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'.
 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  .
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  .
[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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