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Friday, June 28, 2013

Anti-U.S. Anger Rises in Egypt - Secularist-Leaning Opposition Groups Say White House Is Supporting the Islamist Leadership They Hope to End

From The Wall Street Journal:

As Egyptians prepare for massive protests against President Mohammed Morsi on Sunday, a large piece of opposition activists' anger is being directed at the U.S. and its perceived support for Egypt's ruling Islamists.

A flurry of newspaper articles, talk shows and public statements over the past few weeks have singled out the U.S. for particular scorn while accusing America's diplomatic mission in Cairo of acting as a sort of puppet master behind Mr. Morsi's administration.
 
Anger against the U.S. is nothing new in the Middle East, and neither are conspiracy theories in which Washington plays a strong, silent hand.
But rarely have such theories placed U.S. influence so squarely behind Islamists such as Mr. Morsi, a former leader in the powerful Muslim Brotherhood that the White House helped to subdue for decades by backing successive anti-Islamist autocrats.
 
Suspicions of U.S. involvement in Egyptian politics have never been far below the surface of the Egyptian public consciousness. Moheb Doss, a founding member of the Tamarod, or "Rebel" petition campaign demanding that Mr. Morsi resign, said the Central Intelligence Agency backed Mr. Morsi because his capitalist leanings mirror those of Mr. Mubarak's.
But comments by Anne Patterson, the U.S. ambassador to Egypt, earlier in June at an Egyptian pro-democracy organization have sparked a renewed eruption of anti-American sentiment in the secular media.
In an effort to "set the record straight" about the U.S. relationship with the Brotherhood, Ms. Patterson said the White House supported Mr. Morsi because he was fairly elected and poured cold water on protesters' plans to oust him on June 30.
"Some say that street action will produce better results than elections. To be honest, my government and I are deeply skeptical," Ms. Patterson told the audience of mostly activists. "More violence on the streets will do little more than add new names to the lists of martyrs. Instead, I recommend Egyptians get organized."
The backlash from activist corners was fast and fierce.

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