….Meanwhile More Planes for Egypt

by Datechguy | December 11th, 2012

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....Meanwhile More Planes for Egypt

While the west con­tin­ues to decide just how much aid to give to the Syr­ian Islamists in their fight against Assad another group of Arabs in the mid­dle east is not hav­ing as easy a time:

Thou­sands of oppo­nents and sup­port­ers of Egypt’s Islamist pres­i­dent were flock­ing to key loca­tions in the nation’s cap­i­tal ahead of rival mass ral­lies Tues­day, four days before a nation­wide ref­er­en­dum on a con­tentious draft constitution.

The pro­test­ers were begin­ning to gather just hours after masked assailants set upon oppo­si­tion pro­test­ers stag­ing a sit-​in at Tahrir Square, fir­ing bird­shot and swing­ing knives and sticks, accord­ing to secu­rity offi­cials. At least 11 pro­test­ers were wounded in the pre-​dawn attack, accord­ing to a Health Min­istry spokesman quoted by the offi­cial MENA news agency.

This is in response to Morsi tak­ing dic­ta­to­r­ial pow­ers on Thanks­giv­ing day as we’ve been talk­ing about for a bit.

Well in Syria the west is prepar­ing to pro­vide Naval & Air­Power to the rebels, so I’m sure we’ll see some­thing com­pa­ra­ble in Egypt for those fight­ing for their future against the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood right

Insta­bil­ity in Egypt, where a newly-​elected Islamic gov­ern­ment teeters over an angry pop­u­la­tion, isn’t enough to stop the U.S. from send­ing more than 20 F-​16 fighter jets, as part of a $1 bil­lion for­eign aid package.

And mind you this isn’t Turkey & Eng­land in 1914 when Turkey paid for war­ships than Eng­land con­fis­cated for their own navy after pay­ment, this these are Jets pur­chased by US Tax­pay­ers being deliv­ered to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood gov­ern­ment while they face a people’s protest against a power grab.

It’s a gov­ern­ment that even the NYT is writ­ing about in this way:

Islamist sup­port­ers of Pres­i­dent Mohamed Morsi cap­tured, detained and beat dozens of his polit­i­cal oppo­nents last week, hold­ing them for hours with their hands bound on the pave­ment out­side the pres­i­den­tial palace while pres­sur­ing them to con­fess that they had accepted money to use vio­lence in protests against him.

and more from Reuters:

On the streets of the cap­i­tal, ten­sions ran high after nine peo­ple were hurt when gun­men fired at pro­test­ers camp­ing in Tahrir Square, accord­ing to wit­nesses and Egypt­ian media.

The oppo­si­tion has called for a major demon­stra­tion it hopes will force Mursi to post­pone a ref­er­en­dum on a new constitution.

Am I the only one who finds it odd that we are so will­ing to sup­port the Islamists but not those who oppose them, par­tic­u­larly since the oppo­nents of the Islamists in Egypt aren’t ask­ing for weapons?

Update: The judges aren’t buy­ing it either:

The Egypt­ian Judges Club’s gen­eral assem­bly announced at a Tues­day press con­fer­ence in Cairo its final deci­sion not to super­vise Saturday’s pop­u­lar ref­er­en­dum on Egypt’s draft constitution.

While the west continues to decide just how much aid to give to the Syrian Islamists in their fight against Assad another group of Arabs in the middle east is not having as easy a time:

Thousands of opponents and supporters of Egypt’s Islamist president were flocking to key locations in the nation’s capital ahead of rival mass rallies Tuesday, four days before a nationwide referendum on a contentious draft constitution.

The protesters were beginning to gather just hours after masked assailants set upon opposition protesters staging a sit-in at Tahrir Square, firing birdshot and swinging knives and sticks, according to security officials. At least 11 protesters were wounded in the pre-dawn attack, according to a Health Ministry spokesman quoted by the official MENA news agency.

This is in response to Morsi taking dictatorial powers on Thanksgiving day as we’ve been talking about for a bit.

Well in Syria the west is preparing to provide Naval & AirPower to the rebels, so I’m sure we’ll see something comparable in Egypt for those fighting for their future against the Muslim Brotherhood right

Instability in Egypt, where a newly-elected Islamic government teeters over an angry population, isn’t enough to stop the U.S. from sending more than 20 F-16 fighter jets, as part of a $1 billion foreign aid package.

And mind you this isn’t Turkey & England in 1914 when Turkey paid for warships than England confiscated for their own navy after payment, this these are Jets purchased by US Taxpayers being delivered to the Muslim Brotherhood government while they face a people’s protest against a power grab.

It’s a government that even the NYT is writing about in this way:

Islamist supporters of President Mohamed Morsi captured, detained and beat dozens of his political opponents last week, holding them for hours with their hands bound on the pavement outside the presidential palace while pressuring them to confess that they had accepted money to use violence in protests against him.

and more from Reuters:

On the streets of the capital, tensions ran high after nine people were hurt when gunmen fired at protesters camping in Tahrir Square, according to witnesses and Egyptian media.

The opposition has called for a major demonstration it hopes will force Mursi to postpone a referendum on a new constitution.

Am I the only one who finds it odd that we are so willing to support the Islamists but not those who oppose them, particularly since the opponents of the Islamists in Egypt aren’t asking for weapons?

Update: The judges aren’t buying it either:

The Egyptian Judges Club’s general assembly announced at a Tuesday press conference in Cairo its final decision not to supervise Saturday’s popular referendum on Egypt’s draft constitution.

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