October 21, 2016

INABILITY TO DIFFERENTIATE JUST KEEPS GETTING THEM IN DEEPER:

War on jihadist groups leaves Cairo caught between Sunni allies, Shiite powers (HAMZA HENDAWI October 21, 2016, AP)

Egypt has made fighting Islamic militants its overriding foreign policy objective, a decision that has brought it closer to Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russia and Iran, in turn antagonizing its chief financial backer, Saudi Arabia.

The policy is risky at a time when Egypt is struggling to contain a homegrown Islamic insurgency and tackling its worst economic crisis in decades. Saudi Arabia, which has helped keep Egypt's economy from collapse with billions in aid, has already signaled its displeasure by holding back promised supplies of fuel.

This direction of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's foreign policy is rooted in the military's 2013 ouster of his predecessor Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

"Cairo's single-minded pursuit of the Brotherhood -- and of any Islamist group that bears the slightest resemblance to the Brotherhood -- has become the guiding principle of Egypt's foreign, as well as domestic, policy," Middle East expert Steven A. Cook wrote in Foreign Affairs magazine.

Nearly all the mistakes in the Middle East since 9-11 flow from the refusal to accept that the Brotherhood is exactly the sort of democratic political movement that America has always sought to encourage.
Posted by at October 21, 2016 10:09 AM

  

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