As events spin out of control in Egypt, Syria continues to boil over and Iran draws nearer to developing nuclear weapons, it's time to take stock. Or at least, attempt to take stock of a fast-evolving and unstable Middle East.
In the past week, more than 1,000 people have been killed and scores injured in Egypt in a bloody army crackdown on protesters, many of them members or supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. Violent clashes have broken out across this ancient nation.
A few observations:
- It is oh, so typical of the Obama administration to side with the Muslim Brotherhood. There is strong evidence that deposed President Mohamed Morsi was elected last year through voter fraud. And aside from many secular, Christian and moderate Muslim Egyptians rejecting Morsi for his attempts to Islamicize the nation's government, simple food shortages, hunger and starvation were impetus enough for millions to want Morsi gone. Morsi is not only a thug, he's incompetent when it comes to economics (this seems to be a common fault among thuggish strongmen). The leadership vacuum in Egypt and the O-man's support of Morsi have led to hatred and disdain by many Egyptians toward the United States and can only foster further unrest. I thought Obama was going to make the whole world love America after all of the ill will generated by "W"? Oh, well...
- It's worth noting that the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters have been on the rampage against Christians, killing them and torching dozens of churches. If it were Christians killing Muslims and torching mosques, the O-man would send in the drones. But Muslims killing Christians? No problem!
- A development that hasn't generated much press in the midst of Egypt's troubles is the report that when the Benghazi, Libya attack occurred on Sept. 11, 2012, 400 surface-to-air missiles were stolen by terrorists of unknown affiliation. So says former State Department employee Mark Thompson, one of the Benghazi whistleblowers. Some of the missiles found their way into the hands of Syrian rebels (some of whom are affiliated with al Qaeda). The CIA's presence in Benghazi at the time of the attack was ostensibly to round up the missing missiles.
- Meanwhile, in Syria, where over 100,000 people have died in the past 2 1/2 years as rebels seek to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad, there is now infighting between different rebel groups — the Kurds and Islamist groups affiliated with al Qaeda. As tens of thousands of Syrians flee their war-torn nation to neighboring countries, conditions in refugee camps are deteriorating dangerously.
Threats of terrorism against western targets prompted the closing of embassies and consulates throughout the Middle East and North Africa earlier this month, and more threats continue to be made.
Things do not appear to be close to settling down, nor can we expect calm in the coming months. This would be bad enough if we had a competent president, but instead we have a celebrity-in-chief more concerned with hob-nobbing with rappers and athletes than doing the heavy lifting of being a leader and promoting sound policy.
While some may enjoy their schadenfreude as the uber-arrogant Obama gets humbled and stumbles, utterly out of his depth, we must not lose sight of the fact that our nation and our lives will suffer, too. The Transportation Security Administration is probably licking its chops over new ways to harass travelers not just at airports, but at train and bus stations and possibly subways. The NSA won't let up on its spying, and the anti-semitic left will be in high gear.
In short, it's gonna get uglier before it gets better.