The man on the left in the above picture is Abdul and his friend to the right is Mohamed. They are both members of the Egyptian military and to be frank, they are absolute bad-asses. Friendly, tourist-loving, and well-dressed, but bad-asses nonetheless. These men are members of a military unit that protects tourists in the Sinai region of Egypt. The reason that Abdul’s jacket is cut rather large and has a bulge on his left side is because both men are carrying H&K MP5 submachine guns.
I took this picture with my camera while I was standing outside of St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai. You see, the fact is that I’ve actually been to Egypt. These guys had ridden on buses with us from the border with Israel and protected us until we got to Cairo, if memory serves correctly. The reason that I feel compelled to write is that Abdul and Mohamed are awesome guys and if you are an American that thinks the Egyptian military needs to ease up and that President Obama knows what he’s doing regarding Egypt…you are an idiot. I was going to say that you are ill-informed, but idiot is really more accurate at this point.
Here’s the short version: President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton completely botch their handling of the Arab Spring event in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood comes to power, thus endangering the millions of liberal Muslims and 10% of Egypt’s population that is Christan, not to mention women of every religious affiliation. Next, the Muslim Brotherhood starts drafting a constitution that is going to send Egypt back to the time of Salah al-Din (look in up…maybe you’ll really learn something). As that is happening, there are lots of anti-Christian, anti-women, anti-freedom events occurring all over Egypt that our media just refuses to cover because no one at the White House or at the State Department wants the American people to know how badly we’ve screwed up in Egypt (which is the largest Muslim populace of any country on the planet, by the way). Finally, the Egyptian military gets tired of watching their country descend in the Sharia-driven chaos. When the Egyptian military moves to peacefully break up the Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations, the demonstrators suddenly have lots of weapons and fire on police…almost like they were Islamic Fundamentalist Terrorists or something. As for the current situation, you should read these two articles: One, about the violence being perpetrated by the “protestors” and the other, about the liberal Muslim view of the situation.
Now that we’re all up to speed, I would like to give you the main point. Our current Presidential Administration and State Department are completely out of their depth in regards to Egypt. They are wrong and getting worse by the day. The world stands at the brink of a cliff with this Egyptian situation and all of our allies, from Israel to Saudi Arabia know it. God help us if we continue to support our President and his policies regarding Egypt.