US President Barack Obama appears to have angered supporters of ousted Egyptian
president Mohamed Morsi, as well as supporters of the army coup that toppled him
on July 3.
Leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is at the vanguard of
the street protests against Morsi’s ouster, claim the US supported the coup.
Those opposed to the Brotherhood claim Washington has been and still is
supporting the Islamists.
An example of the vitriol in the country can be
seen in a new video clip featuring a song by Egyptian performer Sama Elmasry.
Titled “You Obama, Your Father, Mother,” it attacks the US president for
allegedly preferring Islamic radicals over the army. It has gone viral, with
over 160,000 views since last week.
The clip features Obama in
traditional Islamic dress. Elmasry curses him while mentioning that he had
called for former president Hosni Mubarak to leave immediately, seeming to imply
that this proved he was pro-Brotherhood.
The song also mentions Obama’s
support for Islamistled Turkey as well as Israel. It is highly nationalistic in
tone and ends with a photo of Gen.
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who led the
In an interview with The Washington Post published on
Saturday, Sisi said Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party had been seeking to
restore the Islamic empire. He added that the ousted leader had not acted like a
president for all Egyptians, but only for his supporters.
Sisi said he
had noticed this from the first day Morsi took office, by the way he offended
the judiciary at his inauguration.
The general went on to explain that
Morsi “picked fights with almost all the state institutions.” He also claimed
that the army had been “keen and predetermined on his success,” but his failure
in leading the country had led the army to intervene.
The United States,
he said, did not give adequate weight to the millions who turned out to call for
“We really wonder: Where is the role of the United
States and the European Union and all of the other international forces that are
interested in the security, safety and well-being of Egypt?” Sisi asked. “Are
the values of freedom and democracy exclusively exercised in your countries but
other countries do not have the right to exercise the same values and enjoy the
same environment? Have you seen the scores of millions of Egyptians calling for
change in Tahrir [Square]? What is your response to that?” Asked if he had plans
on running for president, the general responded: “You just can’t believe that
there are people who don’t aspire for authority.”
Sisi also said there
would have been a “civil war” if the army had not intervened.
want you to know and I want the American reader also to know is that this is a
free people who rebelled against an unjust political rule, and this free people
needs your support,” he said.
Sisi went on to note that the US
administration “has a lot of leverage and influence with the Muslim
Brotherhood,” and that he would like Washington to use this leverage to end the
current standoff with Morsi supporters.
He also said that Defense
Secretary Chuck Hagel had been calling him almost daily, but that Obama had not
called since July 3.