Egypt is condemning the Syrian regime, but rhetoric is never enough.

Sherif Rizq

The Egyptian president Mursi has proven a great ability in classic rhetoric that was once effective around the beginning of the century, but not anymore. In his speech in the nonaligned countries meeting held in Iran last month he condemned the Al Assad regime by calling the uprising “a revolution against an oppressive regime,” thereby triggering a walk out by the Syrian delegation. Mursi used very old-fashioned wording that just doesn’t find any resonance anymore, using the moral commitment in a world that only acknowledges power. His rhetoric has to have a touch of reality.

In a situation as complicated as the Syrian one, a political leader has to be careful about his stand, especially now Egypt is still in the beginning of formulating the new policies and agenda for its foreign policy. Yet, Mursi seemed so persistent in showing fake unnecessary heroism.

True leaders know a lot about timing, they don’t attack fiercely all the time. And the stand they are taking in any political dilemma has to be well studied. It is not about attacking or about the ideology adapted by the leader. It is about what’s possible and what can serve one’s country best, and in that context Mursi is failing dramatically.

The Syrian game is so intricate that it is hard to be either part of it or direct it at this stage. It is a war that is played in Syria for the interest of other profiteers. Qatar and Saudi Arabia are playing the game designed by the Americans whereas China and Russia support Hezbollah, Syria and Iran. The first front led by the USA and Turkey is trying hard to dismantle the strong hold led by Russia and China. Yet, the small players will never know the results, the results are only written by the biggies.

If Mursi understands the game, it would not be strategically or politically correct to participate in it. If he showed vagueness and used the double meaning strategy, he would have served Egypt best. A country as grand as Egypt either plays a leading role or steps out, but this way Egypt is taking a secondary role thanks to Mursi. He has not shown enough shrewdness or understanding of the political game.

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