November 23, 2014
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LETTERS
A return to Mubarak?

To the Editor:

Egypt, It’s all your fault.

Mainstream media never discusses the cause of the Egyptian bloodbath because it would prove embarrassing to the U.S. government, but you should know the havoc the U.S. government has caused.

For 30 years, the U.S. backed Hosni Mubarak, a brutal dictator, with $1.3 billion of military aid each year, and Mr. Mubarak, with that money, built a powerful army and used it to subjugate his people. He was finally overthrown in the culmination of the Arab Spring when millions came out against him in the streets.  Mubarak, supported by the U.S. until the very end, was finally gone, and an election was scheduled. Mr. Morsi, who represented the moderate (but not if you listen to U.S. mainstream media) Muslim Brotherhood party, was elected in a close victory. The U.S., not happy with Mr. Morsi’s victory, began immediately to fund opposition groups and foment resistance and violence. Because of the unrest, paid for by the U.S., Mr. Morsi was overthrown in a military coup when the army came in, arrested Mr. Morsi and placed in him in jail, where he is today, and began to appoint members of the military to head the new government. The U.S. government said nothing and refused to call the coup a coup, fearing if it was called a coup, they could no longer legally continue to fund the military government with the $1.3 billion annual gift.

The new military dictator, General al-Sissi, was trained in the U.S., and had, and still has, the support of the Obama administration.

Mr. Morsi represented the Muslim Brotherhood, and despite the fact they won a majority of votes, the U.S. government, in its narrow way of thinking, could not tolerate a democratic victory by a Muslim, so we funded the opposition. When the military took over, we gave them a wink and a nod, and have not backed away from the annual military gift of $1.3 billion to the military.

So democracy in Egypt was prevented for 30 years by the U.S., and when it finally came, the U.S. was appalled at the choice of the people in their first democratic election, and plotted and supported the end of Mr. Morsi. Now, we are seeing a return to the days of Mr. Mubarak, with the military in firm control, supported by American money. Morsi supporters feel since they were the majority party and won the election, they cannot allow victory to be stolen by the military. Tragically, a major civil war will follow. Americans must be asked, “Is this what you want for Egypt?” If not, and you have done nothing, we are all guilty for letting our government kill democracy in Egypt. Our hands are stained with innocent Egyptian blood, which explains the burning American flags in Egypt’s streets.

Joseph Clifford

Jamestown


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Mr. Clifford, I am told you are a RIC education graduate and a retired history teacher...The former I believe, the later I find stupefying. You are entitled to express your opinion but not entitled to make up your own facts. There is so much here that is incorrect I don't have the time or patience to try and correct them except to suggest you further educate yourself about the Muslim Brotherhood, Ayman al-Zawahiri and the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. Suggesting that Morsi is some type of moderate member of the Muslim Brotherhood is laughable, especially after he attempted to destroy the Egyptian constitution in less than two years. Perhaps you might talk with someone from the German embassy regarding the 69 tourists gunned down while sightseeing or perhaps talk with a Coptic Christian who has been beaten by an angry mob of "the BROTHERHOOD" or had their Church burned down. There are many former members of the military whose MOS was the Middle East and Egypt, officers who spent much time in country, or former analysts from the CIA or country experts from the State department who could give you the straight skinny on Egypt over the last 30+ years. Much of what you present here is balderdash.

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