The majority of Monday's focus has been on the Arizona immigration ruling handed down from the Supreme Court, but I don't want to forget about another important world development that occurred on Sunday. Ed Morrissey comments on the outcome of the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, Mohammed Mursi, winning Egypt's first free presidential election in history. And I should note that all of the following sarcasm is well deserved, because this is yet another one that Obama and liberals here and abroad got so wrong...
Well, this should make the Middle East a calmer, more rational place … right? Hey, not to worry, though. Who says we can’t work with the Muslim Brotherhood? Why, here’s one of their clerics on the campaign trail earlier, complimenting Israel about Jerusalem and telling the crowd he’d like to visit there soon … joined by a few million “martyrs.”
It’s a catchy tune and you can dance to it, but somehow I don’t see it playing well on American Bandstand. Note well how the cleric tells the crowd to forget about the world and “conferences,” and that Jerusalem (al-Quds) will be their capital.
And don't forget about that Caliphate talk too! But to put this in its righteous context, the above instigator is Safwat Hijazi, Morsi's friend and campaign manager, doing most of the spouting off. However, Mursi can be visably seen in a gray suit seated to the right of the podium.
On a more serious note, Morrissey commented on the Egyptian military's role in this election:
The Egyptian military is not likely to take orders from Morsi that risks its funding or its status in the nation. If the Muslim Brotherhood tries to march on Jerusalem in anything but the figurative, spiritual sense, the military won’t hesitate to depose Morsi and impose its own rule on Egypt — putting the country right back to the Mubarak status quo. They have already defanged the Egyptian parliament in anticipation of this outcome. They don’t want a war with Israel, and certainly not with the US, which is what an attack on Israel will bring. I’d expect Morsi to either play along and be a good little puppet to mollify the Muslim Brotherhood, or suddenly disappear if he doesn’t.
Nonetheless, leave it to the Obama administration to voice their 'congratulations' to the Islamist president.
TheRightScoop: The White House, as you might expect, looks forward to working with the newly elected Islamist president of Egypt. Even Obama called him directly to affirm our support and to congratulate him. [video included]
As I said when Obama first encouraged Mubarak's removal, this is no democratic movement, and folks are fooling themselves if they wish to continue believing that.