Keep eyes open on Egypt this time

info@islandpacket.comJuly 14, 2013 

I would not pretend to be an expert on international affairs: I do not necessarily believe that the enemy of my enemy is my friend, that the friend of my enemy is my enemy, the enemy of my friend is my enemy, etc. But I also do not believe that a country with a democratically elected president is necessarily our friend, or is even on the same page as our country.

The rush to embrace the "democratically" elected government of Egypt was a mistake on the part of our inept State Department. The terms "Arab Spring," "Shihira Law" and "Muslim Brotherhood" should have been enough to suggest caution on our part. Instead we almost immediately granted them financial aid and sold them fighter aircraft. A more cautious approach would have been to wait, see what sort of constitution was adopted, and look at the governing philosophies of the new regimes.

Hindsight is 20/20, but I would hope that our State Department would not rush to any agreements with the new Egyptian regime. Through back-door methods, John Kerry should let it be known that jihad, Shihira law, radical Islamists and the subjugation of females are antithetical to the beliefs of civilized nations. We should conduct our relations with these tenets in mind. Except for humanitarian aid, there should be no assistance until they show signs that they are moving into the 21st century.

In the same vein, except for humanitarian relief, I do not believe we should become involved in Syria's problems.

Robert Scott

Hilton Head Island

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