September 28, 2009

Something is Rotten in the State of Egypt

Occasional guest-blogger and former Cairo resident Lee Smith picks up where I left off a few days ago:

The Obama administration's Arab-Israeli peace process is in more trouble than even the White House realizes. To be sure, the Israelis and Palestinians are both dug in, and when the president sought baby steps from the Arabs toward normalizing relations with Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Kuwait rebuffed the administration. But now even Cairo, where Obama hit his reset button with the Muslim world, has made its stand, albeit much less publicly. The campaign against Egyptian editor and analyst Hala Mustafa for meeting with Israel's ambassador to Cairo is sufficient evidence that the first country to have a peace treaty with Jerusalem is no closer to normalization than it was when Anwar Sadat signed the Camp David Accords 30 years ago.

Read the whole thing in the Weekly Standard.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at September 28, 2009 10:30 AM

All of these symposia and seminars and meetings and shuttles between conferences have been going on ever since 1967, and earlier. It seems that the adversaries here don't even agree on the definitions of the primary words used at these gatherings. Nor do they want to.
Who can come up with a better simile than Geo. Orwell and Lewis Carroll versus the whole lot of the rest of 'em in essay contests? How about using a closed mesh cage rotating on a shrieking axle? Or, a kaleidoscope of shifting colors.
On and on...sorry, carried away here....but good grief!

Posted by: Morningside Author Profile Page at September 28, 2009 12:44 PM

Ahhh, Egypt. Recipient of billions and billions of our dollars. What a crock of ...

The animosity toward all things Jewish and Israeli after 30 years of a signed treaty is simply a sign of sickness of the Arab world. Between this article and the one about Ali Salem being ostracized is purely disgusting.

Let's pull the plug on sending them any more money; obviously we're not getting anything back from our invenstment. Any good businessman would look at ROI and make a qualified decision. Is propping up the Mubarak regime worth another $60 billion?

How much longer do you think this woman, Hala Mustafa, will be in her position? Shall we start a pool?

Posted by: Grantman Author Profile Page at September 29, 2009 1:35 PM

I'm glad you posted that side of things,
Grantman, and I wish that I'd said that. Your tone here associated with our "aid" money reads a bit like you've been in the "Grant" giving end of don't have to answer that of course, just trying to read beyond the names.
Frankly, I think we're being played like a too tightly tuned string instrument, as it's recognized that we're trying to straddle too may issues and end up pleasing no one, leading to contempt from many.
Which leads me into my next point that I think we spend far too much time being concerned with what others think about our foreign policies. Who can name one other country on this planet so concerned about how others think? I doubt that
any leader since Alexander or Cyrus had so much "empathy" towards others. Certainly 'empathy' was not their chief attribute.
I remember when Harry Truman recognized the new State of Israel within the hour of its Declaration. Hopefully our very special relationship with Israel will outlast the naive whims of the current administration.

And, I wouldn't make book on Hala Mustafa's career.

Posted by: Morningside Author Profile Page at September 29, 2009 4:49 PM

International journalists must condemn this restrictive and censorious policy by the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate! It is a complete violation of journalistic ethics to restrict a journalist from meeting with someone.
Egyptian Journalists Syndicate = fake journalists.

Posted by: jachapin Author Profile Page at September 30, 2009 11:26 PM
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