OBAMA PULLS SUPPORT FOR EGYPT’S WAR ON TERROR

EgyptTripKidsBy Tera Dahl:

The recent decision of the Obama Administration to unilaterally withhold military aid and support without consulting Congress sends the message the United States is on the side of terrorists, instead of with those who are fighting terrorism. Instead of condemning the Egyptian people and their aspirations of a new democratic and free Egypt, the United States should be supporting and learning from Egypt’s war on terror.

I arrived in Cairo on July 3rd at the same moment that Morsi was removed from power in response to overwhelming popular protests – among the largest in human history – calling for him to stand down and call for new elections. In the face of Morsi’s intransigence and refusal to recognize he had lost Egypt’s support, the Egyptian military was faced with either removing him or civil war. At the same time Egypt continued to face a terrorist insurgency in the Sinai tolerated by Morsi that was killing military, police and civilians alike.

Contrary to the reporting in the western media, the Muslim Brotherhood supporters are not the “peaceful” protestors they claim to be. I have been on three trips to Egypt since the removal of Morsi; I have traveled to Minya and Delga to visit the churches, schools, orphanages, homes, shops and police stations that were attacked and destroyed by the Muslim Brotherhood. Even Amnesty International acknowledges that the Muslim Brotherhood engaged in repeated acts of torture and murder in their supposedly “peaceful” protests at Rabaa al-Adawiya. Any conclusion apart from recognizing that they are terrorists who have perpetrated and incited violent acts against innocent Egyptian citizens is a hard departure from reality.

The coverage in the Western media of the widespread terrorism has been spotty. Yes, they have reported on the 60 churches that were burned and destroyed, but not so much the 1,000 Coptic shops and homes that were attacked and the 40 police stations were burned and destroyed by supporters of the Morsi regime. But the loss of life of the Egyptian military, police and citizens committed by Morsi supporters receives considerably less attention. Where is the international community’s condemnation of the Muslim Brotherhood for the killing of 286 police, military and civilians in Rabaa Square on August 14th, or the 21 killed in Nahda Square, or the 15 civilians killed in Hulwan, or the 200 civilians that were killed across the country?

These acts were all committed by those who were supposedly “peacefully” protesting the ouster of Morsi. In his recent interview with Al-Masry Al-Youm, Defense Minister Gen. Abdel Fatah El-Sisi said that the Muslim Brotherhood was allowed 48 days to protest, and Egyptian authorities enforced a standing court order to clear Rabaa Square and other areas only after it was clear that weapons were being smuggled into these “peaceful” protests. These so-called “peaceful” protestors also used machetes, firearms, RPG’s, looted and then burned to the ground the churches, schools, orphanages, shops, and homes in response.

In Delga, Morsi supporters seized the entire village and held the Christians hostage while making them pay the jizya for over a month until the Egyptian military and police liberated the village, arrested the perpetrators and provided security for the people.

Since the removal of Morsi, members of the Muslim Brotherhood have dropped their peaceful mask and revealed their true face of violence by associating with terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and Hamas for operations in the Sinai. In response to these violent acts, the Egyptian Army has launched the largest military operation to eradicate terrorism in the Sinai and have stated that they will continue until the Sinai is “terrorist-free”.

Egyptian law enforcement units of the armed forces and police have raided and destroyed various terrorist locations in the Sinai. They have destroyed weapon storage locations for the terrorists that had large quantities of arms, ammunition, explosive belts, and high explosive material. They have destroyed vehicles owned by the terrorists that were equipped with heavy and medium weapons used by terrorists in attacking the security points of the army and police in the Sinai.

The Egyptian armed forces have closed around 300 tunnels that were used for smuggling goods and arms from Egypt across the border to the Gaza Strip. To prevent inciting more violence, 55,000 unlicensed radical clerics have been banned from preaching in mosques.

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Also see: ALLARD: Riding to the Muslim Brotherhood’s rescue (washingtontimes.com)

Muslim Brotherhood inherits U.S. war gear

imagesCAP32439By Rowan Scarborough

For Egypt’s Muslim  Brotherhood-dominated government, more battle tanks and jet fighters are on  their way from the United States.

Cairo’s military link to Washington has remained intact, meaning the U.S.  will continue to modernize the biggest military in Africa – even as President Mohammed Morsi has decreed near-absolute power  for himself and his supporters and opponents battle outside his palace.

Analysts say Egypt’s military buildup presents  risks for Washington – and Israel – with the  growing influence of the Brotherhood, whose overriding goal  is to establish Shariah, or Islamic, law worldwide.

A Pentagon statement to The Washington Times  on Thursday said: “We are always reviewing our foreign assistance  to make sure  foreign assistance advances U.S. objectives and is being used for the right  purposes.”

For now, Egypt is due 200 M1A1 Abrams battle  tanks, the same mechanized firepower manned by American soldiers, bringing Egypt’s inventory to a robust 1,200.

Also in the pipeline is a squadron of the Air Force F-16 Falcon, a  multipurpose warplane able to dogfight and drop ordnance.

The government awarded Lockheed  Martin Corp. a contract in March 2010 for 20 F-16s, the last to be delivered  next year. That would increase Egypt’s total fleet  to 240, according to a company press release at the time.

Egypt has far and away the largest army in  Africa,” said Egypt analyst Robert  Springborg, a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in  Monterey, Calif.

The billions of dollars in U.S. military aid – in annual $1.3 billion  stipends – have made the Egyptian air  force the fourth-largest F-16 operator among 25 countries. Egypt’s  4,000 tanks, including the 1,000 or so M1A1s, make it the world’s  seventh-largest tank army.

“This is a pretty substantial capacity that they have developed,” Mr.  Springborg said.

‘A top regional priority’

In Cairo, the Egyptian army sealed off  the president’s palace with M-60 tanks and barbed wire Thursday, a day after Morsi supporters and detractors clashed  outside the residence. At least six people were killed Wednesday.

What’s more, another member of Mr. Morsi’s  17-member advisory board resigned to protest his handling of the growing crisis  over his power grab and a controversial draft constitution approved by his  Islamist allies. So far, seven people have resigned from his advisory panel.

A referendum on the constitution is scheduled for Dec. 15, and the Muslim  Brotherhood is strongly advocating its ratification.

Meanwhile, Frank Gaffney, a senior  defense policymaker in the Reagan  administration, has been warning about the rise of the Brotherhood  as it relates to the U.S.

“My principal concern with the Obama  administration’s approach to Egypt is they seem  oblivious to the fact it is now in the hands of a regime that is deeply hostile  to the United States and certainly poses an immediate threat, I believe, to our  friends in Israel,” said Mr.  Gaffney, who runs the Center  for Security Policy. “Under those circumstances, it is alarming that they  are continuing to arm Egypt in a way that can only  exacerbate the threat.”

Mr. Morsi, a  Brotherhood leader before his election, relies on the global fraternity as a  power base.

“There are two things that are troubling,” Mr.  Gaffney said. “One is the sheer quantity of the weapons that these enemies  of the United States have inherited, let alone those they will be getting if we  continue to make arms sales with them. The second is the quality of these  weapons.”

A Pentagon spokesman told The Times that he  could provide no information about future arms shipments to the Morsi  administration. He provided a Pentagon  statement that said, in part:

Egypt is a pivotal country in the Middle East  and a longtime partner of the United States. Its well-being is important for the  region as a whole.  We have continued to rely on Egypt for more than 30 years to support and advance  U.S. interests in the region, including peace with Israel, confronting Iranian ambitions, and supporting  Iraq. Preserving peace in the Middle East is a top regional priority as we look  to support Egypt through its transition.”

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