Monday letters: U.S. has it wrong in Middle East

July 1, 2013 

Anne Patterson has been withdrawn as U.S. ambassador to Egypt for systematically misrepresenting the egregious acts of the Muslim Brotherhood and President Mohammad Morsi to the U.S. administration.

Her actions caused immeasurable harm to the Egyptian people by hiding the totalitarian nature of the regime that is turning the nation into another Islamist theocracy. The Obama administration must understand the hazards it faces in being blind about the true nature of the current affairs in the Middle East, a most explosive region of major interest to the United States.

Rather than being fired, Patterson is being rewarded; she is expected to be appointed as an assistant secretary of state until her retirement. When will the U.S. administration face the facts in the Middle East and stop labeling the new regimes democratic? What is happening in this beleaguered region is not an Arab Spring but a wholesale transformation into an Islamist hegemony not in the least sympathetic to U.S. interests.

Saba E. Demian, M.D.

Columbia

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