Earlier today, the Egyptian Military suspended their Constitution ousted the current President Mohammed Morsi. You know, the one we recently gave $1 Billion and some fighter jets. This comes at a time when an ultimatum was issued that he must step down or the Military would act. It seems that neither side wanted to give in, and so we get a Military coup.
What happened in Egypt a year ago was the protesting of a moderate Western-aligned leader, which translated into Obama creeping to the point of calling for him to step down. This was seen as a win for both populist uprisings and the Muslim Brotherhood. After being elected, and backed by the United States, Morsi slowly lost the faith of the people of Egypt. Now, six months before there were to be elections where he could possibly be replaced, he has been placed under house arrest.
What will follow in Egypt is uncertain, but it certainly won’t be sunshine and rainbows. With the military being the only institution holding this country in place currently, what are the people going to do? The people of Egypt, like those in many countries in the Middle East, have been the recipients of Western intervention at it’s worst. While we’ve always been supportive of them in decades past, our constant minding other people’s business in the area has contributed to many of the economic and civil unrest issues plaguing Egypt and other countries like Lybia, Iraq, and anything else we touch.
The United States should sit this one out. Last year, Obama spoke to the value of the will of the people and peaceful transition into a government that protects the rights of its people. This year, we see the results of our haphazard distinctions between who the good and bad guys are. Our main problem is that we DON’T GET IT. Just as I would not expect someone from Egypt to understand the best ways to reform the American government, how can we expect the same?
Two weeks ago, we started our foray into Syria. Do we really need to get involved in yet another country in the Middle East, one in which we already overstayed our uninvited welcome?