The action by the Egyptian military to a) overthrow the Morsi government in a coup or b) protect the Egyptian people from chaos or c) initiate a new revolution in Egypt ]choose one or more] has been greeted with studied neutrality by most of the Arab Gulf States. Not so for Saudi Arabia, however. Within hours of Morsi’s removal, King Abdullah was welcoming the change and congratulating the new, interim government.

There was a long period of time during which the Kingdom welcomed members of the Muslim Brotherhood who had been chased out of Egypt. Many of them found positions in Saudi schools where they were free to teach a stark, fundamentalist form of Islam. Those days are gone. Now, Saudi media — imperfect, but adequate mirrors of Saudi government policy — have been filled with criticisms and denunciations of the Brotherhood over the past six months.

Saudi king congratulates Egypt’s new interim president
Al Arabiya

Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz congratulated the newly-appointed Egyptian interim President, Adly Mansour, on Wednesday.

“In my own name and on behalf of the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, I congratulate you on assuming the leadership of Egypt at this critical point of its history,” said the king in a cable carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA). “By doing so, I appeal to Allah Almighty to help you to shoulder the responsibility laid on your shoulder to achieve the hopes of our sisterly people of the Arab Republic of Egypt.”

King Abdullah also praised the armed forces, saying: “At the same time, we strongly shake hands with the men of all the armed forces, represented by General Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, who managed to save Egypt at this critical moment from a dark tunnel God only could apprehend its dimensions and repercussions, but the wisdom and moderation came out of those men to preserve the rights of all parties in the political process.”

“Please accept our greetings to you and deep respect to our brothers in Egypt and its people, wishing Egypt steady stability and security.”

Related to the events in Egypt, the US State Department has ordered the evacuation of families and non-essential personnel from its embassy in Cairo. It is advising Americans to stay away from Egypt at present and warning women to be aware of a sharp rise in sexual violence.

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14 Responses to “Saudis Welcome Morsi Overthrow”
  1. 1
    Solomon2 Said:
    July:04:2013 - 12:26 

    “It is advising Americans to stay away from Egypt at present and warning women to be aware of a sharp rise in sexual violence.”

    That warning should have been issued two years ago. By contrast, Egyptian-Americans have been quoted as saying that only NOW can they safely send their daughters to visit relatives in Egypt:

    I can’t pretend to be proud of this Administration’s performance when it comes to Egyptian affairs. The irony is that the U.S. has long had a larger diplomatic presence in Egypt than it has in any other Arab country. That so many people could get so much wrong smacks of the very worst kind of groupthink.

  2. 2
    John Burgess Said:
    July:04:2013 - 15:17 

    @Solomon2: Or wishful thinking imposed from the top.

  3. 3
    Solomon2 Said:
    July:04:2013 - 18:29 

    Is there really enough dissent from the State Dept. folks about Egypt policy to blame “the top” in this Administration? I don’t think so.

  4. 4
    John Burgess Said:
    July:04:2013 - 18:33 

    @Solomon2: I don’t know about dissent within State. The SecState and the President (with help, I hope, from the National Security Advisor and others) are the ones setting policy. That’s about as ‘top’ as you can get.

  5. 5
    Solomon2 Said:
    July:04:2013 - 18:43 

    Contrast the current situation with that under Bush 2 when Powell was SecState, there were dissenting opinions issuing from State at least once a week regarding Administration policy in Iraq, etc. Nothing of the sort to be heard now, save a bit on the Benghazi fiasco.

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    Chris Said:
    July:05:2013 - 04:00 

    Interesting to see that Saudi Arabia is siding with those overthrowing a corrupt government that had broken all its promises of reconcilliation and fair dealing whilst the USA is siding with the government that lied and promulagted laws to further oppress christians and women.

    No longer the beacon on the hill.

  7. 7
    John Burgess Said:
    July:05:2013 - 07:10 

    @Solomon2: I think the political preferences of State officers may have something to do with that.

  8. 8
    John Burgess Said:
    July:05:2013 - 07:12 

    @Chris: As the saying goes, “Politics makes strange bedfellows”. I think the US administration is looking more toward regional stability than the plight of individual Egyptians. Both are important.

    I don’t think the Saudis are acting out of 100% pure motives, either… they are more than happy to put a finger in the eye of the Muslim Brotherhood these days.

  9. 9
    Solomon2 Said:
    July:05:2013 - 07:41 

    John, such “political preferences” have morphed into ideological blinders.

    Here Egyptians’ posters express their opinion of the current U.S. president, State Dept., and recent SecState:

  10. 10
    John Burgess Said:
    July:05:2013 - 08:32 

    @Solomon2: I could argue that the blinders started going up in the mid-60s, when moral outrage started to substitute for argument on the part of the American left.

  11. 11
    Solomon2 Said:
    July:05:2013 - 09:55 

    So in your opinion Nixon was right to cut the State Dept. out of most policymaking?

    Nonetheless, the “moral outrage” bit should have its place. Consider the Nixon Administration’s approach to the 1971 Pakistan crisis – supporting a military leadership which issued orders to rape women and exterminate students, politicians, and intellectuals – and it’s well-known that the State Dept. did, too.

    In this case matters have reversed: the Obama Administration supports the anti-democratic M-B regime, which was busy eviscerating the very democratic institutions and freedoms which enabled them to be voted into office. Furthermore, the M-B was so incompetent that Egypt’s descent into economic quagmire was accelerated. It would be the height of tragedy if the Obama Administration’s proclaimed support for “democratic” Morsi results in mass starvation of the very people the Administration claims to sympathize with, as Stalin and his Western supporters did to the Russians in the 1930s.

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    Chris Said:
    July:05:2013 - 10:04 

    @John: I agree, the Saudis have their own reasons, annoying Qatar could be one of them as Qatar has been fairly friendly with the brotherhood.

    I’m just very annoyed and saddened by the reaction of the USA defending Morsi.
    Not just the USA government of course, a lot of western “intellectuals”, such as those given voice in the Gaurdian newspaper, have taken a similar stance.

  13. 13
    John Burgess Said:
    July:05:2013 - 11:24 

    @Solomon2: My quip about liberalism throwing up walls was not particularly directed at State or indeed the US government. Rather, it was a reflection of my experience on campus. It’s colored by my experience within State where liberal values and only liberal values were considered important… or even moral. Do note that the definition of ‘liberal’ makes a major change of direction in the 1960s as well. In my view, at least when it comes to American politics, ‘liberal’ morphs into ‘left’.

    @Chris: Ilya Somin, over at Volokh Conspiracy, has a good piece on the balancing of ‘democratic values’ — of which elections play only a small part — and other humanistic values:

  14. 14
    Solomon2 Said:
    July:05:2013 - 13:02 

    Yes, this left-Islamist alliance produces terrible results. If the Administration had been keen on promoting democratic values after Morsi was elected through a tight grip of purse-strings and refusals to get chummy rather than writing blank checks and rolling out the red carpet to al-Qaradawi’s aides I wonder if the outcome would have been different.

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