It's Time To Earn that Nobel Peace Prize
As the editors at IBD put it this week in their “Will Obama Lose Egypt” editorial, “Barack Obama sure picked a foolish place to give a community-organizing speech.” I couldn’t agree more, but the jab gives me no pleasure as the world stands at the brink.
Jimmy Carter doddered forth to church in Plains this week to reassure everyone that the hard-line Islamization of our most strategic ally in the Middle East is not going to happen, because he presumably has it on good authority that the Muslim Brotherhood isn’t involved in the ongoing revolution in Egypt. As another infamous Nobel Peace Prize winner, Jimmy Carter ought inspire no more confidence today than in 1979, when he personally let the Islamic-aggression genie out of its bottle and unleashed the modern terror armies wreaking havoc to this very moment.
The shah of Iran was in no way a good guy, although despite his harsh dealings with dissidents (Islamic hard-liners) and his autocratic rule, he was quickly modernizing Iran and bringing more and more prosperity to the people there. The Ayatollah Khomeini, thought by Carter advisers to be “holy” and “some kind of saint,” proved long before the formation of al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood that the Muslims’ “holy man” template was quite disparate from our own.
Currently, the Egyptians are revolting against a regime which has kept them mired in less-than-prosperous conditions, much less free. To be sure, there are modern-minded democracy fighters among the hordes of Egyptian protesters. But I think that anyone believing the Muslim Brotherhood is not the prime entity poised to take power is a bit round the bend at this point.
A scary tidbit was included in the IBD editorial yesterday, “Will Obama Lose Egypt?”:
In 2009, the Egyptian daily Almasry Alyoum reported that President Obama secretly met in Washington that year with representatives of Egypt's jihadist Muslim Brotherhood, the Hamas ally that, while banned, dominates the opposition in the country.
Which brings me to my greatest fear in Obama’s Cairo moment. Have we elected a president who believes that the Muslim Brotherhood in control of Egypt -- and the Suez Canal, don’t forget -- would actually be a feather in his peacemaker’s cap? Has all of Obama’s obsequious bowing and sucking up to Islam been a signal that he really believes Islam is a genuine religion of peace? Does Obama think that allowing Egypt to fall to Islamic hard-liners will force upon Israelis all the concessions he has been unable to get from them? And that once Israel is subdued under the Islamic boot, all will be well and the reign of Kumbaya will be here at last?
Because, folks, if this possibility contains even a single grain of truth, then the world as we know it may be verily about to shift in ways never imagined. And that 3 a.m. phone call will have been answered in a way no American could have ever predicted. I shudder just to think of it.