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One year ago, President Barack Obama praised Egypt and the “Arab Spring” as the “moral force of non-violence” when he spoke to the United Nations regarding uprisings in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia.
One year later, all three countries had protests involving damage at U.S. Embassies in those countries. The attack in Libya resulted in the loss of three American lives.
Then comes this past week when Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, officially declared Martial Law through December 15 as Egypt drafts its new constitution.
On Tuesday morning, masked gunman attacked and injured nine Egyptian protesters in Cairo who were opposed to President Morsi’s “dictator-like” referendum. This could escalate in the days to come.
The move, which is considered to be temporary, mirrors one taken by Morsi’s predecessor Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak put into place a similar “temporary” measure when he took office but the “state of emergency” he declared lasted more than three decades.
So obviously the protestors have some legitimate concerns when a president says they are taking “temporary” measures.
In spite of this unrest in Egypt, the U.S. government will send the first four of an ordered 20 F-16 fighter jets to the country as part of a $1 billion foreign aid package beginning on January 22, 2013. This deal is a part of a 2010 plan to give the country foreign aid.
It is possible that if things continue to get out of hand in Egypt, that the U.S. could be responsible to providing what some might describe as extremists with high tech fighter jets for a country that might attempt to destroy nearby Israel, another country we also provide with military weapons.
To narrow in on the blame, our taxpaying dollars might be used for the destruction of Israel. This is a scary thought for those in the Christian community.
Unfortunately, government officials don’t seem to care. In an article written by Maxim Lott, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Wesley Miller was attributed with the following quote:
“The U.S.-Egypt defense relationship has served as the cornerstone of our broader strategic partnership for over thirty years,” Lt. Col. Miller said.
“The delivery of the first set of F-16s in January 2013 reflects the U.S. commitment to supporting the Egyptian military’s modernization efforts. Egyptian acquisition of F-16s will increase our militaries’ interoperability, and enhance Egypt’s capacity to contribute to regional mission sets.”
I think its time we reassess some of our nation’s “commitments” and use common sense for a change.Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.