Western institutions were eager to see what sectarian ammunition Dr Mursi may provide in order to amplify differences within the Muslim Ummah. His performance left them greatly disappointed.
August 30, 2012, 09:45 EST
The arrival of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi on August 30 to participate in the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran points to the changing political landscape in the Muslim East (aka Middle East). He arrived from China in another sign that the US can no longer dictate policy to regional leaders.
The new Egyptian president has also exposed the fake leadership claims of the House of Saud that is totally subservient to the US.
The first-ever independently elected President of Egypt was the main attraction at the NAM summit. Western institutions were eager to see what sectarian ammunition Dr Mursi may provide in order to amplify differences within the Muslim Ummah. His performance left them greatly disappointed. Western media outlets had to squeeze out of context his statements in order to project the so called “great Sunni-Shia rivalry.”
Considering that Mursi is still dealing with powerful authoritarian US proxy forces entrenched in Egypt, it would be simplistic to expect ground breaking statements from him while in Tehran. Without securing the domestic front, the Islamic movement in Egypt has to tread carefully.
Dr Mursi’s proposal to establish a Contact Group for Syria that includes Iran and also have the US participate—indirectly through its Saudi vassal—is a strategically balanced approach. He understands that without ending US interference in Syria, the armed conflict will continue no matter what plan the Contact Group comes up with. Therefore, by including the Saudi tribal regime in the process, Dr. Mursi has left a window of opportunity for the US to find an exit route out of the Syrian impasse.
The Contact Group plan also undermined the Saudi regime. By including it in the group, Dr Mursi diplomatically hinted that “al-Saud is nothing more than a US regional proxy.” While Riyadh has been mum, it is left in a bind. If it rejects the proposal it will further undermine its own credibility; acceptance would mean the Saudis can no longer continue their disruptive role with full force.
True, Dr Mursi spoke against the Syrian government of Bashar al-Asad but the fact that he also said there could be no military solution to the conflict indicates that he realizes the complexities of the problem. Should Iran and Egypt find common ground on some of these issues, the region—and indeed—the world would see a much better future.