Verhindert Obama den Kampf gegen den radikalen Islam?
by Raymond Stock
March 19, 2015
Originally published under the title, „Egypt’s Sisi wants to defeat radical Islam. When will Obama, US support him?“
Secretary of State John Kerry told Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi last week that he „expect[s] a decision very soon“ on the full restoration of U.S. military aid to Cairo.Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi continues to reach out to America for help in rallying the forces of good against a rising tide of evil—the ever-spreading virus of militant Islam.
And so far we are still snubbing him.
As I have written before in this space, Sisi appears to be a surprising successor to the heroic British leader who first rallied his own people, then appealed to the New World to join not only his, but humanity’s, cause against the Nazi menace—which is in many ways similar to the Islamist one today.
Despite America’s declared need for strong Arab allies in the war against ISIS, which Sisi is already fighting in the northern Sinai, and has even bombed in Libya, our own government’s commitment is still pending.
After meeting with Sisi last week at the giant Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC) in the southern Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Secretary of State John Kerry said on March 14, „I really expect a decision very soon,“ about restoring the full $1.3 billion in annual U.S. military aid, largely suspended since the ouster of former President Mohammed Morsi at widespread popular demand in July 2013.
While swearing his own support for Sisi’s program of economic liberalization, Kerry could not say the renewal of the whole aid package would be approved. Given that Kerry has seemed more positive about Sisi than his boss, President Obama, for some time—with little effect — his influence may not be decisive.
Despite America’s declared need for strong Arab allies in the war against ISIS, our government’s commitment to Sisi is still pending.
Meanwhile, Sisi announced on March 16 that the EEDC—featuring 3,500 delegates from 52 countries, among them 50 heads of state–had produced an impressive $60 billion in direct investment and soft loans, all desperately needed after 4 years of political upheaval and economic destruction.
The action was led by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait—Sisi’s main partners against the Islamists, apparently with little American involvement beyond private investments by General Electric.
Yet despite America’s declared need for strong Arab allies in the war against ISIS, which Sisi is already fighting in the northern Sinai, and has even bombed in Libya, our own government’s commitment is still pending.
The Obama administration backed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood organization during the Arab Spring, when they rapidly established an elected Islamist dictatorship, prompting the largest demonstrations in history.
The U.S. and Western media have lost credibility with most Egyptians for their criticism of Sisi for cracking down on the MB and other Islamists since taking power as well as elements of the secular opposition who refuse to seek permits to stage demonstrations, a measure imposed to limit the chaos that has prevailed since the 2011 overthrow of long-time president and U.S. ally, Hosni Mubarak, plus extreme behavior by the judiciary, which Sisi insists must remain independent.
The criticism has ignored or minimized a terrorist campaign to overthrow Sisi—himself freely-elected in June 2014—by the once ostensibly (but never really) peaceful MB, which openly backs the global jihad.
But Sisi’s critics were silent when Morsi, during his year in power, openly smashed opposition to his rule and declared himself above the Constitution and the courts. American aid then actually increased—but has been slashed under Sisi, who gained twice as many votes in 2014 as Morsi did in 2012.
The American-trained Sisi has been forced to radically diversify his lines of military supply.MB television channels have lately broadcast calls to murder Sisi and journalists who back him, as well as a demand by a newly announced group, the Revolutionary Punishment Movement, that all foreigners leave Egypt by the end of February–or else be „hunted down.“
Meanwhile, U.S. backing for the MB has not ended: the State Department hosted a delegation of MB-allied former lawmakers from Egypt at Foggy Bottom on January 28. That group also met with a representative from the White House the same day—shocking Cairo even further.
All this has driven the American-trained Sisi—very reluctantly—to radically diversify his lines of military supply, signing a $3 billion purchasing agreement with Russia (with which Egypt will also build its first nuclear power plant) and a $5.5 billion deal with France to buy its advanced Rafale fighter-bomber. Volltext: