Sympathy for the Devil: Israel’s Efforts on Behalf of Cairo’s Generals

Israel is invoking the principle of lesser evils in its efforts to prevent a U.S. cut of military aid to Egypt. The move could backfire, however, if there is another massacre of Muslim Brotherhood protesters.

In June 1941, on the eve of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, Winston Churchill famously told his personal secretary John Colville “If Hitler invaded hell, I would at least make a favorable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.” The next day he expressed unequivocal support for his arch-enemy Stalin and dispatched military assistance to beleaguered Moscow.