Last July when Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Egypt she was met with widespread protest from Coptic Christians and secular activists objecting to what they all believed was the Obama administration’s role in helping the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) ascend to power in Egypt.
The secretary had requested to meet with ten Christian leaders, myself included. All of those invited refused to meet with her and boycotted her visit. Most of us had been both publicly and privately warning members of Congress and the administration of the danger the Muslims Brotherhood poses and about their desire to turn Egypt into a theocratic Islamic fascist country. Yet we were ignored.
Going back to April 2007, Democrats made special efforts to link up with the MB when visiting then-House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., met with Dr. Saad el-Katatni, the MB’s parliamentary leader, at former U.S. Ambassador Francis Ricciardone’s home, at a time when then-Secretary Condoleezza Rice has publicly refused to meet with the Brotherhood.
Mr. Ricciardone, who I can call a friend, once told me that his friendship with another MB leader, Essam El- Erain, extended for close to 30 years. Perhaps that was the catalyst for this meeting and subsequent meetings that took place at his residency.
Do you recall Condolezza Rice’s beautiful speech at the Republican convention? We chose to go with Obama, and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, instead.
…After being in office for less than six months, President Morsi issued an edict exempting his decrees from judicial review, and he is now forcing Egyptians to vote on a constitution that would impose Sharia law, violate human rights and religious freedom of Christians, degrade women, regulate child labor, and kill the tourism industry for violating Islamic Sharia.
Many youths and a large portion of the Egyptian population responded to the president’s new powers and draft of the constitution by taking to the streets and surrounding the Presidential palace in protest.
Morsi then sent his own armed militia to attack the protesters with numerous weapons including shotguns, swords, and firebombs.
The Brotherhood militia killed ten people, wounded hundreds, and kidnapped top youth activists, then tortured them inside the presidential palace for two days before turning them over to the police.
As the Supreme Constitutional Court was poised to dissolve the constitutional assembly, Morsi again sent his Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi militias to besiege the courthouse and prevent the judges from entering the building.
Upon arrival, the judges were turned away by the militia after their lives had been threatened, and to this day the militias are still surrounding the courthouse preventing the judges from meeting.
The president wanted to prevent the court from dissolving the assembly until after he pushed the referendum through and the constitution became effective.
Morsi again sent his armed militia to burn down the opposition, Al-Wafd Party, headquarters in response to the opposition and media stepping up their protests and criticism of the constitution, which large numbers of Egyptians reject and view as a setback for freedom.
They demolished cars and fired shots at the Al-Wafd Party, which is the oldest secular party in Egypt.
Another set of Morsi’s militia besieged Media City where most of the independent TV channels are located.
If you go to the link, and read all of what Mr. Michael Meunier, the founder of the U.S. Copts Association has to say, it’s heartbreaking. The Egyptians thought that by deposing Mubarak, they would create a democracy. Instead they have a religious dictatorship. And it is so sad that our media is not covering the support that Obama and his administration gave to the Muslim Brotherhood. I was at a holiday party a few days ago when a young journalist, who was working at the world’s most accurate, fabulous newspaper, actually denied that this had occurred. True, he wasn’t covering Egypt, but he was working and reading what was written daily. And he couldn’t remember. I have learned to let this stuff go. If young people, educated in the Ivies, cannot remember this stuff, can your average American? No. They cannot. And more importantly, they don’t care. What a shame.
Anyway, go to the link and read what our government did to the people of Egypt.