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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Policy on Egyptian Brotherhood and the United States

Far too long we have been unduly influenced and harassed by a few conservatives among us, and their policies have brought disastrous results both at home and abroad. Neither do we have to go off the ozone layer with the liberals nor have to stay within the narrow circle; there is a way, the middle way that can bring good sustainable results.

 We need to remember that diplomacy is about finding solutions through dialogue. Humans dialogue because they are endowed with the ability to talk; animals are bent on annihilating each other, because the only thing they got is the muscle and the horns.

I will be on Sean Hannity Radio Show today, it is a national broadcast and you can find your local station at: http://www.hannity.com/stations.

The talk is about the Muslim Brotherhood. He and I have been arguing about the need to talk with the “enemy” even if they were terrorists, “you talk with the ones you make peace with”  said Mother Theresa and not with your friends.

Of course the short-sighted ones (aka the right wingers) will be screaming loud, as if, it is the end of the world. They will gang up and pull all their support systems to push the United States government to reject the duly elected president Dr. Mohamed Mori.

We have made many mistakes in the Middle East, three among them are;

1.    Not recognizing the duly elected Hamas as representatives of the people of the Palestine. Had we done that, we had a chance to huddle with them and work towards a sustainable solution. Instead we rejected them, causing both Israel and Palestinians to dig in their heels. That was a major diplomatic failure on our part.  (many article at this link - http://peaceforisrael.blogspot.com/2007/11/annapolis-include-hamas.html)

2.    Obama’s biggest blunder was rejecting the statehood to the Palestinians - it would have helped the Jewish people anchor their hopes by dealing with a state and accepting the otherness of others, paving a way for Jews to, once again become who they were once;  a people committed to justice, and would have given hope to Palestinians. Obama blew it all. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNYmI6MlhZw

3.    Israel made the gravest mistake by urging the United States to stand with Mubarak, alienating the people of Egypt. Their short sightedness is incredible; their administration simply does not get this that the deal is between people of Egypt and people of Israel and not between Netanyahu and Mubarak. Neither leader should make irresponsible statements to jeopardize what is good.

Now, it is time for us to recognize the Brotherhood without reserve, bring them to the table and develop lasting solutions based on dignity and respect to the people who chose Dr. Mohamed Mori. It is respecting the wishes of the people.

Mike Ghouse is committed to building cohesive societies. www.MikeGhouse.net

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