Many of us are trying to get a handle on how the United States emerges in the catastrophic events taking place in Egypt. Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center provides some clarity in deciphering the complexities of the international crisis erupting in the Mideast. The Special Report is titled The Revolt in Egypt and U.S. Policy. Seeing Red AZ doesn’t claim to be an authority on the upheaval, but like many of you, we are becoming increasingly concerned by the events that are unfolding as anti-government protestors have taken to the streets in Cairo.
Associated Press reports that Hammam Saeed, the leader of Jordan’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood warned yesterday that unrest in predominantly Muslim Egypt will spread across the Mideast and Arabs will topple leaders allied with the United States. His comments were made at a protest outside the Egyptian Embassy in Amman, inspired by massive rallies in neighboring Egypt demanding the downfall of the 30-year reign of President Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak’s sons are reported to have fled to London.
According to the AP report, Saeed said Arabs have grown disgruntled with U.S. domination of their oil wealth, military occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan and its support for “totalitarian” leaders in the region. “The Americans and (President Barack) Obama must be losing sleep over the popular revolt in Egypt,” he said. “Now, Obama must understand that the people have woken up and are ready to unseat the tyrant leaders who remained in power because of U.S. backing.”
Meanwhile, thousands of passengers are stranded in Cairo’s airport as flights were canceled, leaving them unable to leave because of a government-imposed curfew. Reuters reports that crime is rampant as police disappeared from the streets when the army was sent in to take over security in Cairo. Witnesses have since seen mobs ransacking supermarkets, commercial centers, banks, private property and storming government buildings in Cairo and elsewhere, while Egyptians armed with sticks and razors have formed vigilante groups to defend their homes from rampaging looters. The simplistic Disney song titled It’s a Small World, After All, takes on new meaning, reminding us we can’t afford to be complacent.
The crackdown on protesters has drawn stern criticism from the Obama administration along with a threat to reduce a $1.5 billion foreign aid program if Washington’s most important Arab ally escalates the use of force.
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