Friday, 12 July 2013

US bankrolls Egypt and it's crackdown

Over the last couple of weeks I have found the whole terrible situation in Egypt occupying my interest in this daily developing situation. So as the crisis deepens and unrest spreads my mind and almost everyday thoughts are with the people and this very difficult time.  I even talk about it to almost anyone that may show some interest, so far with the ousting of Mohamed Morsi, there remains little international consensus on the fast-moving developments in the country.

While the good intentions of peace and cooperation are celebrated in the Muslim world at this time of the year, Egypt is struggling with those very concepts during this the holy month of Ramadan.

The public euphoria and the days of jubilation following the ousting of Morsi, and lets not forget the country’s first elected president, has taken a turn for the worse, best to say it has withered away amid mounting concerns about the future?   

It’s 2,200 miles away, that’s how far the grapes you buy in the shops have to travel; and yet speaking personally I feel that what is unfolding in this lovely country will impact on me sooner or latter, and the struggle of the Egyptian people is also my struggle, every time I see or read a report about the violence that has been unleashed I die a little, in the last two years hundreds have been killed, the most  terrible, dreadful and appalling violence is going on whilst the west and its leaders play with their jaws and vertebrates.

The Obama administration has announced it will go ahead with the shipment of four F-16 fighter planes to the Egyptian military, signaling its intention to ignore US laws requiring a cutoff of aid to countries that have suffered military coups. This announcement confirms to me the dangerous game Obama is playing, its like thumbs up to the military who they the US sling money at like it was confetti. Now we have the ruling junta cynically justifying its orders to arrest leading figures in the Muslim Brotherhood by claiming that they bear responsibility for the army’s July 8 massacre of at least 55 demonstrators who had marched on Cairo’s Republican Guard compound, where Mursi was believed to be held prisoner.  

In no way could I say that I support the Muslim Brotherhood, but I support the will of the people to rid themselves of tyrants, dictators and fanatics extreme religious or otherwise, what I ask myself and all the time now; what is this democracy that the west keeps going on about is it an illusion or a trick of a magician's cunning and skillful act?

Oil-rich Persian Gulf monarchies that fear the Muslim Brotherhood rewarded the takeover with financial support. Kuwait pledged $4 billion on Wednesday, adding to the $8 billion in grants, loans and fuel promised the day before by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. In the week since the military forced Mr. Morsi from power, angry Islamists have warned that shutting them out of the democratic process will turn more of them toward terrorism and violence. Islamist leaders have urged followers not to leave sit-ins until Mr. Morsi is released or they are killed as “martyrs.” A few have gone further, with one suggesting that recent attacks on military and police forces in Sinai were retaliation for Mr. Morsi’s outing.
President Barack Obama recently stated the United States was not taking sides as Egypt's crisis came to a head with the military overthrow of the democratically elected president.

Documents obtained by the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley show the US channeled funding through a State Department programme to promote democracy in the Middle East region. This programme vigorously supported activists and politicians who have fomented unrest in Egypt, after autocratic president Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising in February 2011.

Activists bankrolled by the programme include an exiled Egyptian police officer who plotted the violent overthrow of the Morsi government, an anti-Islamist politician who advocated closing mosques and dragging preachers out by force, as well as a coterie of opposition politicians who pushed for the outing of the country's first democratically elected leader, government documents show.

Information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, interviews, and public records reveal Washington's "democracy assistance" may have violated Egyptian law, which prohibits foreign political funding.
It may also have broken US government regulations that ban the use of taxpayers' money to fund foreign politicians, or finance subversive activities that target democratically elected governments.

1 comment:

The World Around Me said...

The unravelling of the middle east is truly scary. Thanks for sharing this article.

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