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Egypt: Jeers to Cheers; Staging a "Democratic" Military Coup

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It seems the only "serious measure" undertaken was the ouster of Morsi.   With him gone, the military engaged, and the poring in of Saudi money, the dam project will proceed unhindered;   blood-diluted Nile water will flow to the enemies of the Egyptian in sink with a current of jubilation by the crowds who 'can't see the forest for the trees'. 


[1] During the early years of the Cold War, American spies in Cairo   "engaged in an operation to show Soviet ungodliness" by circulating anti-Islamic literature and attributing it to the Soviets.    When the nationalist Gamal Abdel Nasser refused to become America's man in Egypt, CIA looked for a "religious spellbinder" who could tip the scales of Arab opinion and "divert the growing stream of anti-American hostility."   The intent was to "groom a messiah who would start out in Egypt, and then spread his word to Africans and perhaps other Third World peoples" in order to "immunize them against false prophets," namely Nasser [1] . Although no 'messiah' was groomed, the CIA did co-opt leaders of the Islamic revival movement known as the Ikhwan, or Muslim Brotherhood, and "the seeds of a furtive relationship between the CIA and the Ikhwan were planted."   In the years ahead, the agency would become a de-facto accomplice of the Muslim Brotherhood and its "terrorist" activities [1] .   

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[i] Frances Stonor Saunders. The Cultural Cold War: the CIA and the World of Arts and Letters . New York : New Press 2000.  

[ii] "Will Nile water go to Israel? North Sinai pipelines and the politics of scarcity", Middle East Policy (Sep 1997): 113-124.

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Soraya has lived and studied in-Iran, UK, France, and has obtained her Master's degree in Public Diplomacy from USC Annenberg and USC School for International Studies, Los Angeles.- She is an independent researcher, public speaker, radio (more...)
 

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