Friday, June 21, 2013

US Ambassador To Egypt Pisses Off Opposition Groups By Criticizing Their Protests

The U.S. has had a history of backing the wrong people in foreign lands, and Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is no exception. Sure, the Egyptian people voted overwhelmingly for the Islamists, but that doesn't mean we need to get cozy with them, or meddle in their affairs. Egyptian opposition  groups are holding President Mohammed Morsi's hand to the fire by continuing to protest, and we have no right to tell them they can't. But that's what we've apparently done, courtesy of Anne Patterson, U.S. ambassador to Egypt, who pissed off a lot of people when she criticized plans for demonstrations aimed at forcing Morsi to step down.

Anne Patterson responded to widespread talk among Egyptian liberals that Washington had thrown its weight behind Islamist President Mohamed Mursi by saying in a speech on Tuesday that the United States was working closely with the elected government and also listening to all Egypt’s political groups.

But by Thursday, after extensive local media coverage of her remarks and condemnation by opposition leaders of “interference” in Egypt’s internal affairs, social media was dominated by angry and hostile comments directed toward Patterson and her embassy.

Among the more polite, tycoon Naguib Sawiris tweeted: “Madam Ambassador, ... Please bless us with your silence.”
The Egyptians foolishly voted the Muslim Brotherhood in, and now they want Morsi out, but Patterson feels the protests are only risking more violence and that they should just deal with who they have in power.

“This is the government that you and your fellow citizens elected,” she said. “Even if you voted for others, I don’t think the elected nature of this government is seriously in doubt.
“The United States took the position that we would work with whoever won elections that met international standards.”
 “Egypt needs stability to get its economic house in order, and more violence on the streets will do little more than add new names to the lists of martyrs. Instead, I recommend Egyptians get organized.
“Join or start a political party that reflects your values and aspirations. Egyptians need to know a better path forward. This will take time. You will have to roll up your sleeves and work hard.”
She doesn't realize that Egypt is not the U.S.,  and if Islamism is allowed to take root in that country it will be very difficult to return to secularism and democracy.  We need to let the people of Egypt do what they have to do to create a democratic, secular state. We need to stay out of it.


Sarah Galal said...

I do agree with every word, yes we Egyptians took her words as threat to us, baring in mind that we signed peacefully 15 millions forms to ask Morsi to step down, because he is not trust worthy and is a terrible loser when it comes to the economy. By numbers our economy is suffering with no vision to make it up.
Ann Patterson raised the hatred of the USA among the Egyptians by supporting terrorists who were foolishly elected by Egyptians.
Egyptians were not aware of that cycle between MB and the terrorists groups like Qaeda and other extremist troops!
Many demonstrations were managed during the past year from the opposition and we didn't share, because simply we gave him a chance to do his duties, but he had his own agendas and now it is too late for him.
He is already out of our lives, only 8 days and we will finish this black spot in our history with God's well.

Incognito said...

Hi Sarah,

Unfortunately, Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood did a good snow job (as we put it, when someone pretends to be something they aren't)on the Egyptian people. I hope people realize that Islamists can not be trusted.

Some of us feel the same way about Obama and his administration, though we have less to lose than you do.

Know that the majority of the American people are on YOUR side. We want freedom for you. We want you to win. And God willing you will prevail.