When Egyptians steer their nation and government toward a more moderate place for sustainable living, they will have accomplished something for themselves and others in the Middle East. That may be a core idea behind foreign policy, but Americans don’t know that for certain because it hasn’t be stated so succinctly.
In response to a story published last week, a reader who has a gentler voice commented as she is an active contributor to stories, including those at The Guardian.
Many Egyptians are disenchanted by the Muslim Brotherhood, and that is why they sought the ousting of President Morsi after a year in office. Morsi made one power grab after another, trampling the Constitution, and therefore garnered the wrath of constituents. The military assessed that the people were correct and supported the majority of people in removing Morsi from power.
Now, that act may be characterized as a military coup, but it was different because the people are aligned with that action. Not all, of course, because the Muslim Brotherhood is not.
Somewhere along the line, the Muslim Brotherhood sanctioned political party status. That was a result from the euphoria about establishing a free and open democracy with tolerance for all. The trouble is, some political and religious organizations are so extreme that for them only their being in total control is acceptable. Being intolerant and non inclusive is unacceptable.
The media spin on reporting often takes a turn toward the most dramatic elements such as “Muslim against Muslim.” It is fascinating to those who are not Muslims to watch the struggle that can be compared to Jews or Christians, for instance.
The big trouble with religion in politics is that there is so much intolerance. Some religions are inherently more intolerant than others. Some are more adaptive to the times than others. Rigidity in beliefs and practices is unnatural in the advance of humanity, intellect and society. Progress, in that regard, is a function of education and personal development. Those who are trapped with their beliefs in poverty will tend to be more intolerant, defensive, and volatile. You would have to ask experts to confirm that idea.
Reader, Nagia Sammakia, comments consistently about the extreme violence performed by the Muslim Brotherhood. There is extreme violence by others too who assert their views as if their lives depend upon it.
In an environment and culture that is filled with guns, poverty, hate, and ambitious people of all sorts who want to exploit the situation for personal power and gain, this is bad chemistry.
Somehow, more gentle voices must come forward to dilute the bad actors in Egypt, because humanity’s future rests with the outcome.
"Former Obama Admin Officials Turn on U.S. Egypt Policy
Posted By John Hudson Friday, August 16, 2013 - 6:45 PM Share
As the slaughter of antigovernment protesters in Egypt continues, a string of first-term State Department officials are now distancing themselves from President Obama's policies and refuting his reluctance to cut off military aid to Egypt's generals.
With injuries in the thousands and the official death toll nearing 700, Egypt's military leadership is showing no signs of abating, despite repeated demands by the White House to end the violent crackdown. Thus far, President Obama has cancelled next month's joint U.S. military exercise with Egypt and postponed the delivery of F-16 fighter jets, but former officials say those moves don't go nearly far enough.
"The situation in Egypt keeps getting worse, and Egyptian government actions keep running contrary to what the U.S. is calling for publicly and privately," said Amy Hawthorne, who left the State Department in December as Foggy Bottom's Egypt country coordinator. Hawthorne said the administration has waited too long to suspend military aid to the government. "Continuing this kind of business-as-usual approach implicates the U.S., in a way, in whatever is going on in Egypt, and could put us in a position pretty soon where we might be contorting ourselves to accept whatever repressive new political reality the Egyptian leadership is trying to create," she said.
A reader weighs in.
“Nagia Sammakia commented on Egypt: Six killed in Cairo violence.
23 Jul 2013 2:33pm
Shame on the USA to support these terrorists Muslim Brotherhood. We never had shooting by armed civilians in Cairo like we have since Mohamed Morsi was deposed. 22 million Egyptians signed a petition to end this fascist regime called the Muslim Brotherhood and the USA paid billions to keep this filthy regime floating for a year.
Nagia Sammakia commented on In Egypt, Barack Obama's approach is like that of a spread better.
11 Jul 2013 9:00pm
Anne Patterson was giving the wrong information to the OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. She kept passing on the information that the Muslim Brotherhood were organized and are trustworthy. She wasn't mentioning the heavy handed torture of demonstrators and arrests. She also didn't mention that the trillion? dollars the MB was given by OBAMA were used for their own personal gain i.e. 23 million dollar building for the MB and luxurious items for their families i.e. cars etc...People are starving in Egypt, while these MB's were swimming in money and arresting and raping protesters in jail.
Nagia Sammakia commented on Egypt's Islamist rulers get tough on alcohol.
25 Mar 2013 2:08pm
The Muslim Brotherhood have nothing to do with religion at all. They just want money money money! Mr Sawiris, a respected businessman was chased away from Egypt, because they wanted him to overpay his taxes. These guys are crooks and will stop at nothing to kill their opposition and bilk money from anything!”