Egyptian military asks for trust at Ramadan as billions in aid pours in

posted at 8:41 am on July 11, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Three days ago, the Muslim Brotherhood had the upper hand in the national narrative after a shooting at the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo left 54 dead and more than 300 wounded.  Today in Alexandria, Mohamed Morsi supporters have a fresh public-relations debacle on their hands.  A group of their supporters killed two teenagers at a demonstration, murders that were caught on cell-phone camera and broadcast to the nation:

The murders appear especially brutal, considering the age of the victims and the lack of defense they appear to have made.  The chief suspect paraded around the crime scene with a black jihadi flag, but later shaved off his beard to hide from authorities, which isn’t exactly a sign of exceptional courage, either.  The footage outraged Egyptians, and a week that appeared to propel the Muslim Brotherhood’s momentum in the bitter fight over power seems to be ending by reminding people who Morsi’s supporters really are.

For its part, the Egyptian military promised to de-escalate the violence as the nation starts its celebration of Ramadan.  The army asked for trust, but that will take some time to earn, and the detention of more than 600 demonstrators probably doesn’t help;

Uncertainty ruled in Egypt Wednesday as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began and the military said it would address the issues of this week’s deadly violence.

It wasn’t clear whether the religious observance would calm or inflame tensions a week after a military coup.

The military, which ousted President Mohamed Morsy from office last week, said that 206 people who had been detained Monday during deadly clashes with security forces face charges of manslaughter, voluntary manslaughter, acts of violence and illegal possession of firearms. The suspects will remain in police custody for another 15 days while investigations into their actions continue. More than 600 people in all were detained Monday.

The announcement comes as the military seeks to portray itself as a stabilizing force in the splintering nation.

Military rule is at least bringing in badly-needed aid:

Even as the interim government struggled to unify political support at home, it picked up the financial support of some regional heavyweights — neither are fans of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Saudi Arabia’s finance minister said the kingdom has pledged $5 billion in grants and loans to the interim government, according to the official Saudi news agency SAPA.

And the United Arab Emirates will give $1 billion to Egypt and lend it another $2 billion as an interest-free central bank deposit, state news agency WAM reported Tuesday.

The $8 billion in fresh aid limits the influence of the US on the situation in Egypt.  While the military needs all of the cash it can get, an influx of that size makes it easier to get by if the Obama administration or Congress put a hold on aid to Cairo.  That’s probably not on the table anyway — an arms sale of four F-16 jets to Egypt is still on, for instance — but it would be even less likely now.  Washington doesn’t want to surrender any more influence on Egypt than it already has to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.


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an arms sale of four F-16 jets to Egypt is still on, for instance — but it would be even less likely now.
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If the Egyptian Air Force needs more US Fighter Jets to keep
the aspiiring Egyptian Liberal IslamicJihadyGoons at bay,then
fine!

However,the delivery of the Fighting Falcons right now,le sucks,
as in bad timing on the State Department that seems to be dis-en
gaged!!!
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General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Dynamics_F-16_Fighting_Falcon

canopfor on July 11, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Ooooooh,heres a REAL BARGAINING CHIP………………

Egypt has less than 2 months’ supply of imported wheat left in its stocks, ousted President Morsi’s minister of supplies says – @Reuters

1 hour ago from http://www.reuters.com by editor
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Exclusive: Egypt has less than two months imported wheat left – ex-minister
CAIRO | Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:11am EDT
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/11/us-egypt-protests-wheat-idUSBRE96A08X20130711

canopfor on July 11, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood vows to continue its ‘peaceful’ resistance in defiance of the military’s ouster of President Morsi – @AP

1 hour ago from english.alarabiya.net by editor
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Last Update: Thursday, 11 July 2013 KSA 14:12 – GMT 11:12

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/07/11/Egypt-s-Brotherhood-vows-to-keep-defying-coup-.html

canopfor on July 11, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Egypt has less than 2 months’ supply of imported wheat left in its stocks, ousted President Morsi’s minister of supplies says – @Reuters

canopfor on July 11, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Nothing helps calm civil unrest more than good old-fashioned bread riots! ;0

Seriously, this would be a good bargaining chip IF this administration ever decides precisely who they are supporting in Egypt. The deposed Islamists or the new government. The rat-eared coward is essentially sitting on the sidelines and is very ambiguous about the US position.

Happy Nomad on July 11, 2013 at 9:13 AM

neither are fans of the Muslim Brotherhood.

That’s right Ed, Americas rich Muslim friends back the Wahhabists and the Salafists.

BL@KBIRD on July 11, 2013 at 9:14 AM

“Who do I make the check out to?” has never been more appropo.

Defenestratus on July 11, 2013 at 9:16 AM

And we’ll still be sending money and F-16s to a country that doesn’t have a govt and we don’t know who’s really in charge.

Kissmygrits on July 11, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Why is it described as an ‘incident’ by the CNN desk jockey.

It’s murder caught on camera.

EnglishRogue on July 11, 2013 at 9:20 AM

54 dead and more than 300 wounded.

In Egypt’s Sinai Desert, thousands of Christians have been held for ransom, with thousands tortured to death.

The location of the torture camps is well known.

Since we give huge amounts of aid to Egypt, why don’t we tell them it’s conditional, that they must put an end to the brutal camps?

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/insideisrael/2013/July/Tortured-in-the-Sinai-I-Was-Hanged-for-Days/

itsnotaboutme on July 11, 2013 at 9:23 AM

if the Obama administration or Congress put a hold on end aid welfare payments to Cairo as the law requires.

kunegetikos on July 11, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Quite honestly, I’m not bothered by a brutal crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. If Egypt wants to be a hell-hole, that doesn’t bother me as long as they don’t want to export it. The MB does want to export it.

rbj on July 11, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Quite honestly, I’m not bothered by a brutal crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. If Egypt wants to be a hell-hole, that doesn’t bother me as long as they don’t want to export it. The MB does want to export it.

rbj

Problem is, so do the Wahabbists & Salafists … there is no strain of Islam which isn’t expansionist.

BD57 on July 11, 2013 at 9:46 AM

canopfor on July 11, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Nothing helps calm civil unrest more than good old-fashioned bread riots! ;0

Happy Nomad on July 11, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Happy Nomad:Lol,and PitchForks,and throwing shoes,

the only problem,is that Egypt is awash in Loot!-:O

canopfor on July 11, 2013 at 9:47 AM

************ Smart Power *************

Pentagon says it is reviewing military, security assistance to Egypt, says it remains committed to US-Egypt defense relationship – @NBCNews

27 mins ago by editor
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https://twitter.com/NBCNews

canopfor on July 11, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Why don’t we send them some raisins that we pay the FDA to destroy. It’s food, something they actually need.

WitchDoctor on July 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM

canopfor on July 11, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Wasn’t Egypt once a net exporter of wheat? The wonders of socialism truly are amazing.

Kafir on July 11, 2013 at 10:27 AM

After the immediate crisis of food supply, they need to institute private property and capitalism there. Hey, it improved the lives of the Chinese, why not the Egyptians?

PattyJ on July 11, 2013 at 10:48 AM

canopfor on July 11, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Wasn’t Egypt once a net exporter of wheat? The wonders of socialism truly are amazing.

Kafir on July 11, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Kafir:The Pharaoh days me thinks!:)

canopfor on July 11, 2013 at 10:50 AM

“Several Christians have been killed in Egypt in the last week, in the wake of the military overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi July 2. On July 6 a Coptic Christian priest identified as Father Mina Aboud Sharween was gunned down in the Sinai town of El Arish, near the Gaza border. CBN News reported that Islamic gunmen in an SUV pulled up beside a vehicle driven by the 39-year-old Coptic priest, who was out shopping, and opened fire. Witnesses said that after killing the priest the gunmen dragged him from his vehicle and fled in it.

While it is unclear who exactly was responsible for the assassination, the Muslim Brotherhood, which had backed Morsi’s presidency, had harshly criticized Pope Tawadros, spiritual head of Egypt’s eight million Coptic Christians, after he expressed his support for the military’s removal of Morsi and for the suspension of Egypt’s constitution. Morning Star News, which monitors Christian persecution around the world, reported that “in the weeks leading up to the demonstrations against Morsi by millions, Islamists had issued threats against Christians, whom they held responsible for the movement.”

While Sharween was the first Christian leader killed since Morsi’s ouster, several other Christians have been killed in upper Egypt since July 2. “A country contact for the Voice for the Martyrs (VOM) reports nine Christians died in violence in the Upper Egyptian village of Al Dabaa, near Luxor,” related CBN News July 8. “Christian homes and shops were looted and burned and at least one church building was destroyed.”

The VOM contact said that Christians had been assaulted in Dalga and Der Mawas villages in Menia city, and at least three churches had been attacked and burned. “The army and the police forces are working so hard to protect Egyptians everywhere in Egypt, especially in the Upper Egypt area,” the VOM contact said….

Morning Star News related the killings of four Coptic Christians July 5 in a village near Luxor. The trouble began when a Muslim mob attacked a Coptic Christian identified as 42-year-old Emil Naseem Saroufeem, “known to be a supporter of the Tamard or ‘Rebel’ movement that began gathering in cities across Egypt on June 30 to demonstrate against Morsi,” reported Morning Star.

The mob began beating Saroufeem, “who escaped briefly when two relatives, Mouhareb Noushy Habib, 38, and Romany Noushy, 33, hid him,” the Morning Star account continued. The mob “caught up with the three Christians in the apartment of Rasem Tawadrous Aqladios, 56. Saroufeem and Aqladios were bludgeoned to death. The other two, Habib and Noushy, died when they were beaten and repeatedly stabbed.”

The account was related by Safwat Samaan, a spokesman for the human rights group Nation Without Limits. Samaan said that after the killings, the mob turned its wrath on other Coptics in the village, beating them and looting and burning their homes. Samaan said that in all, some 20 homes were destroyed, and Christians in the area have been too fearful to return to the area.

“The situation is calm there now,” Samaan told Morning Star News, “but there are about 95 Christian families that are staying at the church of Mar Youhana because they are too scared to go back. Also, a lot of these people had their homes burned down, and if not that, a lot of them had their houses torn apart and looted. The church is trying to get them to return home, but a lot of them are refusing.”

Samaan predicted that Morsi’s overthrow and the continuing military rule will spark more attacks on Christians in the country. “People from the Muslim Brotherhood are taking it upon themselves to wage jihad to defend Morsi and their religion,” he said.

Ishak Ibrahim, an official with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, said that Coptic Christians in the country “know very well there is a price that has to be paid, and what the Muslim Brotherhood people are saying is stirring people up against the Copts, even though the Copts were just participating in democracy just like everyone else.”

http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/africa/item/15951-muslim-mobs-kill-egyptian-christians-in-wake-of-morsi-ouster

media links at the site.

workingclass artist on July 11, 2013 at 10:52 AM

canopfor on July 11, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Wasn’t Egypt once a net exporter of wheat? The wonders of socialism truly are amazing.

Kafir on July 11, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Egypt was known as the Bread Basket of the Roman Empire…back in the day.

workingclass artist on July 11, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Case study in new media vs old: this clip was on Live Leak and several other non-MSM outlets a week ago and is just now getting to CNN.

In other week or two it will be on local TV news and a week after that it will appear in daily newspapers around the country.

Sacramento on July 11, 2013 at 1:58 PM