America’s support for Mohammed Morsi during his brief tenure as President of Egypt was worse than just foolish. It was support for an evil, violent, and corrupt regime that make the excesses of Hosni Mubarak seem almost trivial.
Latest information coming out of Egypt reports that mass graves have been discovered in northern Egypt, containing the bodies of thousands of Coptic Christians. Many of them showed signs of extreme torture. According to our sources, three different sites were found, one ten miles south of Alexandria, one five miles east of the city along the Shore Highway, and at least one more in Port Said about two miles not far from the Port Said-Cairo Highway. The sources reported that the graves contained the bodies of women and children as well as men. Although some of the bodies were reported to be newly deceased, dead for only a week or so, most are said to be older, from 12 to 18 months.
Egyptian journalist Ahmed Musa reported last week that the Brotherhood leadership had murdered more than 80 people. Some of the victims were suspected of being police informants. Their bodies were buried in a mass grave inside Rab‘a.
There is no moral justification for supporting a regime that allowed for the targeting of churches or the Christians of Egypt, or for the harassment, rape, torture, and murder of secular Muslims and political opponents, as happened during Morsi’s year long presidency and his attempt to Islamicize Egypt. But the slaughter of thousands because they did not conform to the requirements of radical Islam is downright evil.
There should be no question in Washington about which side of the conflict we are on. The Muslim Brotherhood seeks an Islamic nation governed under Shariah law, and while they rush to cry “innocent victims” and “peaceful demonstrators” when their gun-carrying, rock throwing fighters are shot in the street by Egyptian security forces, they seem to have little problem making victims of fellow Egyptians who reject their brand of radical Islam. They despise the West, openly reject their 30-year old peace treaty with Israel, and have no tolerance for those whose religious beliefs do not conform to their own. The Brotherhood has sanctioned the burning of churches and the murder of Christians.
The secular military, on the other hand, supports the West and the peace treaty with Israel, fights fiercely against terrorism, and embraces diversity in the Egyptian population. In the face of the vicious street fighting waged by Morsi supporters, the murder of civilians, the destruction and looting of national treasures from the nation’s museums, and the deadly attacks on public buildings, the interim Egyptian government has responded fiercely. The ferocity of the government response to the Muslim Brotherhood’s street war and the arrest of many of the Brotherhood leaders may seem unduly strong to Western minds, but it is probably the only thing that will save Egypt from total destruction from within.
On which side should America come down in this civil war? On the side of anti-West, radical Islamists whose mission it is to make Egypt an Islamist state despite the will of its population? Or on the side of the pro-West, inclusive interim government, allied with Egypt’s military, that is striving for an inclusive society governed by democratic principles?
It’s not a difficult choice. How strange that Washington has such a difficult time making it.
Ilana Freedman is a veteran intelligence analyst and editor of GerardDirect.com Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org