Avoiding Foreign Entanglements
February 11, 2011
As of this writing, no one, including myself, is even reasonably sure about what went on and is going on in Egypt. It was much simpler over 30 years ago when the last upheaval occurred in the land of the Sphinx and the Pyramids.
Back then there was one shocking incident which sent the rest of the world into a state of disbelief and that was the assassination of the great Anwar El Sadat in 1981. Sadat was the brave Egyptian leader who did the most noble and courageous thing any Arab leader could possibly have done: He went to Israel to meet Prime Minister Golda Meir and the rest Israeli cabinet.
Sadat kept his word and removed the threat to Israel from that nation’s west. He became a good neighbor and he knew the Muslim Brotherhood would never forgive him for making peace with Israel. But, he continued his public appearances. And one day at a great ceremony in Cairo, he was standing at the reviewing stand right out in the open, proudly saluting the Egyptian flag, when shots rang out and found their mark in the chest of Anwar Sadat. It was said he was standing, because if someone were to take his life, he wanted to die standing up rather than sitting down. It is 30 years since that tragic day.
A large percentage of Egyptians living today were not even born at that time. Many were too young to be aware of what had gone on. But, today in Tahrir Square in Cairo, those same young citizens would not rest until Hosni Mubarak, the man selected to succeed the great Sadat, was removed from the presidency and end his rule.
We are not sure what his transgressions may have been. Many Americans assumed, even if he was a dictator, he was a benign authoritarian. We are not scholars, and we are preoccupied with problems on the home front. But, we should be served better by the 44th president, who is also our first sultan. He proves, time and time again, he is not fit to be the president of the United States. He lacks the knowledge, the gravitas, and courage to handle the day in, day out, rigors of foreign policy.
Why this president or any president has the gall to tell another country who should or shouldn’t be their leader is beyond me. We must never forget the tragic lesson of the inept and pathetic Jimmy Carter who was mainly responsible for the fall of the Shah and the takeover of Iran by the cruel mullahs, headed by the man Andrew Young said would be looked upon by Americans as a saint . . . the Ayatollah Khomeini. Andrew Young’s obtuse and ill-informed words have been conveniently forgotten by most Americans, but the lesson it teaches must never be forgotten.
Our very first president, the great George Washington, said it all when he warned in his farewell address, “Avoid foreign entanglements.” Obviously Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson and others never heard of George Washington.
How many of our students even know who our first president was? I don’t even want to research the answer to that one. I am feeling sick enough as it is.