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A crusader in Cairo: Pompeo's pompous imperialism has no clothes

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20.01.2019

"In my office, I keep a Bible open on my desk to remind me of God and his word, and the truth." This is the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talking, at the American University in Cairo, the capital of a major Muslim country.

The evangelical preacher, abusing his hosts and mistaking a university lector for his hometown church pulpit, then made sure his audience knows the militant intentions of his invoking the Bible. "And it's the truth, lower-case "t," that I'm here to talk about today. It is a truth that isn't often spoken in this part of the world, but because I'm a military man by training, I'll be very blunt and direct today: America is a force for good in the Middle East." A military man with the Bible on his side and a nuclear arsenal to his name: the crusader stood there and delivered the message to Egyptians.

"America is a force for evil," something must have been whispering in the militant preacher's ears. The evangelical crusader descending on Muslim lands, had the entire audience of the Mahometan infidels sitting politely in front of him and listening. He was Guy of Lusignan incarnate.

Does this image, right out of the history of the Crusades with a modern twist bother anyone?

Trump has indeed drained the Washington swamp as he promised - and unleashed it into the streets, alleys, squares, governmental organisations and US embassies around the globe. It is everywhere to be seen and smelled if you can bear the stench.

The crusader was in Cairo the guest of the leader of the military coup against Egyptian revolution, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The rude effrontery of Pompeo has nothing to do with Egypt or Egyptians. The dignity of the name "Egypt" and "Egyptians" should never be sullied with such loutish imperialism protesting his evangelical vulgarity too much.

This was no ordinary evangelical preacher delivering a speech in Cairo. He was the poster boy of American Islamophobia. "In addition to Pompeo's potential hawkishness," wrote Ishaan Tharoor in Washington Post, back when Pompeo was nominated as Trump's "top diplomat," "critics are worried about Pompeo's troubling track record on religion and intimate association with the Islamophobic fringe in America." The person who passes as "top diplomat" in Trump's America, has a sustained record of visceral contempt for Muslims. The........

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