Will Morsi Apologize?

Sep 12 2012 @ 12:39pm

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Libyan officials have been quick to condemn the violence in their country, but Egypt's politicians are staying silent. Marc Lynch believes Egyptian leaders are making a huge mistake:

Morsi and the Brotherhood do not seem to understand, or perhaps they simply do not care, how important their public stance is today in defining their image.   The U.S. has taken real risks by engaging with the Brotherhood, pushing for democratic change despite their likely victory in fair elections, and insisting that the Egyptian military allow the completion of the transition after Morsi's victory.   That was necessary to have any hope of genuine democratic change in Egypt, and the right position to take.  But I suspect that many in Washington will feel that they have been repaid with Morsi's silence after the breach of the Embassy wall which could well have resulted in the same kind of tragedy as in Benghazi.  And that will have enduring effects on the nature and extent of American support for Egypt's transition — how much harder is it going to be to get debt relief through Congress now?  It is quite telling that Obama said nothing about Egypt in his remarks about the deaths in Benghazi. 

(Photo: Egyptian protesters tear down the US flag at the US embassy in Cairo on September 11, 2012 during a demonstration against a film deemed offensive to Islam. By /AFP/Getty Images)