Friday, July 5, 2013

So why are we all celebrating again?!

I have to admit that I am quite amazed at the celebratory tone of much of the blogosphere in regards to Egypt.  Let me say immediately that I have no use for Morsi or his al Ikhwan al Muslimun but, guys, is it not apparent what is going to happen now?

Kaveh L Afrasiabi aptly summarized it for the Asia Times:
Henceforth, a post-Morsi Egypt will likely embed itself more firmly in the Saudi-led conservative camp, take a more assertive role vis-a-vis the crisis in Syria, provide greater assurance to Israel and put to rest the US and Israeli concerns about any regional realignment, in other words, a "thermidorian" restoration of status quo foreign policy approach favored by the unreconstructed Egyptian armed forces.  For sure, such a development in Egypt is antithetical to the interests of Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah in Lebanon, not to mention Hamas in the Palestinian occupied territories, and will free the hands of Israelis even further with respect to their current policy of settlement expansion, their disregard for a Middle East peace process, and the strangulation of Gaza.. 
 So which part are we so happy about?

A pro-Saudi Egypt?
More Ikhwan intervention in Syria?
Greater assurances to Israel and the US?
A return to the status quo ante?!

Is it not clear to everybody that the Egyptian revolution has been hijacked?!

And then this: who elected Mr ElBaradei the head of the opposition?  Not the Egyptian people, that is for sure.  So its either the US NSC or the Israeli Cabinet.

As far as I know, ElBaradei is the prototypical international organization bureaucrat, a loyal Bilderberger and a "trusted" guy 100% vetted by the New Word Order.

So why are we all celebrating again?!

The Saker