Friday, July 5, 2013

A Comment on the U. S. Role in the Military Overthrow of the Egyptian Government

Probably the Only Comment

This Forum has not commented on the events in Egypt where the army has ousted an elected leader and replaced him with, they say temporarily, a judge.  The reason this Forum has not commented on the situation is that unlike most other commentators and some members of Congress, this Forum does not know enough and probability will never know enough about the situation to make an intelligent comment.

But there is one thing everyone can agree upon, in response to this statement by a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, that being the group that was ousted from power.

“Washington, with its lever on the Egyptian army, could stop it, unless they sent a green light for it,” said Islam Abdel-Rahman, a member of the foreign-affairs committee of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party. “This is a military coup that was warned about for two days against a democratically elected government.”

No, the U. S. could not have stopped what is happening in Egypt.  We cannot stop what is happening in most of the world.  The U. S. is simply a large, but largely ineffective power in a world where local activities are controlled by local residents.  Korea, Vietnam, Iran, Iraq,Libya, much of Africa etc have all taught everyone that truth.  Only people like John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman and their ilk haven’t gotten the message.  They may never.

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