CALLS FOR MORE “DEMOCRACY” IN EGYPT BUT DENIES IT TO THE UNITED STATES
by Sharon Rondeau
Obama himself had campaigned in 2008 on a platform of “hope and change” which some view as having resulted in massive debt, a stagnant economy, an unpopular, if not unconstitutional, health care bill and unkept promises of “transparency.” Obama is now touting “change” in Egypt, but what kind of change is he advocating?
Obama had apparently advised and expected Mubarak to resign. On January 30, Time had reported that Obama would “remain on the sidelines.” But is pushing out the leader of a long-time U.S. ally “remaining on the sidelines?”
Earlier today, it was announced that Hosni Mubarak had resigned amid protests deemed by one report to be fueled by “people power” and a desire for “basic human rights and the ability to congregate and nonviolently state their opinions; they are asking for access to information through a free media that is not censored and that media is not arrested, and they are also asking for the ability to share information with one another so that censorship does not happen on Facebook and Twitter.”
MSNBC has reported that the Egyptian president “until the end seemed unable to grasp the depth of resentment over his three decades of authoritarian rule.”
Regarding the future of Egypt, Obama has stated that he supported the idea of The Muslim Brotherhood’s involvement in a post-Mubarak Egyptian government. But are Obama and his advisers responsible for toppling Mubarak in favor of Islamic fundamentalists’ taking on a role which had previously been denied them in Egypt? On February 2, Obama said, “It is not the role of any other country to determine Egypt’s leaders. Only the Egyptian people can do that.” However, he then called upon Mubarak to step down, advocating a “transitional government.”
It appears that the Muslim Brotherhood is already expected to play a role in the new Egyptian leadership. According to Wikipedia, the Muslim Brotherhood had indicated that it had sought the establishment of an Islamic government in Egypt prior to the current revolution. It has been described as “Egypt’s biggest opposition group” and been banned there since the 1950s.
One journalist stated that “He doesn’t think they’re lying” when The Muslim Brotherhood said it does not wish to establish Sharia law in Egypt. However, the group issued a statement today following Mubarak’s resignation which reads, in part:
Our track record of responsibility and moderation is a hallmark of our political credentials, and we will build on it. For instance, it is our position that any future government we may be a part of will respect all treaty obligations made in accordance with the interests of the Egyptian people.
Because we are an Islamic movement and the vast majority of Egypt is Muslim, some will raise the issue of sharia law. While this is not on anyone’s immediate agenda, it is instructive to note that the concept of governance based on sharia is not a theocracy for Sunnis since we have no centralized clergy in Islam. For us, Islam is a way of life adhered to by one-fifth of the world’s population. Sharia is a means whereby justice is implemented, life is nurtured, the common welfare is provided for, and liberty and property are safeguarded. In any event, any transition to a sharia-based system will have to garner a consensus in Egyptian society.
The Muslim Brotherhood has branches in the Sudan, Somalia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Jordan and Israel.
Following Mubarak’s resignation, Obama reportedly said of the transition:
That means protecting the rights of Egypt’s citizens, lifting the emergency law, revising the constitution and other laws to make this change irreversible and laying out a clear path to elections that are fair and free. Above all this transition must bring all of Egypt’s voices to the table.
Obama has also supported the changing of another country’s constitution, Kenya, “offering incentives” and reportedly spending $2,000,000 of U.S. taxpayer money to promote the proposed revised constitution last summer. It ultimately passed a referendum and included the right for a woman to have an abortion for the first time in that nation’s history.
Prior to the 2008 presidential election, Obama had inserted himself into Kenyan politics by openly campaigning for Raila Odinga, a Marxist Muslim educated in the former East Germany, who had run for president in Kenya but lost in a hotly-contested election followed by the murder of approximately 1,500 Christians attending church and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people.
Several Kenyan officials have stated that Obama was born in Kenya, as has a Tanzanian newspaper. His wife Michelle identified Kenya as her husband’s “home country” during the presidential campaign, but the video appears to have been scrubbed from the internet.
When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the White House in March of last year, Obama reportedly “humiliated” him by walking out of a meeting to attend dinner with Netanyahu and failing to arrange for the customary photo-op with the visiting head of state.
In his book The Audacity of Hope, Obama wrote that he would “stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” Has he kept that promise by supporting the Muslim Brotherhood’s re-entry into Egyptian politics and supporting Odinga, who had promised Sharia law if elected?
In regard to the U.S. Constitution, Obama has steadfastly refused to produce even the slightest proof that he meets the eligibility criteria of “natural born Citizen” to serve as President and Commander-in-Chief. An 18-year veteran of the U.S. Army sits in prison for asking for such proof of the putative commander-in-chief rather than Obama simply providing it to assure all members of the Armed Forces that he holds office legitimately.
Given Obama’s participation in the chaos in Egypt and Kenya, his statement on national TV about “my Muslim faith” and “standing with the Muslims,” his treatment of Netanyahu and his hosting of Iftar dinners at the White House, is it possible that the Muslims have orchestrated a takeover of the United States? If so, can it be stopped? Should it be?
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.