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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

This Is Our Fate With Uncle Sam!

Cairo AKHBAR AL-YAWM, 29 Jun 96 pp 1, 8
by chief editor Ibrahim Sa'dah

I am not surprised by the current U.S. clamor against Egypt because of allegations made by official U.S. circles that the Egyptian Armed Forces have acquired components for Scud surface-to-surface missiles from North Korea. This is not the first time, nor will it be the last, that Uncle Sam provokes a crises with the Egyptian leadership whenever this leadership obtains a victory, scores a goal, or achieves a world-class breakthrough for its people and its Arab nation.

Uncle Sam's uproarious wrath against Egypt and its leaders would have been more understandable if the Egyptian pan-Arab and global victories and successes had been directed against U.S. interests, in their strongholds of influence inside and outside the Middle East. What is difficult to understand or accept is that all these achievements were totally unconnected with U.S. interests. What is really strange and astonishing is that Uncle Sam has always become angry with Egyptian policy whenever Israel believed that Egyptian policy contradicted its interests or gave succor to the Palestinian Arabs, the Syrian Arabs, or the Lebanese Arabs in the peace negotiations. This means that Uncle Sam does not get angry when the issue is about his own interests, but when Israeli attitudes are being resisted or when Uncle Sam imagines that something is threatening Israeli interests or undermining Israel's position in the peace talks.

These eruptions of U.S. anger are still fresh in our minds. We cannot forget how the U.S. Administration and the U.S. Congress' two venerable houses flew into a rage and how the U.S. media--audiovisual and print--launched rabid campaigns against Egypt, its policies, government, and leaders whenever relations became tense between Cairo and Tel Aviv for whatever reason.

For example, when President Husni Mubarak urged that the Middle East be cleared of all weapons of mass destruction, his humanitarian and civilized call did not find a response from the world's current sole superpower, the United States, which had for many years trumpeted the virtues of the new world it sought to establish where all nations would live in peace and security, with no ominous wars and no nuclear weapons capable of total annihilation and extinction of the human race. This same superpower, which now solely leads the new peaceable world, became angry with us because we urged Israel to comply with the peace and amity advocated by the United States and to reject weapons of mass destruction!

We thought that President Mubarak's call would be greatly appreciated by the U.S. Administration. This is in line with the principles and the world peace objectives this administration has heralded. It is amazingly odd that this call was fiercely resisted by Washington, just because the only Middle Eastern state which Egyptian President Muhammad Husni Mubarak demanded give up its arsenals of weapons of mass destruction is Israel. As we all know, the United States is prepared to offend any state in the five continents except the Hebrew state, which was implanted in the middle of the Arab nation.

Uncle Sam may welcome the elimination of all weapons in the Middle East, as long as this means ridding Arab countries of these destructive weapons that can threaten the security of the Israelis today or tomorrow. But Uncle Sam strongly and fiercely refuses any attempt on the part of the president of the biggest and strongest Arab state in the region--President Mubarak--to touch the arsenal of weapons of mass destruction--including nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons--which its fostered child Israel owns. It was inconceivable for Uncle Sam to reject the civilized, humanitarian, and peaceful call President Mubarak publicly made, since this would reflect a crude contradiction between what the U.S. Administration said yesterday and what it is saying today. Uncle Sam naturally ignored President Mubarak's call, at the same time its frantic trumpets were launching a campaign against Egypt to defame it, question its intentions and threaten it and perhaps prompt the Egyptian president to withdraw his call or spare Israel the need to respond to this call and let it keep its weapons, destructive methods, and threats to its Arab neighbors.


President Mubarak managed to assemble the Arabs, through their kings and presidents, in a first Arab summit meeting held in Cairo since the last stormy summit of 1990, immediately after the Gulf crisis broke out.

As this Egyptian move succeeded, there were unanimous expectations that the Israeli anger would not be confined within the borders of the Israeli state and that it would go beyond those borders and reach the heart of the U.S. capital, Washington, from where it would bounce back to Egypt in a more clear and expressive way.

This is what actually happened with the start of a propaganda and diplomatic campaign planned and carried out by uncle Sam, with his known and usual proficiency against Egypt and its policy and leadership. What is knew about this frenzied defamatory campaign is that uncle Sam invented the issue of Scud missiles. It has been said that Egypt obtained manufacturing components of these missiles from North Korea. The aim of this was to justify the new campaign, with which perhaps Egypt would be intimidated and Egypt's leadership would be convinced to be slow and patient before contemplating an attempt to embarrass the Likud party's new government in Israel.

The U.S. Administration does not want Egypt or others to create any crisis that might weaken President Clinton's chances for reelection in the November presidential elections. The head of the new Israeli Government, Netanyahu, knows this fact very well and he also knows that the U.S. Administration will not allow any tension between it and Israel during the election campaign months, for concern over the Jewish lobby's votes. This alone gave Netanyahu the opportunity to make unbridled statements, to be emotive in his threats, to renege on his country's obligations, and to relish the Palestinian people's fears. Netanhayu does all this because he knows very well that President Clinton's administration will not anger him nor oppose him and that the administration will not hesitate to renounce all previous commitments that it had asserted and declared it would be obliged to implement.

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