Rachel Marsden

It's the kind of phenomenon that turns the usual narratives and paradigms on their heads. Those in the "blame America first" crowd must be awfully confused. They blamed America for backing and installing Morsi just a short time ago, and they're now holding America responsible for deposing him. None of this would be possible without the support of the Egyptian people, but that doesn't serve the America-bashers' narrative. In their minds, America's interests are always diametrically opposed to those of the locals. America doesn't need to articulate its foreign policy interests vis-à-vis Egypt this time, since there are plenty of Egyptians who are on the same page.

It would be a shame for this fragile democracy that elected the extremist Muslim Brotherhood (mainly because there were far too many opposition candidates running too diffusely against this mob) to be usurped by something as undemocratic as a military coup d'état. Oh, wait ... no it wouldn't. Because there was very little that was ever free or democratic about Morsi's leadership. I could put the crown jewels on my head and call myself the Queen of England, but no one in their right mind would permit me to lord over them.

Unfortunately, a nation so new to democratic ways had no recall provision that could be used to depose Morsi, so that left revolution as the only alternative to allowing the authoritarian subversion of democracy.

So who else might have wanted Morsi gone besides the Egyptian masses? Well, the Egyptian military and intelligence services -- but they can't really be divorced from the people themselves. Regardless of who has been in power in recent times, the Egyptian military has actively backed the people and has fostered and maintained good relations with America, Israel (since the 1979 peace treaty) and their allies. Take what America's Founding Fathers imagined of a people's militia able to protect the populace from an abusive government, and you have the Egyptian military. That's why America is trusting Egypt with $1.3 billion in annual military aid.

Last month, 43 workers for nongovernmental organizations, including at least 15 Americans, were sentenced in Egyptian criminal court to up to five years of imprisonment after what the U.S. State Department called a "politically motivated trial." Meanwhile, around the time of his ouster, Morsi was seeking to enact a law allowing the Muslim Brotherhood to choose which NGOs would receive the funding generously provided by America, thereby rendering those NGOs little more than the Brotherhood's puppets -- and ultimately Iran's.

Good to see the people of Egypt take a stand against Iranian imperialism and influence.


Rachel Marsden

Rachel Marsden is a columnist with Human Events Magazine, and Editor-In-Chief of GrandCentralPolitical News Syndicate.
 
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