A distraction of the masses while the elites aided by sycophants do their dirty work?
The protests continue in Turkey. And, Obama continues relations with Erdogan in Turkey.
Not a surprise.
The push for war in Syria was the main topic, though Obama found time to pay lip service to non violent free-expression. blah, blah, blah......
|Obama and Erdogan|
The full White House readout:
"President Obama spoke by phone yesterday with Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey.Syria:
"The president and prime minister discussed developments in Syria, including the regime's use of chemical weapons against its own people, our shared commitment to pursuing a political solution, the need to provide additional support to the Syrian Coalition and the Supreme Military Council to improve their effectiveness, and the importance of close bilateral cooperation on contingency planning and counterterrorism efforts.Lip service:
"The prime minister also described the situation in Turkey. The two leaders discussed the importance of nonviolence and of the rights to free expression and assembly and a free press."Muslim Brotherhood Erdogan in Turkey is safe despite massive protests in Turkey. So what about Egypt?
Egypt looks to be on the verge of a protest movement. Or a move to protest.. Creating greater instability. Not that Egypt has been very stable since the installation of Morsi. The Western/Israeli sanctioned divide between Sunni and Shia looks to be coming into play.
Morsi is encouraging this split. (In service to NATO/Israel?) Which makes his so called leadership suspect. What is he leading Egypt towards? Dissolution and dissension? Balkanization? Certainly not strength or unity.
Egypt turns on Shiites
Is this the action of a unifying leader?
Antagonism against the tiny Shiite minority is rising as extremists make use of their newly found freedom after President Hosni Mubarak's fall in 2011. Ultraconservative Sunnis hold Shiites as archenemies.
Egypt's new president, Mohamed Morsi, apparently does not object. A week ago he listened approvingly to clerks insulting Shiites during a rally against Syria's Bashar al-Assad, a Shiite himself.
Mohamed Morsi, leader of the nation of Egypt listens approvingly while clerks heap insult on Shiites. Appropriate behaviour? I don’t think so. Behaviour appropriate to destroying Egyptian society? Yes.
Outcome of Morsi’s approving behaviour?
Taking their cue from the president, sheiks in Zawyat Abu Musalam have ratcheted up the anti-Shiite rhetoric in recent weeks. Zawyat Abu Musalam, a small village south of Cairo, was witness to the latest atrocity from Egypt. On Sunday afternoon, a Sunni mob numbering some 3,000 attacked the home of a Shiite family, lynching at least four and torching the house. Another five houses belonging to Shiites were also set ablaze, injuring dozens. Eyewitnesses to the tragedy say the sheikhs accused the village Shiites of insulting Prophet Muhammed and spreading debauchery. One video shows members of the mob, covered in blood, justifying their doings saying the Shiites were holding "group sex" parties.Fomenting religious divide. Divide to conquer. Morsi would be pleased considering his loud and clear approval of clerks insulting Shiites during a rally of Muslim extremists regarding Syria.
More on Morsi and Obama's silent approval of this disturbing behaviour:
Bahaa Anwar, a Shia activist, said he held Morsi responsible for the attack, as Morsi has held back from calling out incitement against Shias in the past. And Morsi has attracted controversy for appointing Adel al-Khayat governor of Luxor province, even though al-Khayat belonged to an Islamist party linked to a massacre of 58 tourists in 1997.I can't help but conclude that this chaos and divide is being fomented intentionally
Amid increasing political and economic instability, mass demonstrations against Morsi have been planned for June 30, the one year anniversary of his inauguration.
"The political situation is definitely worsening," said Dina Hassan, an Egyptian expatriate. "It has gotten to the point where the streets are not safe again."
Yet despite Egypt's internal turmoil, the Obama administration has shown no signs of stopping its support of the Muslim Brotherhood-led government.
Earlier this month, Secretary of State John Kerry quietly allowed $1.3 billion of military aid to Egypt despite the country's failure to meet human rights and democratic standards.
A key condition of the aid was that Egypt "is holding free and fair elections, implementing policies to protect freedom of expression, association and religion, and due process of law."
But this condition was waived due to "the interest of the national security of the United States."
June 30/13 protests- Will the army put down the protestors or support them?
Can they do it again? Can they get millions back into the streets from Sunday and force President Mohamed Mursi to step aside, perhaps with a nudge from the army? Can they end the Islamist rule which Badr and his friends feel has usurped their revolution after only two years.
Badr thinks so, even if he shakes his head occasionally in disbelief that what he started in a casual conversation with friends a couple of months ago has swelled into a mammoth petition, backing nationwide rallies from this coming Sunday, that has the president and his allies seriously worried.
"I have no doubt, from what we saw during the signature campaign and our ability to gather millions of signatures from people in no time, that we will succeed," the 28-year-old newspaper and television journalist told Reuters.
"People will protest on June 30 and eventually we will force Mursi to do what we want. It is just a matter of time."
Mursi, for whom Sunday will mark his first anniversary in office, has dismissed efforts to unseat him as undemocratic - a view broadly echoed by others, from the head of the army to Islamist former militants and the U.S. ambassador in Cairo.
The Turks may have thought they could force change for their numerous legitimate grievances. Erdogan is still in power. Morsi and the Egyptian military have loyalties that lie elsewhere. Erdogan and Morsi will go only when the US and Israel have no more use for them.