Reports from Tahrir Square: Egypt in Transition

Egypt faces turmoil. About a year after Mohamed Morsi won election with the Muslim Brotherhood backing, Egypt’s oppressed citizens have risen up again. Protestors’ cries for Morsi’s expulsion have led to his removal and last we heard, he was under house arrest at an undisclosed location. Tensions now rise as the questions on U.S. aid, violence, new leadership and Egypt’s near future abound. Over in the Middle East, an Egyptian with family and friends staked out in Tahrir Square offered me his perspective on some of these issues via Twitter.

Self-described humanist, architect and graphic designer Mohamed, an Egyptian with ties to both friends and family daily in Tahrir Square, shared on Twitter what he called the Egyptian perspective on the uprising. He indicated the military intervention is simply a response to the people’s uprising against Morsi and that this is not a coup. He went on to relay sentiments from those friends and family describing the square, “feels like a festival,” “happy and celebrating the army move” while “friends who are cops are very optimistic” and “although they are saying it crazy but they are moving fast against what they are calling terrorist threats!”

When asked about Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour, Mohamed confirmed his perspective on Mansour as a relatively unknown and uncontroversial figure. Many reports have commented on Mansour’s neutrality and place on the Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court. Mohamed stated, “He is the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, a position you have to be very honest & clean history. Other than that he is cleric. A very by the book person! Neutral when it comes to politics!”

Other reports mark the division between Mansour and the Brotherhood. A recent BBC News report states, “Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood[MB] has rejected a timetable for new elections laid out by interim president Adly Mansour, saying it is illegitimate.” The MB seems to be rushing the process as with Morsi’s election, in an attempt to control the outcome of the election yet again. The report goes on to state, “Mr Morsi was Egypt’s first freely elected president. His removal last Wednesday followed protests by tens of thousands of people who accused him of becoming increasingly authoritarian, pursuing an Islamist agenda, and failing to tackle Egypt’s economic woes.”

But another segment of the population, Coptic Christians, are being attacked in the backlash from pro-Morsi Muslim Brotherhood activists. These Egyptians did not experience elections free from intimidation and threats.

Breitbart News contributor Dr. Susan Berry recently wrote an article regarding persecution of Coptic Christians in the region. She writes, “Pro-Morsi supporters are following through with attacks on Egypt’s Christians as retaliation” and goes on to reference a Morningstar News article and quote a Coptic Christian woman as having said, “This is just the beginning,” “They won’t be happy until they steal everything we own and kill us all. How can anyone be full of so much hate? If I took my eyes off God, I would shrink and die.” Berry also notes, “According to a report at Gatestone Institute, Christians are being kidnapped and held hostage for ransom money.

An Egyptian Morsi supporter, enraged by the leader’s ouster and scapegoating Egypt’s Christian minority, asserted, “I am a religious [Muslim] Egyptian lady. I tell the Christians one word: You live by our side! We will set you on fire! We will set you on fire!””

Even 22 staff members of the TV network Al Jazeera recognized the bias influence in media regarding the Muslim Brotherhood and as a result they have now left the network. Breitbart’s Michael Patrick Leahy reports on the ‘bias coverage’ and the network’s attempts to infiltrate and bias news here in the US.

While the U.S. mulls over the precarious position we’re in regarding foreign aid, some Middle Eastern governments are throwing aid packages Egypt’s way. The United Arab Emirates has now approved $3 billion in loans and grants to Egypt. Saudi Arabia has approved a $5 billion aid package as well.

Obama has managed to alienate both sides in Egypt while throwing mass amounts of US dollars, some approximate $1.5 billion in aid money, to the Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood-led Egypt. This is the same Muslim Brotherhood that is terrorizing Egypt’s citizens all the more and vows to continue until Morsi is reinstated. Only now, as the Egyptian people are seeing progress in pushing back against the Muslim Brotherhood regime, is Obama’s administration questioning whether the US should be providing aid. They seemed to have no problem back when I wrote an article on this in March: New Secretary of State John Kerry’s Priority: More Money to Muslim Brotherhood-led Egypt.

Obama used to condemn intervening in other countries. John Kerry can’t even be honest about where he was when all this went down. The yacht has sailed on ‘the most transparent administration in history’. Mr. Obama, your golf game is way over par in America; Egypt doesn’t need to suffer your bad shots too. Americans need a President that doesn’t lead from behind; we need a President who will fight corruption and stand for freedom.

Michelle Moons

Michelle Moons is a campaign treasurer pursuing a CPA license. She is a contributor for and operates her campaign finance business in Carlsbad, California.

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