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Obama’s Contradictions on the ‘Will of the People’

He endorsed the "will of the people" in Egypt without knowing what it is, and he actively rejected the will of the Israeli people who voted for a center-right government.

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Joseph Puder

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March 6, 2011 - 12:00 am
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In his appeasement speech to the Muslim world titled “A New Beginning,” delivered on June 4, 2009, at the University of Cairo, President Barack Obama declared:

I know there has been controversy about the promotion of democracy in recent years, and much of this controversy is connected to the war in Iraq. So let me be clear: No system of government can or should be imposed by one nation by any other. … That does not lessen my commitment, however, to governments that reflect the will of the people. Each nation gives life to this principle in its own way, grounded in the traditions of its own people. America does not presume to know what is best for everyone, just as we would not presume to pick the outcome of a peaceful election.

President Obama failed to talk truth to power at his Cairo speech, ignoring the fact that virtually all of the Arab/Muslim states are governed by military dictators or unelected hereditary-imposed sheikhs who do not reflect the will of their people. Ironically, where the will of the people has been exercised — Israel — Obama and his administration have not respected the results. They have sought to reject the will of the Israeli people who elected a center-right Likud government, whose mandate was to expand settlements in the West Bank rather than comply with the Obama administration by abandoning the Jewish settlements to Mahmoud Abbas and his unelected regime.

The support by President Obama of the will of the people in Egypt, which resulted in the deposing of President Mubarak after a 29-year rule, is most significant for Israel. What appears evident is that Israel’s peace treaties with both Egypt and Jordan are not treaties between two nations. Rather, each is a peace treaty between the Israeli people/nation and the Egyptian and Jordanian ruling elites only. Once these elites are overthrown, the will of the people — determined largely by Islamist indoctrination — is to void the peace treaty with Israel.

Mubarak did little to educate his nation of 84 million people with regard to Israel being a legitimate nation which as part of the peace treaty sent experts to Egypt to help them develop agriculture, medicine, etc. Contrary to the peace agreement, the Egyptian press — largely government controlled — allowed the dissemination of anti-Semitic TV programs, songs, and publications, in addition to near daily inflammatory articles that fostered hatred for Israel and Jews. And yet, the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, signed in 1979 at the White House, brought 32 years of quiet along the Egyptian-Israeli frontier, albeit not a people-to-people peace. And while hundreds of thousands of Israelis flocked to Egypt, only several hundred Egyptians visited Israel, and those who did were shunned by their colleagues and communities.

Left to the “people’s will,” Egypt would have to impose Sharia law, since 64% of the people demand it, and an even larger percentage wishes to abrogate the peace with Israel. The “people’s will,” which will most likely be championed by the Muslim Brotherhood, will be characterized by a deep hatred of America and the rejection of equal rights for women and religious minorities.

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