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Egypt’s Morsi channels (Bill) Clinton at NAM conference!

A brilliant political move by Morsi…. He goes to Tehran AND there he castigates syria and implicitly Iran.

US officials should be smiling today…. Not quite like bill clinton’s “sista souljah” moment (where he spoke to an elite black audience and castigated aspects of black culture rather than offering apologetics) – MUCH MORE IMPORTANT. But it is from a similar political playbook that works well all over the world it seems.

Will the US officials learn this lesson and start playing from a different playbook as well? Probably, sadly not.

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“…Morsi, Egypt’s first Islamist president was in Tehran to hand over rotating leadership of the movement to Iran, Syria’s closest regional ally.

He was the first Egyptian leader to set foot in Iran since the Islamic revolution in 1979.

“The revolution in Egypt is the cornerstone for the Arab Spring, which started days after Tunisa and then it was followed by Libya and Yemen and now the revolution in Syria against its oppressive regime,” Morsi told the gathering of chiefs of nonaligned states that included Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

“The Palestinian and Syrian people are actively seeking freedom, dignity and human justice,” he said, adding that “Egypt is ready to work with all to stop the bloodshed.”

Morsi’s description of the conflict in Syria as a “revolution” against oppressive masters jars with the narrative given by Tehran and Damascus that the uprising is separate from the Arab Spring, and consists largely of foreign-backed “terrorists” acting on behalf of the United States and regional countries…”

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Written by nickbiddlenoe

August 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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