WITH THE HELP OF THE UNITED STATES?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 23, 2012) — Democratically-elected and U.S.-supported Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi assumed new powers on Thursday just after playing a major role in effecting a cease-fire between members of the terrorist group Hamas and Israel.
Morsi’s spokesman said that “The president can issue any decision or measure to protect the revolution. The constitutional declarations, decisions and laws issued by the president are final and not subject to appeal.” Morsi’s power was initially limited by the Egyptian military, which had been loyal to ousted leader Hosni Mubarak. In August, Morsi had forced the retirement of several generals in what Morsi described as being “in the best interests of this nation.”
Protesters of Morsi’s claim to new powers burned several offices of The Muslim Brotherhood, which brought Morsi to power, and engaged in hand-to-hand combat with Morsi supporters.
Morsi has now ordered a new trial for Mubarak and declared that the courts cannot challenge any of his decrees. Mohamed El Baradei, an Egyptian and former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, condemned Morsi’s move, describing it as a usurpation of power.
The Muslim Brotherhood, of which Morsi is a member, condemned the cease-fire which had been discussed with Obama while he was visiting Cambodia. The New York Times reports that Obama is “heavily invested” in Morsi in spite of his connections with The Muslim Brotherhood, which had been outlawed in Egypt prior to Morsi’s ascension to power in June of this year through the first democratically-held election in the nation’s history.
Obama wrote in his book that he would “stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” A Middle Eastern analyst told The Post & Email last month that the U.S. is “appeasing” The Muslim Brotherhood. Obama and Morsi reportedly “forged a link” in their discussions of a peace accord between Hamas and Israel.
The Muslim Brotherhood is now a recognized political party called the Freedom and Justice Party, although its members had run in Egyptian parliamentary elections as independents as early as 2000. The group had said that it would not run a candidate for the presidency, but Morsi ran and won the election on June 30 following the Arab Spring protests which toppled several Middle Eastern dictatorships.
During the uprising in 2011, the Brotherhood was reported to have wanted to “establish an Islamist state in the Arab world’s most populous nation.”
A cease-fire agreement between Palestinians in Gaza and Israel was declared to take effect at 9:00 p.m. Egyptian time on Wednesday. However, a Palestinian leader has stated that “armed resistance” will be used to achieve the group’s goals. On Thursday, Israel’s ambassador to the United States said that the cease-fire was holding after eight days of rocket fire which resulted in the deaths of 163 Palestinians and six Israeli soldiers. However, on Friday it was reported that a Palestinian man was killed by Israeli gunfire after several warning shots following his attempt to place a Hamas flag on a security fence which had been designated as off-limits because of “explosive devices” which have been found there by the Israelis.
The same Palestinian leader, Khaled Meshaal, recognized Iran as a source of arms and funding for the attack on the Israelis. The Obama regime was reported by The New York Times to have been in secret negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, a statement refuted by Obama before and during the last presidential debate and by his National Security Council spokesman, Tommy Vietor.
The Palestinians in Gaza wanted Israel to provide greater access the West Bank.
Morsi holds a Ph.D. in materials science from the University of Southern California and taught for three years at California State University in Northridge, a suburb of Los Angeles.
While his newly-consolidated powers are allegedly “temporary” until a new constitution can be adopted, Morsi has vowed to “go ahead” with a “corrective revolution.”
Barack Hussein Obama has issued numerous executive orders which forge closer relationships between federal agencies and state governments; allow young illegal aliens to remain in the country in violation of standing federal immigration laws; seizing four wind farms; nationalizing “defense resources;” and to impose sanctions on “Senior Officials of the Government of Syria,” where the U.S. government could have been funneling firearms through its ambassador to Libya, who was killed in a terrorist attack along with three others in Benghazi, Libya. The Obama regime has not clarified why it issued repeated statements that the attack was a protest sparked by an anti-Islamic video.
Obama involved the United States in Libya without consulting Congress, which some have contended is a violation of the War Powers Act. He has approved the deployment of U.S. soldiers on U.S. soil, a violation of the Posse Comitatus Act.