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Published On: Mon, Aug 19th, 2013

Obama Bets & Loses on Kerry as Terrorism & Blood Flood Egypt

A wave of terrorism, much of it by Ikhwan al-Muslimoun (Muslim Brotherhood), triggered a relentless, ruthless response by the Egyptian Army.  Since last Wednesday, clashes have left a thousand dead across Egypt while another rudderless diplomatic juggernaut by the Obama administration ran hopelessly aground.

Religious violence is peaking.  Weeks after the Ikhwan rumor mill blamed Christians for the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, hundreds of “protestors” stormed, looted and burned Coptic Orthodox churches and monasteries throughout the country, attacking as many as 80 Christian targets.

Reporter Aymann Ismail snapped an Ikhwan spray-painting Masr Islameya (“Egypt is Islamic”) on the door of Cairo’s Saint Fatima Coptic Orthodox Church.  Despite having gained the permission of “protestors” to photograph, the reporter was attacked by the man in white.  Beaten and detained, the reporter gained his freedom and got his camera returned after he called for intervention by his cousin, a Brotherhood member.  (Photo courtesy of Aymann Ismail.)

Reporter Aymann Ismail snapped an Ikhwan member spray-painting Masr Islameya (“Egypt is Islamic”) on the door of Cairo’s Saint Fatima Coptic Orthodox Church. Despite having gained the permission of “protestors” to photograph, the reporter was attacked by the man in white. Beaten and detained, the reporter gained his freedom and got his camera returned after he called for intervention by his cousin, a Brotherhood member. (Photo courtesy of Aymann Ismail.)

In Al-Nazla, the Saint Virgin Mary Church was ransacked, burned and looted. South of Minya, the Father Ibram Monastery did not hold Mass on Sunday for the first time in 1,600 years.  Across Egypt, militants went door-to-door, marking a Muslim home or business with a red X and Christians with a black X to identify future targets.

Militants in northern Sinai attacked two vehicles transporting police conscripts Monday, killing 25.  Note the handcuffs visible on one victim (arrow). The slayings occurred a week after 36 Islamist prisoners were killed during the transfer of 600 inmates.  Officials claimed the prisoners died of suffocation by tear gas inhalation.  Some may have.  Others, however, appear to have been torched.  The likely munition was the M651E1 Tactical CS Cartridge, pyrotechnic rounds that caused the fire at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco and the San Bernardino blaze that killed murder suspect Christopher Dorner.  Prisoners’ chests were sutured, after having been filleted from neck to belly.  Gruesome photos here and here.  (Unmarked photo from an Egyptian source.)

Militants in northern Sinai attacked two vehicles transporting police conscripts Monday, killing 25. Note the handcuffs visible on one victim (arrow). The slayings occurred a week after 36 Islamist prisoners were killed during the transfer of 600 inmates. Officials claimed the prisoners died of suffocation by tear gas inhalation. Some may have. Others, however, appear to have been torched. The likely munition was the M651E1 Tactical CS Cartridge, the pyrotechnic round that caused the fire at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco and the San Bernardino blaze that killed murder suspect Christopher Dorner. Prisoners’ chests were sutured after being filleted from neck to belly. Gruesome photos here and here. (Unmarked photo from an Egyptian source.)

 

•  The Take-Away.  At 9 p.m. EET every evening across Egypt, you can hear the sound of hope as Egyptians clang spoons against pans.  The noisemakers call it  masmou3.  That’s an Arabic chat alphanumeric for مسموع , pronounced “moss-MOOR.”  It means “heard” or “audible.”  Viral and growing, masmou3 adherents reject what they call “the binaries,” the view that Egyptians must either support the Brotherhood or the military, one or the other.  They oppose both:

      We’re being bullied out of the space in which we can articulate a position [that] rejects the binaries we’re facing.  That silence is dangerous.

Let’s hope they make more noise.  Meanwhile, Americans must understand the two reasons the Obama administration is tone-deaf to this emerging movement and blind to a path that leads to democracy in Egypt and fulfills America’s political, economic and moral goals in the region, objectives that are vanishing as fast as incense from a Coptic thurible.  First, Obama gambled and lost by appointing as Secretary of State a man whose shipmates, certainly the majority of them, considered him “unfit for command.”  Second, Obama placed his bet on John Kerry’s relationship with Mohammed ElBaradei, an Egyptian Macbeth with no political skills and a reckless attitude toward Iran and North Korea who enjoys more of a constituency in Paris cafes than on Cairo streets.

South of Cairo in Minya, parishioners of Amir Tadros Church celebrated Mass on Sunday in an  alleyway, because their recently renovated church was ransacked by militants.  At 17 million, Christians make up a fifth of the Egyptian population.  (Photo courtesy of Evan Hill in Egypt.)

South of Cairo in Minya, parishioners of Amir Tadros Church celebrated Mass on Sunday in an alleyway, because their recently renovated church was ransacked by militants. At 17 million, Christians make up a fifth of the Egyptian population. (Photo courtesy of Evan Hill in Egypt.)

 

When ElBaradei retired from the International Atomic Energy Agency in November 2009, I told the U.S. Intelligence and Special Operations Communities that his departure was “one of the year’s most positive security developments worldwide.”  This was, after all, the IAEA Director-General who dismissed Iran’s nuclear weapons facility in Qum as “just a hole in a mountain.”  Richard Grenell, former spokesman for several U.S. ambassadors, found a أهبل Arabic for another type of “hole” – in Secretary of State John Kerry.

Mr. Grenell reveals that ElBaradei and Kerry spent “years” plotting how to block President George W. Bush’s foreign policy initiatives in Iran and North Korea while ElBaradei was at IAEA.  This reminded me, a former staffer with Swift Boat Veterans & POWs for Truth, about Kerry’s cooperation in the 1970s with the Viet Cong.  According to documents revealed by investigative reporter Thomas Lipscomb, Kerry helped our enemy “oppose the distorted interpretation made by the White House” of the VC’s “peace offer” at the Paris Peace Talks.  All this transpired while John Kerry was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy.  Everything SwiftVets said was trueJohn Kerry still “cannot be trusted.” 

Neither can Barack Obama.  Soon after he teed off at Martha’s Vineyard, the president learned that he had gambled and lost again.  ElBaradei quit as vice president, dashing all hopes of whatever scheme Kerry and ElBaradei were conjuring.  All the president’s horses, all two of them, couldn’t put Egypt together again.  At least the president’s vacation proceeded unimpeded.

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Tom Wyld

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