|Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 31):|
Result: Egyptians are feeling that Obama approves of Morsi's power grab. Good job.
Would things have been any different under a different President? We don't know but we can speculate.
The previous administration was fearful of change in Egypt. The last thing they wanted was "democracy" because it may have resulted in a victory for the Islamic Brotherhood. There are plenty who are happy to say "I told you so."
I think it fair to say that Obama wants to ensure the best for America whatever happens just as his predecessor did. Whether that benefits ordinary Egyptians is open to question. but I doubt that you will find a single politician in the US who places the interests of ordinary Egyptians ahead of the interests of the US. If they did, I suspect that you would be the first to condemn them.
|Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 32):|
I guess anything they hate is just synonymous with America
During my visits to Alexandria and Cairo I have been privileged to meet people with different views on how Egypt should develop and its relationship with the US. There is no uniform view. Some love the ideal that the US represents while condemning the application of policy in particular instances. Some welcome the ideas of liberalisation while feeling aggrieved at the disdain that is sometimes projected - the arrogant assumption that Western Ideals are intrinsically superior. Some are charitable and suggest such views are based on ignorance and a misunderstanding of how the people of Egypt in particular, and Muslims in general feel. But it is not just Muslims that feel this way. Coptic Christian friends have also expressed disquiet. Others are less charitable, just as you would expect in any country.
Please do not get me wrong and think that I think intolerance to any people is acceptable. I don't. But I am lucky enough to have lived in a number of countries and realise that whatever cultural or historical differences we have, most people want the same things.
The reality is that there is no uniform love or condemnation of the US or any other country. Some may hate. Others may love. But I can only go on what I heard and that is that it is not for others to decide what occurs in Egypt, any more than outsiders should dictate what happens in my country or the US.
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