Morsy to Visit Iran
By Micah Halpern
Sunday August 19, 2012
I've Been Thinking:
New Egyptian President Mohammed Morsy has decided to accept the invitation of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and visit Teheran.
The visit will take place on August 30. It is the first time in 33 years that a visit of this level is taking place. Not since the 1979 Iranian Revolution that unseated the ruling party and established the Islamic Republic of Iran has the president of Egypt has visited Iran.
Morsy will participate in the Non-Aligned Pact meeting that Iran is hosting. Iran is the international chair of NAP.
The Pact was created during the cold war in order to give voice to the many countries not aligned with the US or the Soviets. Now, well after the fall of the USSR, the Non-Aligned Pact continues to lend a voice but it has shifted its focus so that today it is a counter to the West and the United States.
Mosry got the invite form Iran last month but hesitated to respond. Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority had no qualms and immediately confirmed his participation.
Going to the NAP conference means dancing with Iran. This is not a gesture, it is a significant statement about which diplomatic side the PA and Egypt are now on.
The United States is losing Egypt and the Palestinian Authority to Iran. I am not certain that US even realizes what it is happening. If the US does have a counter move, now is the time to use it. Now, or never.
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