution is simple. Instead of interfering in British affairs by telling the Brits that they ought to stay in the European Union and bloviating that Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are, Obama should call Morsi and tell him: “Yes, the tanks and fighters are still coming. If you want them to come to your side of the border, here’s what you need to do. (A list of possible requirements: publicly affirm peace with Israel, apologize for pigs-and-monkeys remarks, protect and give full rights to all your population, don’t try any more power grabs, publicly affirm Israel’s right to exist, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.) Otherwise, the tanks and fighters will end up in the hands of those you call sons of pigs and monkeys. If you cannot or will not work for peace in the region, trust me, they will.”
Will it happen?
Not in this lifetime.
To be fair, I am not saying that any words or actions by Washington will have much effect on Morsi’s Egypt. But what the Obama regime ought to do is shed the Islam-colored glasses, see the world for what it really is, and finally speak the truth.
Will that happen?