Egypt's Military Executes Bloody Counterrevolution, as U.S. Stands Silent

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Posted Aug. 21, 2013

Interview with Chris Toensing, editor, Middle East Report, conducted by Scott Harris

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Egypt is rapidly unraveling in the aftermath of the military’s overthrow of the country's first democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi, on July 3. After the Egyptian Army’s recent assault on Muslim Brotherhood protesters in Cairo and other cities that left as many as 1,000 dead and 4,000 injured, the Obama administration is said to be evaluating whether or not to continue the annual $1.5 billion in U.S. aid to the post-coup government there. As European Union foreign ministers also consider suspending aid to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, joined by the monarchies of Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, announced a $12 billion aid package for the generals now in charge, while pledging to make up any future reductions in aid from the U.S. and Europe.

Tensions further escalated in Egypt after the military government arrested Mohammed Badie, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood on Aug. 19. On the same day, an Egyptian court signaled that it may soon release from prison Hosni Mubarak, the disgraced former dictator overthrown in a popular uprising in 2011.

In more signs of growing instability across Egypt, 25 policemen were killed execution-style in an ambush of two mini-buses in the northern Sinai Peninsula on Aug. 19. This came one day after the deaths of 36 Muslim Brotherhood supporters who were reportedly killed while being transported in a prison truck after security forces fired tear gas into the vehicle to free a captured police officer inside. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Chris Toensing, editor of Middle East Report, who assesses the volatile situation in Egypt while taking a critical look at how the Obama administration has responded to the crisis.

Find more perspectives on the violence engulfing Egypt and the U.S. response, by visiting MERIP.org.

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