Sunday, November 3, 2013

Kerry Visits Egypt

By Micah Halpern
I've Been Thinking:

US Secretary of State John Kerry made an unscheduled stop in Egypt today.

It was the first time since the uprising of four months ago that any high level representative of the United States, let alone the secretary of state, has visited Egypt.

The United States had no precedent for dealing with the ousting of a democratically elected president - and Morsi was the first ever democratically elected president of Egypt. They did not know how to handle the situation. By law the United States cannot support a coup against an elected regime - even if the regime represented the Muslim Brotherhood. So the United States cancelled several aid packages to Egypt and stood by watching and waiting.

This visit by Kerry is significant.

It demonstrates that the US finally, truly, understands and accepts that even though he was democratically elected, as leader of Egypt Morsi transformed his government into an anti-democratic government promoting the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood.

This is a major step for the United States and will help US standing in the region. 

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