Adam Taylor of the Washington Post is having a wet dream fantasy about Mohamed Morsi, and Kareem Fahim of the New York Times is sharing it. They both wrote about their delusions in their respective papers, who actually printed such folderol.
Sebastian Gorka* posted on Breibart about this double fantasy of bringing the ousted Egyptian leader and Muslim Brotherhood member in to negotiate a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.
Fahim, who has been in trouble in the past for his less than objective writing on the "rebels" in Syria, pushes a narrative in which the guilty party is the new democratically elected President of Egypt. Retired General Abdel Fattah el Sisi is painted as obsessed with the security threat in the Sinai when in fact he should be reprising the 2012 role of his predecessor, Mohammad Morsi, as mediator between Israel and the terrorists of Hamas.
The fact that Morsi was the head of a theocratic Muslim Brotherhood government committed to destroying democracy in the Middle East, and that Hamas is formally a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood that the US government lists officially as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, does not come into Fahim's reasoning. The fact that Hamas' own charter makes clear both that it is part of the Brotherhood and committed to destroying Israel seems to have escaped the author too.
I don’t think the facts escaped Fahim, I think he simply takes the Palestinian side regardless of the inevitable outcome to Israel should Hamas get its way. More simply: he hates Israel. As for Taylor, he attended Columbia University, one of the most anti-Israel schools on U.S. soil. Apparently he got his money’s worth of bias and is now heaping it by the manure cart onto his readers.
In the WaPo article, Taylor longs for 2012, when Morsi was hailed as a “peace maker”.
As negotiations began in November 2012, no one was surprised that Morsi came down on the side of the Palestinians. What was surprising, however, was that he seemed to be able to do so without alienating the Israelis. The Egyptian president pledged to adhere to the 1979 Israel-Egypt peace treaty, for example, and kept lines of communication to Israel and the United States open as tensions grew.
Let’s just see how much Morsi was a friend to Israel. In 2011, his police stood aside while Muslim Brotherhood thugs stormed the Israeli embassy in Cairo, prompting the ambassador’s recall to Jerusalem. In May 2012, Morsi moved tanks into the Sinai, a clear violation of the 1979 treaty that Taylor said Morsi “pledged to adhere to”.
Israel was alienated, but they had no choice. In 2012, they could have declared the treaty dead and started an open war with Egypt, or allowed Morsi to repair the Muslim Brotherhood’s ties with Hamas, who was upset that Egypt had not simply cancelled the treaty outright. It was a no-brainer.
Morsi’s Egypt opened the porous southern border into Gaza, helping thousands of rockets find their way in. Rockets that are now raining down on Israel at the rate of hundreds a day. This is the Morsi that Fahim and Taylor want to come in as some kind of Superman to calm the hostilities today. It was only after Morsi’s ouster that the scope of his operation to rearm Hamas was learned when 1,370 smuggling tunnels were destroyed by Egypt’s military.
If there is a worse idea to stop Israel and Hamas from their decent into the Hell of war than summoning Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, I can’t think of one. Perhaps if the WaPo and NYT will stop printing Jihadist fantasies and start reporting news…that may be too much to ask.
*Sebastian Gorka Ph.D is the Major General Matthew C. Horner Distinguished Chair of Military Theory at the Marine Corps University and the National Security and Foreign Affairs editor for the Breitbart News Network.