Meet Mohamed Morsi, the current president of Egypt whose government is supported by the radical Muslim Brotherhood. This is the Mohamed Morsi who, in the not too distant past, referred to Jews as "descendants of apes and pigs," and to President Barak Obama as a liar.
This Morsi, who replaced a much more moderate and U.S.-friendly Hosni Mubarak, leads a government which can at best be described as unstable and at worst as a government which allies itself with the most radical groups in the Middle East.
Meet Fathi Shihab-Eddim, a key player in Morsi's administration. One duty of Shihab-Eddim is the appointment of editors of all state-run Egyptian newspapers. Just one way Egyptian leaders make sure their "news" outlets are on the cutting edge of truth in reporting.
Shihab-Eddim is a non-believer...in the Holocaust, that is. On the day marked to remember that attempt at genocide, the ever eloquent Mr. S-E claimed it never happened.
"The myth of the Holocaust is an industry that America invented," he said, making it crystal clear that this country has significant elements of leadership intent on denying the most documented example of attempts to exterminate an entire race of people. The Holocaust, he claimed, was the product of U.S. intelligence agencies in cooperation with their allies "...to destroy the image of their opponents in Germany...to justify war and massive destruction against military and civilian facilities of the Axis powers..."
Well, Mr. Shihab-Eddim, that's very Iran-ish but what happened to those six million Jews? According to Egypt's denier of record, they were simply shipped to the United States.
Your Humble Observer believes it's important to know where these guys stand because we're in the process of presenting them with gifts that could give Egypt a military edge over just about everyone in the region. The Obama administration is going full bore to ship 20 F-16s and about 200 M1A1 Abrams tanks to the Morsi government.
Funny that our administration sees nothing wrong with putting some of the most sophisticated weaponry in the world in the hands of a country now, apparently, completely dedicated to dictatorial control of its own people and the destruction of our strongest ally.
With 20 state-of-the-art aircraft added to its arsenal, Morsi's air force will now have 200 of the aircraft. The current shipment of Abrams means Egypt will now have about 1,200 of the tanks and a total of 4,000 in its military's inventory. That number reportedly makes Egypt the seventh largest tank army in the world.
Many military experts fear that the ever-evolving hi-tech nature of Egypt's military would sorely test the Israeli army and air force in one-on-one combat. In a conflict allying Egypt with other countries against Israel, the outcome would be in serious doubt.
These weapons are being delivered based on a promise to a previous government and are going into the hands of a nation which now has adopted a constitution based on Sharia law and done much to destabilize the country's legal system. One wonders why someone in Congress did not put the brakes on the deal. Perhaps that alone speaks volumes of the neutered nature of D.C. political leadership.
One congressman, Republican Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas, made a comment which is revealing. "At this point, we don't know where Egypt is headed. We should be cautious about driving them away, but we should also be cautious about the arms we provide," said the vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Two cautions in conflict with only a timid Congress between.
That's patently pathetic. Where the armaments are concerned, we've thrown caution to the winds and might have fed a valuable ally to the wolves of war. And does anyone believe this Egyptian administration cares one hoot about what we think? If Morsi's respect for the U.S. was measured in inches, it wouldn't amount to a teensy weensy flea's teensy weensy.
In large part, the current Egypt is a creation of our naiveté'. Remember the Arab Spring? Remember democracy breaking out all over the Middle East, according to our ownself's leaders? Well, here's an example of what happens when high idealism meets the reality of the Middle East.
Putting Egypt in a more solid position militarily is somewhat akin to the farmer handing the fox a key to the hen house, then handcuffing the hens. It's chicken one day, feathers the next and we're helping with the plucking.