* U.S. chooses stability over democracy in Egypt; James Brandon: On Thursday, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood president declared all his decisions to be irrevocable and immune from any form of judicial challenge or overturn. Morsi said this would allow him to achieve “political and economic stability” and to “defend the revolution”: an ominous phrase beloved by every revolutionary-turned-despot from Robespierre to Lenin and Mao.
* Just hours before, Hillary Clinton told a press conference in Cairo that “Egypt’s new government is assuming the responsibility and leadership that has long made this country a cornerstone of regional stability and peace.”
* The “stability and peace” trade-off that was reached between Clinton and Morsi in Cairo is clear; in return for Morsi persuading Hamas to agree to a ceasefire with Israel, the U.S. would allow him to seize new ‘temporary’ political powers under the guise of ensuring ‘stability’, both in Egypt and in the region.
* The judiciary was the last branch of government still acting as a significant brake on Brotherhood ambitions. Now opposition protesters will face tougher sentences, while Brotherhood members will be allowed to continue their attacks on rival demonstrators and use sexual assault to intimidate liberal female oppositionists, with impunity.
* Hillary Clinton’s ‘peace and stability’ trade-off has only granted Israel a short-term reprieve and has in the longer-term stacked the odds against the survival of the Jewish homeland. Following Clinton’s visit, Mohammed Badie, the Brotherhood’s real leader, publicly reiterated the group’s view on Israel that “jihad was obligatory” on Muslims.
“MR. OBAMA SHOULD CONDEMN THE POWER GRAB”
Egypt’s Islamist Coup
The Wall Street Journal (lead article)
November 24, 2012