Protests erupted in Egypt as Mohamed Morsi decreed that courts can no longer review his decisions. The move makes Egypt an Islamic dictatorship. The move came one day after the Obama administration heaped praise on Morsi, elevating his international status.
As enraged demonstrators torched Muslim Brotherhood offices in several Egyptian cities, a defiant Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi defended his recent decree granting himself sweeping powers before a crowd of supporters outside the presidential palace in Cairo Friday.
Among Egypt’s secular opposition groups, there was mounting alarm over Morsi’s declaration that no court could dissolve the country’s Constituent Assembly, which is drawing up a new Egyptian constitution.Yes, you read that last paragraph correctly. It is not a typo, the Muslim Brotherhood is writing the Egyptian constitution.
The rewriting of the new constitution has been a controversial issue, with most non-Islamist members quitting the Constituent Assembly – including representatives of the Coptic Christian Church and the April 6 Youth Movement, which played an influential role in the 2011 ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak.
Morsi previously released Muslim Brotherhood terrorists including a top Al Qaeda member's brother, Ayman al-Zawahiri. Muhammad al-Zawahiri was released by Morsi in March after having been sentenced to death for terrorist acts in Egypt. Many of these Muslim Brotherhood terrorists were then sent to Libya and Syria to infiltrate the militias and take control of new governments. In the Libyan election, the Muslim Brotherhood was narrowly defeated.
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The Obama administration's praise of Morsi was reported by ABC News: **warning: autoplay video**
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is being credited with brokering the cease-fire today between Israel and Hamas, but the international gratitude and praise he is getting could come with a political price at home.
Both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama heaped praise on the Egyptian president. Obama called his Egyptian counterpart today to thank him for his efforts in the negotiations, and Clinton expressed her gratitude personally in the press conference announcing the deal.
"I want to thank President Morsi for his personal leadership to de-escalate the situation in Gaza and end the violence," said Clinton. "This is a critical moment for the region. Egypt's new government is assuming the responsibility and leadership that has long made this country a cornerstone of regional stability and peace."
The praise was given despite the fact that Egypt needs billion of dollars in financial aid from America. If Morsi had not pursued a cease fire, the money may have been threatened. Further, the cease fire is tentative at best. It is simply time for the terrorists to reorganize and rearm.
Update 11/25/2012, British Sunday Times:
ISRAELI spy satellites have spotted a cargo vessel at the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas being loaded with rockets and other weapons that analysts say may be bound for Gaza via the Red Sea, Sudan and Egypt.Allow me restate my point.
The cargo was prepared last week at the same time as a ceasefire was agreed to end eight days of hostilities in Gaza in which Israeli forces bombarded Hamas positions and hundreds of Iranian rockets were fired at targets in Israel.
It appears that President Obama armed and emboldened the enemies of Israel. Once terrorists were armed with shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, President Obama gave the"green light" for Israel to attack. Any significant loss of Israeli aircraft would be a major blow against their capability to target the Iranian nuclear program or fend off an invasion by their neighboring enemies.
Update 11/22/2012, Associated Press:
Israel underestimated Hamas and "fell into a trap," claimed a leading Hamas hard-liner in Gaza, Mahmoud Zahar.We have not seen confirmed news reports of downed Israeli military aircraft, but such information is not typically released to news media. There is a report that Israel lost an F-16 in Gaza. The report was denied by the Israeli military.
Other Hamas leaders bragged that their improved arsenal, including longer-range rockets and anti-tank missiles smuggled from Iran via tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border, helped deter Israel's military.
Further, American families had Thanksgiving holiday off. The big news story for Thursday and Friday was the Israel-Hamas cease fire. Morsi decreeing Egypt an Islamic dictatorship could cause President Obama some blow-back, but Americans will no longer be sitting around stuffed with Turkey watching the news.