Short memories can lead to long regrets.
An Egyptian Court has sentenced former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and over 100 others to death Saturday over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak and later brought Islamists to power for the first time in Egypt. Also sentenced to death with Morsi in the case were 105 defendants, most tried and convicted in absentia.
Amnesty International condemns the mass verdict on grounds that 1) all the evidence used to convict is inadmissible and 2) death verdicts are the usual way to eliminate political opponents in Egypt. And while there may be merit to both objections, there is also a lesson here for those in the West with the attention span of a flea.
Mohammed Morsi was a key player in the Muslim Brotherhood. He attempted to ensconce himself in unquestionable authority once elected and allowed thousands of Hamas and Hezbollah terrorists to enter Egypt across the Sinai. It was soon apparent to Egyptians that the “Arab Spring” that ousted Hosni Mubarek and freely elected Morsi was a nightmare error.
This is the point at which we need to remember.
President Obama publicly supported the Arab Spring uprising, encouraged it, and even called Morsi to congratulate him on his election. Let’s also remember this same President did not call President Benjamin Netanyahu upon his recent election victory.
It was well known before and after the Arab Spring that Morsi was a major player in the Muslim Brotherhood, a known terrorist organization despite refusal by the Obama Administration to label it as such. In fact, the current President of Egypt, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi who was the military chief at the time of Morsi’s ouster and who won the Presidential vote in a landslide, has made it a top priority to end terrorist breeding grounds in Egypt and the Sinai by rousting both the Brotherhood and ISIL strongholds.
It is of utmost importance that we remember and, yes, judge the consequences of this Administration’s foreign policy that fails to call radical Islam by its name, facilitated the election of a major player from a known terrorist organization, and is at this moment negotiating with Iranian leaders that through their policy of state-sponsored terrorism publicly avows their intention to destroy both Israel and the United States.
The saying “Those who fail to remember history are doomed to repeat it” originated for a reason. Our country under the Obama Administration has been, and continues to be, on the wrong side of history. Combine the propensity to repeat what we fail to remember with that fact and you have the makings of Neville Chamberlain’s tragic error in trusting Adolph Hitler.
We humans were given memory for a reason. Let us not fail to put ours to good use and avoid repeating errors in judgment that have repeatedly led to the death of millions. We can get it right this time around…but only if we remember.