For Israel, every crowd has a silver lining

Ethno-sectarian grievances have caused radical Islamists to cast their attention elsewhere.

By GARY GAMBILL
October 16, 2012 12:15
3 minute read.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy [file photo]

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy 300 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Addressing the UN General Assembly last month, the Arab world's most popular elected leader railed against what he called the "tragedy of the age," decried the victimization of a people dear to "the hearts" of his countrymen, and condemned an oppressor that "kills … day and night." This strident rhetoric might have passed unnoticed but for one important detail – the speaker was not talking about Israel.

To be sure, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsy made the usual call for "an end to colonization, occupation, and settlement" and urged his audience to support the "full and legitimate rights" of the Palestinians. But it was the oppression of Sunni Arabs by an Alawite-dominated, Iranian-backed dictatorship in Syria that clearly occupied his attention.

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