EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


September 17, 2012

Letter: Bush, Obama, lost Middle East to radicals

To the editor:

On Jan. 27, 2006, Palestinians went to the polls and participated in a free election that the Bush administration had supported and encouraged. The election resulted in Hamas receiving 58 percent of the legislative seats under the Palestinian Authority. This result was shocking to the Bush camp in that the administration had been confident that the more moderate and reasonable al-Fatah would have a far better showing in the votes. Instead the people chose an organization whose aims and thrust are far more in line with those of al-Qaida, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and the Muslim Brotherhood. The Washington Post at that time characterized Hamas as a “radical Islamic movement.”

In June 2009, Iranians went to the polls and provided the virulently anti-Jewish, anti-American, anti-Israel and anti-U.S. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with a resounding victory. Once again the people of a Middle Eastern state had chosen to support a regime whose aims include the destruction of Israel, America and the West. A protest of the election, known as the Green Movement, took place almost immediately, showing that at a minimum there was a vocal minority in Iran who would have their elected leader removed. This movement asked for help from the Obama administration, but their pleas fell on deaf ears. Torture, imprisonment, beatings and killings proved effective in stopping the show of non-support from the dissenters.

In January and February of 2011 throngs of Egyptian protesters forced Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak from power. Some also raped or assaulted at least one, and possibly three or more, female Western reporters on the scene. Mubarak stepped down on Feb. 11. Free elections followed and on June 12, 2012, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate elected by the Egyptian people assumed control.

When one considers that the Egyptian people had also elected a legislature, approximately 70 percent of which is made up of Muslim Brotherhood or Salafi members, it appears that one more Middle Eastern population has come down decidedly as anti Jew, American, West, Israeli and freedom. Salafis, by the way, are seen as even more radical than the Muslim Brotherhood.

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