Mohammed Morsi is at it again. About a month ago, I wrote a column concerning Egypt’s new radical Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi. In the column, I provided numerous quotes and anecdotal evidence that supported my claim that Morsi was a dangerous radical. Once again, Morsi has come to the forefront of the political field with his new decree that gives him massive and far-reaching power.
In the decree, Mohammed Morsi claims that his decisions are above judicial review; essentially neutering the Judiciary. The judges reacted swiftly to the decree. According to the Associated Foreign Press:
“Egyptian judges on Saturday slammed a decree by President Mohamed Morsi granting him sweeping powers as “an unprecedented attack” on the judiciary, and courts across two provinces announced a strike.”
Following an outcry from the judges and the public, Morsi decided to meet with members of the Judiciary. In this meeting, he reassured the judges that his decree would not infringe upon them, in that it is “temporary” and relating only to “sovereignty-related issues.”
According to Eric Draitser, of stopimperialism.com, “This is mainly to placate the people who are angry and are in the streets.”
I could not agree more. Despite this “concession,” protests still rage in the streets of Cairo. This is clearly a power grab by president Morsi, and it will not stop there. This decree will not be temporary and his hunger for power will only continue to grow.
In response to all of this, Hillary Clinton called the foreign minister of Egypt, and urged Morsi to share power in the country. And herein lies the root of our foreign policy problems.
This administration’s responses to situations like these are tentative, at best. First, it was the tightening of the sanctions on Iran, now it is an urge to share power in Egypt. It’s like nicely asking a shark not to eat people; it doesn’t work. You must cut off resources to these countries in full. We need to stop importing oil from Iran, and we need to cut off the billions of dollars in aid we provide to Egypt.
Just as you cannot kindly converse with a shark, you cannot simply ask that Mohammed Morsi be less power-hungry; and that Iran stop developing nuclear weapons capabilities. The Obama administration has placed themselves in a position of weakness from which they cannot escape. We cannot simply ask of these regimes; we must demand, then cut off aid completely.