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The editorial continued:

Whatever Egypt’s new military strongman, Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, thought he was doing by summoning people to Tahrir Square last Friday to demand a “mandate” to fight terrorism, the result was to undermine Egypt’s prospects for stability even further. Whatever self-described pro-democracy groups thought they were doing by endorsing his call, the result was to strengthen the military and inflame raw divisions between civilian parties.

He knew exactly what he was doing — he wanted to build and mobilize a civilian support base. And the civilian parties weren’t “inflamed.” They hate each other, and know they are engaged in a life-and-death struggle.

And whatever the Muslim Brotherhood leaders thought they were doing by urging followers to challenge security forces, the result was to add to the bloodshed and give the military new excuses for repression.

Same patronizing tone. The Brotherhood knows what it is doing, too: it doesn’t want conciliation, it wants revolution.

And things are likely to get worse until the military can be persuaded to hand over power and return to the barracks.

Wrong again. They will get worse if the military does hand over power. For every day — except a few disastrous weeks under Mursi — during the last 61 years the army basically held power, even if it was in the barracks.

Other Arab states, particularly Saudi Arabia and its allied Persian Gulf emirates, are unlikely to help. They are more concerned with stamping out any potential political threat to their own autocratic rule at home than in encouraging democracy in Egypt.

Of course, because other Arab states understand Arab politics!

And are they wrong? Listen to them. A Brotherhood takeover of Egypt would increase the political threat to them. Now you want to overthrow Saudi Arabia and any other remaining American friends in the Arab world?

Israel has its own legitimate security concerns, mostly centered on preventing threats from Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula and Hamas-ruled Gaza.

And in parallel, you want to further undermine Israel’s security?

That leaves the United States and the European Union.

Right. If Egypt, the Arab states, and Israel don’t undermine their own security, the United States and the EU will.

People, think what you are saying here. Consider what insanity you are advocating. In other words, the pro-Islamist forces are the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists (and in a sense the Taliban and al-Qaeda), which are backed by the EU and United States (plus Turkey and Qatar along with Iran, Syria, and Hizballah); while the anti-Islamist forces are … the Arab countries and Israel.

Does that seem strange?

But Washington has been doing less than its share. Excessive concerns with maintaining good relations with Egypt’s generals and fears that a loosened military grip on Sinai and the Gaza border might throw off nascent Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have wrongly muffled America’s public voice.

So: let’s get tough with the generals, not the Islamists? The best way to help peace talks is to return to an Islamist regime in Egypt? That will surely quiet Hamas and the jihadists in Sinai, and make Israel feel reeeeeal secure. Oh by the way, the main threat to the Palestinian Authority (PA) is … Hamas. No doubt the PA will thank you, too.

Most of all, President Obama needs to clarify what America stands for as Egypt struggles over its future.

He sure does. By turning away from the Islamists and toward others, including Israel.

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Obama and Morsi - Brothers From Another Mother.
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Caden. even though Christine`s posting is incredible, last saturday I bought a great new Ariel Atom since I been making $7844 this - five weeks past and-in excess of...http://www.wep6.com
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When I was a kid one of the few places you could get helpful and thought provoking commentary was...the New York Times. I read Barry because as an old man I still can recognize good commentary when I read it. How fitting that the New York Times now is the leading mouthpiece for the 95% that hold sway in academia and the media.
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If Kerry spent as much time educating himself about the realities of the Middle East as he does with his coiffure, we would be better served. Instead we have Ground Hog Day. Only in the Middle East must the victor accede to the demands of the vanquished. That's a crime against nature.
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What we are seeing is the implementation of Obama policies on the Middle East. If they are not carried out now in his second term then when? As far as Israel is concerned it is about to be treated like Czechoslovakia before WW2. Cut down to size, rendered impotent and then dismembered. The equivalent in human terms of being hung drawn and quartered. Israel must stop trying to appear reasonable. Appointing Livni to negotiate in secret on behalf of Israel is a rerun of Beiilin negotiating the Oslo accords in secret. Look where that got Israel. To survive, Israel must display what to the West will appear to be intransigence and irrationality because of its refusal to compromise on core issues,viz no return of Palestinian Arab "refugees" to Israel and no division of Jerusalem. If Abbas will not negotiate on those terms then no more talks. If Israel is to go down then let it go down fighting its corner.
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Obama would be on the wrong side of a circle.
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This is what happens when the media is an appendage of an anti-American POTUS, the most revolutionary forces gain cover.

The fact of the matter is that the Mid east is usually a basket case, however, it has become a RAGING fireball under the 'guidance' of Obama Inc. There is no getting around said fact - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/07/04/the-islamist-in-chief-lit-a-fuse-his-embrace-of-the-muslim-brotherhood-mafia-set-egypt-mid-east-alight-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

The Islamist-in-Chief, in tandem with his surrogates, set the region alight, and are now openly siding with Morsi's Brotherhood Mafia, in fact, threatening Egypt's military with repercussions, if Morsi is not allowed back into the 'democratic' process.

Alas, they are giving Obama Inc the finger and THAT is a good thing! Wish PM Netanyahu would follow suit, instead of hitching Jerusalem's wagon to the most anti-American/western regime in Washington!

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

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New thought. I wonder if the sudden rush to put the screws to Israel and force their capitulation is due to the realization that if the Israelis manage to become net energy exporters,tech exporters and agricultural exporters then our beloved internationalists (EU,UN,DNC) will lose their ability to so blatantly screw the Jews?
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Good insight. This is part of it. The 'elites' in the EU and the Obama Admin would logically be in a panic over emerging, actual Israeli independence. Of course, they are forcing Israel to gradually display that independence instead of just quietly doing it. The prisoner release may be one of the last, desperate attempts to control Israel..at least that would be nice.
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How screwed up is the middle east,where israeli-Palestinian peace is considered low hanging fruit in diplomatic circles? An egypt where the military rules but must look over its shoulder for MB knives is probably the best outcome for Israel. It is interesting thAt the generals can ignore Obama but bibi can't. What is this adminstration threatening? Too bad we"weren't allowed to make O's intentions towards Israel " a wedge issue" during the last election.
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Other Arab states, particularly Saudi Arabia and its allied Persian Gulf emirates, are unlikely to help.

What an idjit ignoramus. It is EU and US that didn't financially helped Egypt during and post Morsi but on the other hand Qatar has supported MB while Saudi Arabia is currently supporting the army.
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