I noticed over the weekend that Thaddeus McCotter put himself in the vanguard of conservatives backing the dictator Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and fearmongering over the Muslim Brotherhood and the possibility of an Islamist takeover in the country. He may not have been taking his cues from Israel, but certainly their opinions are in sync:
Israel called on the United States and a number of European countries over the weekend to curb their criticism of President Hosni Mubarak to preserve stability in the region.
Jerusalem seeks to convince its allies that it is in the West’s interest to maintain the stability of the Egyptian regime. The diplomatic measures came after statements in Western capitals implying that the United States and European Union supported Mubarak’s ouster.
Israeli officials are keeping a low profile on the events in Egypt, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu even ordering cabinet members to avoid commenting publicly on the issue.
Senior Israeli officials, however, said that on Saturday night the Foreign Ministry issued a directive to around a dozen key embassies in the United States, Canada, China, Russia and several European countries. The ambassadors were told to stress to their host countries the importance of Egypt’s stability. In a special cable, they were told to get this word out as soon as possible.
The story could have been headlined: “Rats to Women and Children: Stay on This Sinking Ship!”
The Israelis were joined by potential 2012 Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who told the Knesset that “the situation could threaten the world and all those who seek peace and security. The real threat to Israelis is not the bomb but the people behind it, not weapons but the madmen behind them.”
This may seem like the right wing is in a pickle, caught between defending freedom and defending dictatorship. But I think they’re just working to define the new reality, and getting an early start on denouncing whatever following Mubarak in Egypt as a radical Islamist puppet government. I think this could play in the US media – we’re already seeing some of that – but worldwide it can and should be met with total condemnation. If we had smart Democrats they’d highlight this as well.