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Re-thinking US policy toward Egypt

The US can only protect its own interests by coming out strongly against anti-democratic actions.

Morsi supporters outside Constitutional Court
Photo by: Amr Dalsh / Reuters
The violence erupting in Cairo was the inevitable result of Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi’s illegal declaration to exercise autonomy over all governmental powers, including executive, legislative and judicial. After two weeks of protests that resulted in serious injuries and casualties, Morsi cancelled his decree, (without canceling the December 15 referendum.) But the damage had already been done. The protests haven’t stopped and the violence hasn’t subsided. His dictatorial act, which is eerily reminiscent of the Nazi power grab in 1930s Germany, has created a new reality that needs to be addressed by US policy makers.

Many Egyptians now believe that the US is supporting the Muslim Brotherhood’s (MB) attempt to enforce an Islamist agenda on the country.
And many of them are asking why the US supported the ousting of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak when it actually went against US interests in the region?



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