When my wife and I retired and returned to the Valley I thought I would keep my big fat mouth shut concerning political events; however, the events in Egypt and our government’s response to those events are most disturbing. As a young man I spent many years in the Arab world so I must speak out.
The Egyptian government was not a democratic government nor was their election a democratic election. Our president, whom I supported, released a statement, which simply made more Arabs hate us. The supporters of the Egyptian president have always disliked us but now that dislike will turn to hate as they believe we did not support their elected government and the opposition will dislike us because we are not supporting their demand for a government which has pathways which will allow them to participate in the government and will have methods in which their concerns can be addressed.
Al-Qaida and who is now the head of Al-Qaida. The Muslim Brotherhood’s members are Salafists. Salafists seek to reestablish the caliphate, which is the Islamic control of all lands from Spain to China. Those are the lands that the Muslims controlled at the height of the Muslim conquest.
The answer to the problems of Egypt are not simple. Theirs is a civilization which goes back several thousand years and the Egyptians have never had a democratic government. I wish them well and just hope that our government will study the Arab people in more detail so that better decisions can be made.
To my Egyptian friends I say “May peace be with you.”