Saturday, July 6, 2013
THE SHOE HAS DROPPED
When I wrote about Egypt’s precarious situation just three days ago it was unclear how the future of Dr. Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood dominated administration would unfold. Now we know, Mohamed Morsi has been removed as president of Egypt. After 80 years of military dictatorships Egypt seemed ready for democracy when Hosni Mubarak was removed as dictator. Perhaps it still is. Though the military has unilaterally acted to remove Morsi, it seems on the surface that they are prepared to hand power back to a duly elected government. We shall see.
From the beginning of Dr. Morsi’s administration there have been deep concerns about everything from the legitimacy of his election to his strong leaning to the goals of the Islamic Brotherhood. We should be clear here, Dr. Morsi was not only elected with the help of the Muslim Brotherhood, he is an integral part and advocate of the Muslim Brotherhood ideals. He IS the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood holds to a strict-conservative interpretation of the Koran and promotes the concept of a “Jihadist Process”. They are strictly opposed to the State of Israel.
Some choice comments of the former Egyptian president include:
“We must never forget brothers, to nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred for Jews and Zionists.”
He described Zionists as “these bloodsuckers who attack the Palestinians” and as “these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs.”
“Who is our enemy? The Zionists. Who occupies our land? The Zionists. Who hates us? The Zionists. Who destroys our lands? The Zionists,”
There were many more, but these should suffice to show his anti-Semitic views and long-term goals. Now he is no longer in a strong position to move Egypt into further Islamic radicalization, but make no mistake, there are millions more like him in that nation and throughout the Middle East.
Today, a Coptic Christian priest was killed. This is only the latest attack against Christians in Egypt. At least 29 Christians have been killed since Morsi took office and over 100,000 mostly Coptic Christians have fled Egypt since March 2011.
The Islamists continue to attack Jews and Christians alike throughout the world. While there are many things that divide Jews and Christians, they are being forced into greater cooperation in ways unimaginable even just 20 years ago.
Whether people around the world like it or not, the frontline of Western Civilization is Jerusalem. A holy war of hatred is being waged and the Islamists have chosen their enemies and where this war must be fought. Why are there conflicts in every nation that borders Israel? Is that simply coincidental? Hardly. While terrorist attacks from Boston to London to Indonesia will no doubt continue, the frontline will continue to be the Holy City.
Iranian leader Ruhollah Khomeini was reported by the Associated Press on November 5, 1979, to have stated: “the great Satan, America.” The origin of the title: “Little Satan” was cited in print when Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said “Israel is the little Satan” in a July 1980 interview.
So in the vernacular and actions of the Islamists, America is the Great Satan (although it is sometimes used to describe Great Britain) and Israel is the Little Satan. We must not fall into the trap of diversion from the actual goal of Islamists, the destruction of the Jewish State (Little Satan) and America (the Great Satan), with all of western civilization to soon follow.
While the temporary battle line is Cairo, the frontline is Jerusalem. So we must continue to pray and act for the peace of Jerusalem.