Last week, Egypt quickly became a country full of chaos after the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi by protesters and armed forces.
Since then, more than 60 Christian churches have been under attack. Muslims who don’t belong to or sympathize with the Muslim Brotherhood supporters are also finding themselves under psychological persecution.
When you dig into the story and read from blog reports of those in Egypt, you will quickly learn that there are two wave of protests.
The first was mostly from peaceful protesters who wanted President Morsi out of office for his inability to change some humanitarian issues, failing economic decisions, and lack of security.
As Egyptians prepared for a new and fair election process with interim leadership, the Muslim Brotherhood demanded his return and quickly changed their tactics to those of a violent nature.
They’ve attacked 60 Christian churches and currently 900 people have been killed.
Unfortunately, it took four days and nearly 1,000 people dying for the U.S. administration to temporarily cut off aid to the Middle East country.
Well, actually since the administration has not labeled the overtaking in Egypt as a “coup,” they claim no decisions have been made to cut or postpone aid to Egypt. By calling it a “coup,” the decision would force the U.S. to cut off aid. It is stopped only for examination purposes. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed it when she said the economic aid program is not “on hold” but did acknowledge to the New York Times that $585 million in military aid has not yet been obligated.
What we do know is that the U.S. had planned to give $1.3 million in military aid.
In March, Secretary of State John Kerry had $250 million in aid released after meeting President Morsi.
This means $715 million has already been given to Egypt in spite of the looming chaos already taking place there before this week.
So yes, in spite of 1,000 people dying last week with no clear leadership in place in Egypt and concerns about corrupt military officials, all of us taxpayers are still sending money overseas to this country.
And in their own words, the government doesn’t have any plans to cut off the funding.
I just don’t get it. Egypt has been a country full of chaos since President Hosni Mubarak was forced out of office in 2011.
Yet our government doesn’t have any problem with sending our money to Egypt. Yes, we’re sending our money to a country with no leadership while human rights issues like the killing of Christians continues to take place. Sure, makes sense to me. I sometimes wish the leaders we elect would use some more common sense in their decision making process.