The current situation in the
Middle East offers a clear example of what happens when amateurs
face off against professionals - the amateurs end up with egg on
Someone once said that whenever the savages fight the civilized,
the savages always win. The same can be said when professionals
face off against amateurs: the professionals win hands down,
leaving the amateurs with egg all over their faces.
The current situation in the Middle East offers a clear example.
Hamas, a terror group that is always for sale to the highest bidder
(whether it be Shiite Iran or Sunni Egypt), did Egypt's bidding by
rocketing Israel. The reaction from Israel was predictable and
absolutely necessary: defend its citizens at any cost from the
deluge of Gaza bombs.
Hence we have a crisis that was manufactured by one of Hamas's
master puppeteers: the Muslim Brotherhood rulers in Cairo. Are you
following the professionals at work?
Then, predictably, the United States entered the fray with its
current team of amateurs in the White House and the State
Department. They needed to come across as a strong administration
in order to prove worthy of the nearly 70 percent "vote of
confidence" they had won from the American Jewish community during
their election victory.
So the President worked the phones, dispatched his Secretary of
State, and encouraged his amateur team to do everything possible to
forge a cease-fire.
But by then, the professionals in Cairo had set their trap and
it was working mighty fine. They promised the United States that
they would do everything they could to help the President achieve
success. That wasn't very hard since they were the ones pulling the
strings attached to the puppets in Gaza.
By the time Mrs. Clinton arrived in Cairo, the professionals had
a gift waiting for her. The rain of bombs from Gaza had stopped.
What a gift!
Within a few hours of the cease-fire announcement, the Secretary
of State (in-waiting) Susan Rice rushed to the microphone at the
U.N. and praised President Morsi of Egypt for his tireless effort
to achieve a cessation of hostilities. And the villagers
Of course the good feelings lasted only 24 hours. When the
professionals are at work and they have the amateurs entangled in
their net, they move in for the kill. Exactly one day after Rice's
effusive praise for Egypt's Islamist president, Morsi made his
move: he decreed new dictatorial powers to himself.
The "reason" Morsi gave for the decrees? To avoid "attempts to
undermine democratically elected bodies and preserve the
impartiality of the judiciary." Right.
Now the amateurs have egg all over their faces.
The professionals, who waited 90 years to rule this beleaguered
ancient country, have realized their dream. With the absence of
parliament and now a decimated judiciary, Morsi can, and will, do
anything he likes.
Now Morsi is free to: impose the Sharia with its oppressive rule
over women and non-Islamists; declare that non-Muslims are dhimmis
(protected by the state in exchange for taxes and restrictions);
and open the border with Gaza so more Hamas terrorists can cross it
and create mischief for Israel.
The tragic part is that the American taxpayer is footing the
bill for all of that. They are funding this making of a new Hitler
in the Middle East.
In the past, I have exhorted America to "wake up!" But I'm
afraid it is too late for that.
Michael Youssef, PhD is an Egyptian-born American and
founding rector of The Church of The Apostles. His messages are
broadcast 3,800 times a week into 200 countries through Leading The
Way Ministries. He holds a PhD from Emory University in Social
Anthropology. His blog: www.michaelyoussef.com. Follow
on Twitter: @MichaelAYoussef.
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