In Human Events today, I discuss how Obama’s chickens are coming home to roost in Egypt:
Speaking about the Libyan revolution in March, Barack Obama”‹ hailed “the rights of peaceful assembly, free speech, and the ability of the Libyan people to determine their own destiny,” and also praised “the peaceful transition to democracy in both
Tunisia and in Egypt.” Now, as Egypt rushes headlong toward becoming a Sharia state and going to war with Israel, Obama is scrambling to hold at bay the forces he is largely responsible for unleashing.
After prayers in the mosques on Friday, jihad-minded Egyptians destroyed a protective wall around Israel’s embassy in Cairo and stormed the building, casting Israel’s national flag out the window, along with embassy documents. The police stood by nonchalantly as the wall was destroyed, doing nothing to stop the thugs. An Egyptian security official even admitted openly that “police will not do anything to the protesters, and they will be left unharmed to continue demolishing the wall.” The thugs repaid this passive support by burning a police car near the Israeli embassy. Egyptian military also stood by and did nothing to protect the embassy.
Once inside the compound, the thugs were close to reaching the Israeli guards when President Obama made a call to Egypt’s military rulers, who only then swung into action and stopped the assault on the embassy. Israel’s ambassador and senior embassy staff were spirited out of the country.
“Egypt cannot ignore this hard hit to peace with Israel,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his rival Tzipi Livni”‹ declared: “The break into the Israeli embassy in Cairo was a very serious event in Egyptian-Israeli relations. Peace
between Israel and Egypt is of strategic interest to both states and we need to preserve it.”
That is true, and his call to Egypt’s government is the least Obama could have done to try to preserve that peace, especially given the fact that his abandonment of the undeniably repulsive Mubarak regime paved the way for the ascendancy of the forces he is now trying to control. Mubarak and his predecessors Anwar Sadat”‹ and Gamel Abdel Nasser”‹ kept a lid on the Muslim Brotherhood”‹ and other forces of Islamic fanaticism for decades. Now that they are gone, it is unlikely that the Camp David accords that Sadat concluded with Israel back in the 1970s will long survive. […]
This is the Egypt, and this is the Middle East, that Barack Obama is giving us. And in the coming days and weeks, he will find that the forces he has helped unleash will be impossible to contain.