Sunday, January 30, 2011

Zionist Organization of America Urges Obama to Support Mubarak

According to Dan Murphy at Christian Science Monitor who's been live-blogging the events as they unfold in Egypt:

3:00 PM EST (9:00 PM Cairo) OBAMA MUST SUPPORT MUBARAK says the Zionist Organization of America, according to an email I just received from a PR firm. The email summarizes the position of Morton Klein, the group's national president, thusly: "The United States must do everything possible to keep Mubarak in power even though he is a dictator – otherwise we risk someone even more radical and extremist taking over. Whoever were to take over would surely be an enemy to both the United States and Israel. Should a group like the Muslim Brotherhood take power, any chance of the peace treaty with Israel and Egypt will surely die." It's a predictable point of view that, of course, amounts to asking the US to defy the will of the Egyptian people. There is been almost no discussion or interest in Israel in a public way from the tens of thousands of Egypt protesters who have taken to the streets this week. Average Egyptian's, like almost all Arabs, have a low opinion of Israel if prompted, but they're focused on reordering their internal affairs. Their complaints focus on low wages, state torture, lack of freedom and so on. Could the Muslim Brotherhood come to power some day? Well, maybe, though that's far from certain and many analysts I respect speculate the group's popularity would fade in an environment were real political movements and parties were tolerated. But even if they rose to parliamentary power, it's hard to see renewing confrontation with Israel -- a drain on resources and a distraction from the demands of the Egyptian people -- would be a first order of business. Statements like this will, of course, feed conspiracy theories that the US and Israel stood in the way of democracy in Egypt if Mubarak manges somehow to hang on.

Not all Jews are Zionists. Far from it.


Chris Taus said...

To think that this mob in Middle East could create freedoms relative to western norms can only be seen though western ethnocentrism. It is ingrained in us to believe that people will always chose liberty as we know it. As such a belief such as this can only be explained through the fiat of ignorance, or the clouded vision of irrational emotive compassion.

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

The "mobs", as you call them, are choosing a real freedom and liberty that WE DO NOT KNOW in the West.

Post a Comment