Egypt Protestors Accuse US of Propping Up Terrorists

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CAIRO -- Millions of Egyptians took to the streets again on Sunday to show their support for the new interim government. Many are concerned about the roll the Obama administration played in the former government of Mohammed Morsi.

At just one of the many anti-Morsi rallies taking place throughout the country, it was evident Egyptians are upset for what they perceive as the White House's support of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The demonstrators prominently displayed signs saying U.S. President Obama supports terrorism. Others carried signs criticizing the role of U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Ann Patterson. They feel she and the Obama administration gave legitimacy to the Muslim Brotherhood, which they now see as a terrorist group. 

"You want to tell me you fight terrorism in Afghanistan and finance it in Egypt," one demonstrator charged.

Michael Meunier, with the U.S. Coptic Association, said for two years the Obama administration marginalized secular leaders, moderate Muslims, and Christians while propping up Islamists.

"Throughout this two years, Ann Patterson would not meet with secular leaders as much as she met with Islamists and Salafists and jihadists, and she propped them in the American media and made them look like they're political operatives," he told CBN News.

Meunier and others feel the Obama administration helped Morsi maintain his power. Former Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Zvi Mazel can't understand U.S. support for Morsi.

"Something went wrong, to my humble opinion, in the White House," Mazel told CBN News. "They just did not understand what was happening in the Middle East and especially in Egypt and then they gave their support to the Muslim Brothers."

"To my mind, that was the time to stop giving them assistance -- not now!" Mazel said. "Now they should give them the assistance. They should help them to fight the Muslim Brothers. They did the other thing around. Can you imagine?"

Many Egyptians hit the streets because they feared since his election one year ago, Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood were using democracy to establish an Islamist dictatorship.

"He became like a God. We took to the streets to protest against this decree and we're saying you will not be a dictator and this country is free," another demonstrator said.

When 30 million Egyptians flooded the streets on June 30 -- the largest political gathering in human history -- it set the stage for Morsi's dramatic ouster by the army and a stunning rejection of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Mohammed Suleiman is one of the young activists behind the protests. He helped gather 22 million signatures against Morsi's government.

Suleiman said the Brotherhood failed to provide even the basics.

"This government was disastrous. They couldn't manage the country. They couldn't provide us with the basic needs for life, bread, water," he explained.

"We suffered from electric shortage, food shortage. There was even lack of security in the streets. We became threatened," Suleiman said.

Many Egyptians feared that without a change, their country would become like Iran, an Islamic theocracy. The leaders behind this revolution insist it's not a coup but a popular uprising.

"How could this be a coup? We organized this four months ago," one demonstrator said. "We told the people to go sign petitions to impeach Morsi, even [though] we don't have anything in the Constitution, but we wanted to show the outside world that we're organizing this." 

Despite the millions in the streets supporting the new government, the Muslim Brotherhood vows it will continue to fight.

"We will continue uplifting the pressure, and we will increase the pressure on the SCAF [Supreme Council of the Armed Forces] and the military coup dictatorship until they recede and reinstate President Morsi back to his rightful seat," the group's spokesman, Gehad el-Haddad, said.

No one can predict what will happen next, but the recent violence is one sign there may be a long, hard road ahead for Egypt. That's why many Christians are asking for prayer for the Arab world's most strategic nation.

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Chris Mitchell

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