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Gen. Vallely: U.S. is going to need Egypt
Posted By Bob Unruh On 10/05/2013 @ 7:16 pm In Front Page,Politics,U.S.,World | No Comments
But a report from a special team of representatives from the Westminster Institute says that’s 180 degrees wrong from what the United States should be doing with the key Middle East nation.
The report was assembled by the institute, which was set up to promote individual dignity and freedom for people throughout the world, after several leaders made a trip to Egypt.
The organization suggested that the interim government in Egypt now has earned the support of the majority of Egyptians, and “is therefore legitimate.”
Since America’s security is closely linked to the stability of Egypt, America should find ways to help the nation find stability, defeat jihadis and build a free Egyptian society.
“U.S.-Egyptian relations must not be held hostage to a false narrative that speaks of military coup and sees the Muslim Brotherhood as just another political organization. The MB is, and always has been, committed to establishing exclusively Muslim regimes which deny the rights of minorities, especially Jews and Christians, and is defined at its core by its hatred of America and the West,” the report said.
The delegation, which traveled Sept. 27-30 to Cairo to meet with key government, civic and religious leaders, included Patrick Sookhdeo, head of the Westminster Institute board; retired Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, U.S. Army; the institute’s Tera Dahl; Sebastian Gorka of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies; retired Col.Ken Allard, former dean of the National War College: retired Lt. Col. Rick Francona, a military analyst; and several others.
Their report following their visit found that Egypt is in danger at this point because the violence in Syria and the budget crisis in the U.S. have combined to push Egypt’s issues to the sidelines.
But Egypt is a key strategic partner and American should pay some attention, the report said.
The lack of attention recently is being exploited “by extremists who wish to regain control.”
“Still fragile from its recent overthrow of the Mubarak regime, Egypt is struggling with a severe downturn in its economy, a rise in violence, and an influx of foreign terrorists and weapons into the Sinai as a result of the fighting in Syria,” the delegation reported.
The team’s members concluded “America must not turn its back on Cairo since the loss of Egypt would be a major victory for al-Qaida and its allies.”
The team met with the president of the new Constitutional Committee of 50, His Excellency Amr Moussa; with His Holiness, Pope Tawadros II, head of the Coptic Christian Church; Gen. Abdel Fattah el Sisi, commander of the Egyptian Armed Forces and Minister of Defense; local businessmen, and leaders from Tamarod, the movement whose collection of 22 million signatures led to the recent removal of the Muslim Brotherhood
The report on Obama’s intentions came in the World Tribune, which quoted retired Gen. Hugh Shelton, former Joint Chiefs chairman, who “asserted that the administration of President Barack Obama worked to destabilize the regimes of Bahrain and Egypt.”
The report continued, “The former Joint Chiefs chairman, who served under President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush, said Egypt stopped a drive by Obama to destabilize Egypt in 2013. Shelton said Egyptian Defense Minister Abdul Fatah Sisi, a former intelligence chief, also detected a U.S. plot to support the ruling Muslim Brotherhood amid unprecedented unrest. On July 3, Sisi led a coup that overthrew Egypt’s first Islamist president, Mohammad Morsi.”
The Westminster delegation’s report said it really wasn’t a coup, because the Muslim Brotherhood government had “thoroughly betrayed the people’s expectations for democratic rule…”
“While it is true that the Muslim Brotherhood had been freely elected after Mubarak left office, in the 12 months that Morsi was president it became clear that his administration did not
represent the people of Egypt but instead the religiously fundamentalist and undemocratic objectives of the Brotherhood,” the report said.
“When Morsi issued a presidential decree that gave him unlimited powers – which could not be reviewed by any judiciary – Tamarod, a new civil movement, called the people to the streets, and Egyptians responded in the millions,” the report said.
“Eventually 33 million citizens took to the street, more than one third of the population, with a clear message: Morsi and his administration no longer represented the people of Egypt. Morsi
was removed and his government replaced not by a military junta but by a civilian interim government of technocrats, which is today in power and which has invited representatives from
across society – including the Brotherhood – to participate in drafting a new constitution. The MB has boycotted this body,” the report said.
Members of the Westminster delegation said they were told that the new constitution would include an impeachment mechanism, since it was the absence of such a recall option that necessitated Morsi’s removal with the support of the armed forces.
The report said if Egypt does not get help in a stabilization plan, the U.S. could lose Egypt as an ally and partner entirely.
“Egypt needs America’s help to stabilize the country, defeat the jihadis and build a free Egypt,” the report said.
In a commentary from Jerry Newcombe, it was reported that the persecution of Christians in the last century was the worst it’s ever been.
He reported there were more Christians martyred in the 20th century than had been murdered in all previous centuries combined.
“Anti-Christian persecution is especially found in the Middle East and those places where the philosophy of Islamism – a supremacist form of Islam – prevails,” Newcombe wrote. “It’s a cliché by now, but it’s true: The Arab Spring has turned into the Christian Winter.”
He explained, “More than 100 or so Christian cathedrals, churches and schools have been destroyed in Egypt just in the last couple of months. One Cairo-based church canceled Sunday morning services in August for the first time in 1,300 years.”
In the following interview with WND’s Greg Corombos, Vallely explained why the U.S. was wrong to back the Muslim Brotherhood in the first place and warned that removing military aid is hurting our ally at a critical time:
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