It hasn’t been long since Egyptians were at the voting box deciding upon their constitution. The last time (December 26, 2012), they followed the lead of their Muslim Brotherhood President, Muhammad Morsi and the Islamist controlled Egyptian parliament (democratically elected). A Sharia-based constitution (based upon the Qur’an) was approved by Egyptians in that democratic referendum. But lots has changed since 2012. Former president Muhammad Morsi is now observing the ballot box from house arrest along with many of his followers and most of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood (now ruled “illegal” according to Egyptian courts). With the military firmly in control in Egypt after the coup d’état of Morsi (and the Brotherhood), General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the Supreme Commander of the military, is thought by many to be in the driver’s seat for the next presidential election. This time, according to reports, the military candidate will prevail. “Overs” for the constitution and “overs” for Egypt’s president. I wonder who is really “behind bars” in Egypt?
It should not surprise us (I suppose) that Congress has signaled it wants “overs” as well. According to United States law, funding cannot be made to any country when a coup d’état has taken place. Of course, we all know this occurred when democratically elected Morsi was ousted by Egypt’s military leaders; and so the United States raised a “smoking gun” by suspending military aid of $1.3bill. Reuters reports of recent congressional action (January 14, 2014) as follows:
By Patricia Zengerle, WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress’ new spending bill would restore more than $1.5 billion in military and economic aid to Egypt, which had been largely cut off after Egypt’s military ousted President Mohamed Mursi last summer. The bill includes up to $1.3 billion in military assistance,and $250 million in economic support for Cairo, but ties the funding to the Egyptian government taking steps toward restoring democracy. The funds also would only be available if the U.S. Secretary of State certifies to congressional appropriations committees that the Cairo government is sustaining its strategic relationship with the United States and meeting its obligations under the 1979 Egypt-Israel peace treaty.
I cannot understand America’s foreign policy. If we were going to restore the aid within a year of deciding to suspend it (based on our own laws), why did we suspend it in the first place? How can such action be viewed as anything other than weak, confused, and unprincipled by the Islamists who have declared war against the Great Satan, America? We publicly stand up for democracy around the world; but in the back rooms of Congress and the White House, it appears to be mere double-speak. We do not mean what we say — unless it works out for our best interest. We say we stand for democracy — until it puts the wrong candidate in office. Then what do we do? We turn our heads if it suits our interest. Don’t get me wrong — an Islamist president in Egypt is not in America’s best interest; but neither is lying. If we were going to support the General and desert Morsi, we should have done in the first place, not after a veiled pretense, ostensibly supported by a threat to withhold military aid that we never intended to follow through with. “Overs” — for America too!
Yes. I know the prophecy.
Daniel 11:42-43 (NASB) 42 “Then he will stretch out his hand against other countries, and the land of Egypt will not escape. “But he will gain control over the hidden treasures of gold and silver and over all the precious things of Egypt; and Libyans and Ethiopians will follow at his heels.
Jesus come quickly.