Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Global Impact: The Collapse of Foreign Tourism in Egypt is a Direct Result of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Arab Spring

COMMENT: I have not been particularly bashful in articulating my thoughts regarding the United States' response to the Egyptian Revolution of 2011.

As I have said in the past, although former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was hardly a saint, and far from it, for the better part of three decades he was loyal to the West in terms of his having a strong position on Islamist terrorism and in keeping Egypt relatively secular.

Not only did President Obama and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stand silent when the 2011 Revolution unfolded, but also did not use "their good offices" to indirectly help Mubarak to the extent possible given his demonstrated loyalty to the US over a period of some 30 years.

Our readers are reminded that former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated in 1981 by fundamentalist army officers. That event could very well have ushered in Islamist extremists, but fortunately Mubarak was in the right place at the right time, sparing the West years of terrorism that might never have occurred if Mubarak had not been there.

For those of our readers who are following developments in Egypt, I urge you to read the below link to an excellent article authored by BBC correspondent Aleem Maqbool, which was carried in the March 11, 2013 issue of:

http://www.africareview.com/Special-Reports/Egypts-tourism-nightmare/-/979182/1717446/-/kgi6mfz/-/index