This guest contribution comes from Tarek Ragheb, an Egyptian-American, senior U.S. aerospace advisor, former U.S. military officer, diplomat and investor who lives in Egypt.
One day after the Egyptian constitutional referendum, Abdul Rahim Ali, a 56 year old political researcher and an authority on the history of the Muslim Brotherhood, is besides himself over the US’s apparent complicity through its silence on both the repressive constitution and the December 15 rigged referendum to adopt this new Egyptian Constitution.
Although many pro political Islam and Morsi supporters in Egypt are pushing for a yes vote to adopt a deeply flawed and hurriedly prepared constitution claiming its the light at the end of the tunnel, Mr. Ali, a pro democracy activist, is sternly warning the United States that this light will unfortunately prove to be the head on freight train.
For all the Obama talk of democracy, freedom and transparency from an administration claiming the moral high ground, the complicit silence over the massive state sponsored referendum fraud by the Muslim Brotherhood is not only puzzling to Egyptian pro democracy activists, its maddening to the likes of Mr. Ali.
Today’s headlines for Masry El Youm, the leading non government owned Egyptian daily newspaper, screamed FRAUD CAUGHT on TAPE! Through excellent investigative and on the scene reporting, the daily uncovered documented countless cases of both sophisticated and blatant breaches where the YES vote was inflated and the NO vote was repressed. With this background Mr. Ali wonders out loud about where is Washington’s high moral ground now?
The loss of Iran under the Carter Administration in 1979 appears to have left no residual lessons for the Obama administration. Mr. Ali warns that with such constitution taking shape that flies in the face of the most fundamental American values of freedom and respect for human, women and children rights, the Obama administration through its silence is bound to repeat the loss of Iran and dispatching Egypt to repressive religious, and eventually anti-US rule for many years to come.