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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Blame Jimmy Carter For The Egyptian Unrest

I am surprised that more political commentators haven't said this already. I blame Jimmy Carter for the unrest in Egypt right now.

The reason I say this is that it was Carter that "brokered" a peace deal during his administration between Israel and Egypt. This was really the only significant accomplishment by Jimmy Carter. Of course, I quoted "brokered" above because he didn't really broker anything. He paid the Egyptians off.

Israel was already receiving more foreign aid from the U.S. than any other nation in the world. This is one of the reasons that the Arab nations hate us so much, because we continue to be the main reason that Israel isn't A) overrun by its Islamic neighbors, B) a smoking hole, or C) Both. So Jimmy C. slithered up to the negotiating table and made Egypt a close second behind Israel in the U.S. foreign aid sweepstakes.

Let me state, for the record, that I am staunchly pro-Israel. In fact, if it were up to me, Egypt wouldn't see another red penny, and I would give all of their aid, as well as any foreign aid we are giving to Gulf region nations (save Iraq) to Israel.

Back to the issue at hand. Carter. What an idiot. So we have been giving billions in aid since 1979 to Egypt. Carter, the Idealist, dealt with a rogue nation. Here is what transpired from Wikipedia:
This treaty was welcomed with controversy. The Arab nations, and especially the Palestinians, condemned it and considered it as a stab in the back. PLO Leader Yasser Arafat said "Let them sign what they like. False peace will not last."[5] On the other hand, the treaty led both Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to share the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize for bringing peace between the two nations. However, Anwar Sadat became unpopular in the Arab circle as well as within his own country. Egypt was suspended from the Arab League as a result of the treaty for 1979-1989[6]. His unpopularity grew, leading to his assassination on 6 October 1981 by members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad.
Since Sadat's assassination, Egypt has secretly supported anti-Israel initiatives, while outwardly being friendly in order to continue taking the billions in aid from the United States. Further, the nation itself, the individuals that make-up the nation, never liked Israel, never recognized Israel, and would never support a leader that did.

So while current President Hosni Mubarak outwardly supports Israel, he only does so to keep the aid flowing. It has caused him to have to survive 6 assassination attempts himself since he took over for Sadat in 1981. Meantime, this internal tension has been on the rise in Egypt for 30 years. It finally spilled over due to economic chaos. Unemployment at 39% coupled with the increasing cost of food made Egyptians remember "oh yeah, we hate Israel, and therefore we will use our misery to make this guy (Mubarak) go".

So in the end this is exactly what you would expect. Carter paid the Egyptians to broker a phony peace. The people revolted against it immediately. Throw in horrific economic conditions (Carter knows about those as well!) and you have the fuel for a revolt and a lit match all in one location.

Thanks Jimmy!

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