In Summary
  • This is not the first time that the United States has had a direct hand in escalating or even causing insecurity around the world
  • The US is quick to support the International Criminal Tribunal when it suits it, but refuses to see the crimes against humanity it is also committing

The military forces of an illegally installed government killed hundreds of protesters in what can only be described as a massacre. Yet the United States of America, the “leader of the free world”, continues to provide the same military with $1.3 billion a year.

There have been no sanctions against Egypt, nor any signs that US military assistance to the country will cease. This makes the United States complicit in the crimes against civilians being committed by the Egyptian military and the leaders it is supporting.

However, this is not the first time that the United States has had a direct hand in escalating or even causing insecurity around the world. Everywhere the US intervenes, it leaves devastation in its wake.

When the United States and Britain invaded Iraq in 2003, they ignited sectarianism and provided a fertile ground for Al Qaeda to take root. Iraq is still reeling from the havoc caused by that invasion, and continues to suffer from violence, including suicide bombings.

In Pakistan, the US has for decades been providing aid to military-style dictatorships that failed to improve the lot of ordinary Pakistanis, especially women.

In the 1980s, this beacon of democracy financed the Mujahideen, which morphed into the dreaded Taliban, which grew into a global terrorist organisation known as Al Qaeda.

In Somalia, it backed Ethiopian forces to oust the Islamic Courts Union, which brought a semblance of law and order in this war-torn country. Ousted members of the ICU formed Al Shabaab, another terrorist outfit that has been oppressing the Somali people for the last seven years.

BROTHERHOOD MAY BE RADICALISED

My fear is that if the Muslim Brotherhood is similarly suppressed in Egypt, it might get radicalised and take up arms against the government. Egypt could go the Syria way, which would be a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions.

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