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WASHINGTON – As demonstrations increase in intensity in Egypt between the military backers and Muslim Brotherhood supporters, concern mounts that the conflict could lead to major confrontations and civil war, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Members of the Muslim Brotherhood have ratcheted up demonstrations demanding the reinstatement of President Mohammad Morsi, who was elected last year but ousted by the military after one year in office.
These demonstrations have resulted in increased clashes with the military, raising concerns the confrontations could become more widespread.
Now, the military has added fuel to the fire by accusing Morsi of conspiring with the Palestinian militant group Hamas in killing some 14 guards, while getting help in his 2011 escape from prison.
As WND recently reported, the Brotherhood also has announced the creation of the Egyptian Free Army, a reflection of a similar army created by the opposition in Syria to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A civil war has been under way there for two years, and some 100,000 people have been killed.
The latest developments in Egypt present a conflict in U.S. policy. On the one hand, the U.S. has not supported the Muslim Brotherhood but has been forced to back the democratic process that elected Morsi.
U.S. ally Saudi Arabia, however, is delighted with the ouster of the Brotherhood, since it does not back monarchies but wants them replaced with Islamic caliphates.
The U.S. initially resisted, but then backed the ouster of Morsi’s predecessor, President Hosni Mubarak, whose regime was backed by the military. The loss of Mubarak greatly upset America’s principal ally in the region, Saudi Arabia.
Popular demonstrations resulted in the military taking over until elections could be held. In the months that followed, the U.S. quietly worked with the military and continued to loan it $1.3 billion.
At the time, the Saudis became distant from the U.S., upset with the Obama administration for not providing more backing to Mubarak, whose regime formed the basis for an arrangement, along with Jordan, to provide regional security for Israel.
Morsi, however, began to impose more autocratic rule and after one year major demonstrations arose in opposition to his actions. However, contrary to the position of many of his supporters, Morsi continued to not only back the 1979 peace accords with Israel but was leaning more Westerly in the hope of obtaining critically needed loans from the U.S. and the International Monetary Fund.
“The White House was with the Muslim Brotherhood. That was their preference over secular democracy,” said Rep. Michelle Bachman, R-Minn. “Morsi was pitching the Sinai jihadists to attack Israel and travel to Syria to fight jihad there. The Egyptian army takes the opposite view.
“We need to back the true Arab Spring, which is the revival of the original revolution,” she said.
With the military now back in control, there is pressure to have elections soon to quell further violence. However, the Brotherhood says there is no need for elections, since Morsi was democratically elected and he should be reinstated.
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