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At Least 42 Killed In Egypt, Anti-US Feelings Grow

First we have this from Reuters:

At least 42 killed in Egypt, Islamists call for uprising

By Tom Perry and Maggie Fick | July 8, 2013

CAIRO (Reuters) – At least 42 people were killed in Cairo on Monday, medical sources said, when Islamist protesters angered by the military overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi said they were fired on at the Cairo military barracks where he is being held.

More than 200 were wounded in a sharp escalation of Egypt’s political crisis, and Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood urged Egyptians to rise up against the army, which they accuse of a military coup to remove the elected leader.

The military said "a terrorist group" tried to storm the Republican Guard compound and one army officer had been killed and 40 wounded. Soldiers returned fire when they were attacked by armed assailants, a military source said.

Terrorists aren’t used to people shooting back.

At a hospital near the Rabaa Adawia mosque where Islamists have camped out since Mursi was toppled on Wednesday, rooms were crammed with people wounded in the violence. Many of the sheets and clothes were heavily stained with blood.

The Brotherhood’s official spokesman, Gehad El-Haddad, who is at a pro-Mursi sit-in at a mosque near the scene, said shooting broke out in the early morning while Islamists were praying and staging a peaceful sit-in outside the barracks…

Gee, whom to believe? And never mind that the Muslim Brotherhood has been calling for the people "to rise up against the army."

The military has said that the overthrow was not a coup, and it was enforcing the will of the people after hundreds of thousands took to the streets on June 30 to call for his resignation.

If this was a coup than so was Mubarak’s overthrow.

But pro- and anti-Mursi protests continued in Cairo, Alexandria and other cities, and resulted in clashes on Friday and Saturday that left than 35 dead.

It leaves the Arab world’s largest nation of 84 million people in a perilous state, with the risk of further enmity between people on either side of the political divide while an economic crisis deepens…

Which clearly means we have to send them even more money.

Meanwhile, we have this from the Los Angeles Times:

Anti-Americanism flares in Egypt as protests rage over Morsi’s ouster

Both pro-Morsi Islamists and the anti-Morsi Rebel group accuse the U.S. of supporting the other and allege elaborate conspiracies against Egypt.

By Edmund Sanders | July 6, 2013

CAIRO — As rival camps of Egyptians protest for and against the toppling of President Mohamed Morsi, there is a rare point of agreement: America is to blame.

Anti-Americanism, which has long been an undercurrent here, is erupting again as Egyptians battle over the future of their country. Each side accuses the United States of backing the other and alleges conspiracies in which the Obama administration is secretly fostering dissent in an attempt to weaken Egypt.

This has "long been an undercurrent," and yet this is the first we have heard about it from our news media. Who wanted to pretend that Obama has been loved since he came into office.

It’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t quagmire in which the U.S. appears to have alienated both sides, underscoring waning American influence and credibility as it attempts to navigate the turmoil…

And it couldn’t possibly be due to Obama having backed the Muslim Brotherhood and Mr. Morsi.

Islamists at a large pro-Morsi rally Friday afternoon questioned how the U.S. — which claims to stand for the rule of law and free elections — could so quickly abandon Egypt’s first democratically elected president and fail to condemn, or even acknowledge, Wednesday’s military coup…

The deposed president’s supporters complain that the U.S. never supported Morsi because of his roots in the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.

Even though Obama gave Morsi billions, plus tanks and planes.

Just a few miles away in Tahrir Square, anti-Morsi protesters insist the U.S. is on the ousted president’s side, just as Washington supported Mubarak…

Obama never supported Mubarak. He was a friend to the US.

Now many of the young Egyptians whom Obama tried to reach out to in his landmark 2009 speech here view the U.S. president as a hypocrite.

"America is using the Muslim Brotherhood to impose the kind of order they want to create a new Middle East, which would guarantee Israel’s security and U.S. interests," said Ahmed Salam, 20, a law student and member of the Rebel movement, which organized the massive protest Sunday that helped bring down Morsi.

The Muslim Brotherhood isn’t concerned with guaranteeing Israel’s security or US interests. Which is why Obama is such a fan.

"It’s not only about elections," said Mohammed Farahat, 27, an advertising account manager. "Hitler was elected too. It bothers me that the U.S. presents itself as a peacemaker, but then they supports a fascist regime like Morsi’s."

He’s right of course. But, again, it’s Obama, not the US.

Asked whether he was worried that the United States might cut off $1.3 billion in annual aid to Egypt, Farahat said his country could do fine without it, a statement that seemed to ignore Egypt’s deep economic troubles. A 2011 Gallup poll found that 70% of Egyptians were opposed to their country accepting further American assistance.

"I’m tired of being threatened with losing our aid," he said. "How many times can they play that card?"

Excellent. Now is as good a time as ever to stop giving money to Egypt.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, July 8th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “At Least 42 Killed In Egypt, Anti-US Feelings Grow”

  1. mr_bill

    Maybe it’s time for nerobama to make his speech to the “muslim world” from Cairo, again. Please, progressives tell us some more how “hated” Goerge Bush was again and how mis-guided his foreign policy was. As I recall, he never managed to anger everybody in an islamic country, just the people who don’t want women to vote, read, be seen in public, drive, write, etc.

  2. Progressives, I’m sorry … Regressives are the very people Michael Caine (as Alfred) spoke of in Batman … there are some men who just want to watch the world burn ..

  3. yadayada

    even though it seems to be blowing up in his face, the msm will continue to tell us how well obummer is handling the situation. how he is struggling against these insurmountable odds with both sides blaming him. when the dust settles, obummer will pick the winner and his minions will convince all the low infos that that was who he supported all along.

    masters at doublespeak.




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