In this case Obama will be simply repeating the same mistake...again: supporting tyrannical regimes against the will of the people yet hoping that the US will somehow gain their trust and friendship, let alone stability in the area! For the MB to deliver whatever they have promised US, it has to have legitimacy and credibility both of which it has lost, particularly after they deliberately resorted to violence against opponents. What the MB is trying to do now is to terrorize Egyptians into compliance. The situation in Egypt is dangerous, armed MB militias are targeting politicians and demonstrators, and have called for reinforcements from Hamas. It is believed (according to Palestinian sources) that they have already started arriving in cars with Egyptian CD (diplomatic) licences. Salafi militias are laying siege to the Media Production City, where all TV channels are quartered. In the meanwhile, a few cities like Mahala (largest industrial center) and even Alexandria have declared independence from the regime.
Will Obama listen to MB lobbyists who are now in the States among whom are the very same persons who issued orders to armed militias to attack and terrorize unarmed civilians who are simply exercising their civil rights? I hope that Obama is aware that delivering rhetoric while doing the exact opposite will not work, the ME is too familiar with leaders who give the correct sound bites but do the opposite of what they say.
Liberal American analysts and commentators, keen to distance themselves from the post-September 11 legacy of Islamophobia and to give the newly elected Islamists a fair chance, seem to have allowed their allegiances in the US context to shape their understanding of what is happening in Egypt. In the process they have reinforced a number of faulty assumptions.
Edited by meryt-tetisheri, 08 December 2012 - 02:11 PM.