Friday, February 11, 2011
Pamela Gellar Reacts to Hosni Mubarak Stepping Down
Pamela Gellar may be one of America's most prolific civilian experts on Middle East affairs. A conservative true and true, Gellar has been very outspoken on threats in the wake of the September 11, 2011 attacks.
In the video, while attending CPAC, Gellar raises several key points. The first is the video of the protests in Cairo's Tahir Square only numbered round 10,000. What about the rest of Egypt's 85 million residents? What were there feelings towards former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak?
Another point made by Gellar was that the fall of Mubarak has dealt a blow to the United State' Middle East strategy. She points that President Obama has been weak and allowed Egypt, one of our strongest allies in the Middle East. In doing so, and by encouraging a peaceful transition, we have turned our back on another ally, Israel. Gellar interestingly points out that Obama's failure to stand by Mubarak signifies that the United States has turned its back on Egypt and Israel. In doing so, it proves who needs enemies when you have the U.S. (actually Obama) who failed to be there when our friend (Egypt) needed help.
Gellar correctly states that Obama has been remarkably weak and silent on Middle East peace affairs, especially when innocent Iranians were killed during that turmoil in 2009. Mainstream media fails to report that Obama was silent and ignored the help of peaceful Iranians who also tried to have a peaceful transition of power during Iran's Presidential elections. Of course, because of Obama's silence, Ahmadinejad reclaimed power.
What is not being said, or not being driven home here is that country after country is changing power. While change may be good in the context that some of these countries have been ruled for decades by the same regime, regime change for the sake of regime change may bring adverse consequences. In the case of Egypyt, we need to keep an mindful eye on who takes power after a period of calm that brings in a new democratic process and elections. Putting Egypt in the hands of another Mahmoud Adhmadinejad could create a domino effect through the Middle East that will wreak havoc and cause the region to destabilize.
The mere thought of a destabilized Middle East region could be particularly dangerous to our friend Israel, but it also could impair the U.S. from a national security perspective. With crude oil and gasoline prices already rising, fear of widespread Middle East turmoil could send oil and gasoline prices so high that we as a nation could not afford to fuel our military vehicles, much less transport food and goods throughout the U.S. That is because the liberal progressives have denied the U.S. from having any sort of meaningful domestic energy production to reduce America's reliance on foreign oil. Another topic for another day.
Let's unite in prayer that things work out for the best.
On another note, it is interesting to note that the fall of Hosni Mubarak came thirty-two years to the day after the fall of Iran's Shah. Today, Ahmadeinjad may be rejoicing, but America must be wary of a Middle East that controls seventy percent of our oil supply and one of our most cherished allies.