Egypt-Obama-MorsiWhen the dust settles in Cairo, at least long enough to make out anything through the smoke and flames, it may turn out that the Muslim Brotherhood has suffered its worst blow at the hands of none other than Barack Hussein Obama.
The blow will not have been intentional. Like the killing of Bin Laden, a useful intervention carried out by Navy SEALS who were perhaps less than enthusiastic about Obama’s plan to use the civilian trial of the terrorist leader as a prop for dismantling the military tribunal system, it wasn’t something that he meant to do.
It just happened.
Obama could never have intentionally defeated the Muslim Brotherhood. But he may have just hugged it to death.
To understand the Middle East is to understand that the deaths of hundreds of protesters or massive street fighting don’t really matter all that much. Not in a region where Saddam Hussein or the butchers of Sudan could pile up enough corpses to start an entire country and still enjoy the support of the Muslim world.
The trick is killing the right people. Saddam Hussein killed Shiites and Kurds with religious and ethnic differences from the region’s Arab Sunni baseline. Sudan killed Christians and animists who are infidels and rebellious dhimmis making them even more foreign and more “killable.”
It is that foreignness which is all-important. Muslims are not supposed to kill Muslims unless they’re somehow “foreign” either by being members of a heretical sect or a different ethnic group. And if all else fails, they can be pawns of foreigners. That is why both sides in Egypt keep accusing each other of being Jews.
Osama bin Laden aimed at America to hit the House of Saud because it allowed him to charge the Guardians of Mecca and Medina with being American puppets.
That is the charge that has been laid against the Muslim Brotherhood. It is what makes killing them of no more note than a minor change in the weather. The only charge against the Muslim Brotherhood that matters is the charge of “foreignness.”
Obama’s embrace of the Muslim Brotherhood made them fair game in the Muslim world.
The military and the opposition understood immediately that the only way the overthrow of Morsi could be made palatable to most Egyptians was by portraying it as a fight not merely against the Brotherhood, but against a conspiracy between Washington and the Brotherhood. The Egyptian people might be divided on Morsi, but they could be united against Obama.
Their plan was to hang Obama around the Muslim Brotherhood’s neck.
The Muslim Brotherhood belatedly scrambled to portray the coup as an American-Zionist conspiracy, but it was late to the party. Tahrir Square had already been choked with banners demonizing Kerry, Obama and Anne Patterson for their support of the Muslim Brotherhood.
And the Brotherhood had trouble making the case that its downfall was a plot by Obama, when Obama kept insisting that the Brotherhood’s leaders needed to be released and returned to power.