Not for the first time do I register my concern with Egypt’s President Sisi.
There is absolutely no doubt Sisi rules in a most repressive manner. Far more so than did Hosni Mubarak. Human Rights Watch reports that under the regime of Sisi hundreds of protesters have been killed. In addition tens of thousands are jailed, and most of those are from members of the political opposition. And always of deep concern to me are the members of the press who are censored and imprisoned.
So it should come as no surprise that I am troubled by the news that the United States will resume suspended military aid to Egypt. The Obama administration said it would continue to request the annual $1.3 billion in military financing the United States has provided in the past to Egypt. That makes such funding the second-largest recipient of U.S. military support after Israel.
While I strongly support foreign aid overall , and also support the military moves Egypt along with other regional powers are taking against radical elements in Yemen, I am opposed to the military support we are providing for Sisi.
I strongly felt that the democratic vote of Egypt should have been supported that placed Morsi in power. It is the process of democracy that needed to have played out which would have allowed for that nation to have become stronger and more aware of the importance of the political power unleashed from elections. But instead what happened was nothing less than a military coup which allowed Sisi to be ‘elected’.
As such America needs to ponder larger truths about our role in the such cases. While it is true that our foreign policy interests always need to be asserted, and one can make a strong case for the military aid we are providing, it is also true that I can paint a historical perspective as to why such support for these types of leaders cause real problems.
We always seek out more representative governments than the ones they replaced, but never backtrack when that newer government rules as repressively as the predecessor. We never seen to sense the outrage or the radicalization of the populace in time and then so work to temper the regime that is to blame. We just keep playing ball with the tyrants. Then we act with surprise that the people are angry and start blowing things up.