As Iranian Hosts Watch, Egyptian and U.N. Leaders Rebuke Syria – NYTimes.com

To understand this story you need to first recognize that the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is a coalition, named during the Cold War when countries chose sides between the  West and the U.S.S.R..  This group continues to wield an outsized influence, particularly in General Assembly and ECOSOC committees–where majoritarian voting dominates–and so this alliance of countries has the numbers to call the shots.

And so, Egypt’s new president makes a trip to Tehran with an unexpected message that doesn’t make his hosts very happy:

Mr. Morsi, Egypt’s new Islamist president, whose decision to accept Iran’s invitation to attend the meeting was considered a major victory by the Iranians, likened the uprising in Syria to the revolutions that swept away longtime leaders in North Africa like Mr. Morsi’s own predecessor in Egypt, Hosni Mubarak.

“The Syrian people are fighting with courage, looking for freedom and human dignity,” Mr. Morsi said, suggesting that all parties at the gathering shared responsibility for the bloodshed. “We must all be fully aware that this will not stop unless we act.”

Mr. Morsi, pointedly, did not mention unrest in Bahrain, possibly to avoid offending Saudi Arabia, which has helped Bahrain’s monarchy suppress the uprising.

With the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, sitting beside him, Mr. Morsi delivered a stinging rebuke of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, whom Mr. Ahmadinejad and other Iranian leaders have staunchly defended throughout the conflict.

via As Iranian Hosts Watch, Egyptian and U.N. Leaders Rebuke Syria – NYTimes.com.

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2 thoughts on “As Iranian Hosts Watch, Egyptian and U.N. Leaders Rebuke Syria – NYTimes.com

  1. The story also includes several talking points that both Morsi and Ayatollah Khamenei agree on–reforming the Security Council and giving Palestine an official seat in the UN, for example. These are big issues, made bigger when considering Iran-Israel relations. But it looks like foreign policy will take a back seat in the US presidential election as long as the economy remains stagnant (http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/03/romneys-missed-foreign-policy-opportunity/). This is unfortunate, but understandable. The average American is going to care more about feeding his or her family than how many centrifuges Iran has stored underground.

    • katiaroque says:

      I was surprised and somewhat relieved when I read how a conservator Egyptian president stood up against an oppressive government. The impression I get from both the government of Syria and Egypt (even under new management), is that they are both oppressive, in different levels, but still long ways from full democracies. So, the fact that one stood up against the other makes me believe that there is still hope for the middle east population, who are caught up between selfish and abusive leaders and left with the constant threat of violence and poverty. And as a response to the previous comment, the average American population has little to do with the current struggles in Syria. However, the American government is not getting as much involved as it should and not framing to its citizens the importance of helping the Syrian population because Syria is not a major economic ally, and so, the driving force of interventionism, money so to speak, is not an issue in this case. I would be surprised if the United States, and many of its major allies (including Brazil), did more than condemning (a.k.a. talking), instead of doing something really significant to help the Syrian population.

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