Readers weigh in on Egypt

August 15, 2013
A tent at a pro-Morsi sit-in burns. (/AHMED ASSADI/European Pressphoto Agency)
A tent at a pro-Morsi camp burns. (/AHMED ASSADI/European Pressphoto Agency)

The situation in Egypt has dominated our message boards in recent hours as the situation there looks like the beginning of a civil war. Our readers worry about what level of involvement, if any, the United States should have and what role U.S. policies have played in the past and should play now.

We’ll start with dangreen3, who wrote, “Egypt has a very fundamental problem. Large population, no jobs, and a lousy economy, even when there is no violence going on. Tourists riding around on Camels staring at Pyramids doesn’t get it. These Egyptian young people are in the smart phone generation. They want work and apps, then they’ll quiet down. The Egyptian military will murder any Al queada folks who show up.”

bluedogdem1 said, “I don’t think our country is involved, at least not directly. We do supply aid to Egypt and that was decided way back, so not an Obama thing. We can cut it off, but we don’t need to be hasty. John Kerry will make a recommendation based on the US best interest. It is never a good thing to watch a country dissolve into violence like this, but it is their country and we really don’t have a say in it. If they want to kill each other, there is little we can do about it, we can’t fight every battle that goes on in the world.”

rick386 wrote, “Someone once said that democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what’s for dinner. Even if the Muslim Brotherhood wins the election, that doesn’t mean they get to take away the rights of the minority. This is a fight for CONTROL. I’d pick a secular govt.’s control over a caliphate’s any day.”

Universalremote said, “Thank God we’re Americans. We may shake our fists at each other over politics, but we don’t have hundreds dead in the street.”

To which new_york_loner replied, “Be patient…it’s coming.”

Tired_of_Politicians wrote, “The country is on the road to civil war. This is about Islam, not democracy. The radical religious leaders along with Morsi are using the media to their advantage. They want war and spread it across the region. Before jumping to negative conclusions about the military crackdown ask yourself if Morsi and his thugs would be allowed here in this country.”

Casey Jones said, “Can someone please pull Obama’s head out of the sand and tell him this is a military coup, plain and simple? Seems the longer he’s in office the dumber he wants the American public to be.”

Citi____Streets wrote, “The case for cutting off aid to the Egyptian government goes a lot deeper than merely economics since it provides the US with some degree of leverage over the military and provides a buffer zone for Israel and involvement in Middle East diplomacy.”

Bachmaij wrote, “There is no clear solution here. Morsi behaved like a petty dictator. Al-Sisi seized power in a coup.  Only if both sides cease violence and start reconciliation will this end well (I know how naive that sounds)”

We’ll close with KBlit, who observed, “Sorry but what the world cares about is the impact on the Suez Canal. If that closes then YOUR gas prices will skyrocket and winter is coming soon. So unless the Egyptians threaten their last remaining source of money all that will happen is the usual we are offended, sadden etc ,etc. maybe O can cut the $9,000.00 house rental short and do his job and earn that Nobel.”

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