Academic criticizes US Egypt policy

The current political crisis in Egypt is an œunanticipated consequence” of the ouster of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak through a coup, James Petras, a retired Bartle Professor of sociology at Binghamton University says, criticizing the US policy in the country during the post-Mubarak period.

œThe Mubarak force made a comeback. The left played the patsy or the supplementary force, and this allowed the military to cease complete control and to repress the (Muslim) Brotherhood,” Petras told Press TV on Saturday.

Now, there is a larger opposition in the country bringing œa series of problems for Washington,” he said.

Petras criticized the US for not supporting the Muslim Brotherhood party during the second coup by the military, which toppled former president Muhamed Morsi.

A large number of members of the party were subsequently arrested by military forces.

Though the military has a tendency towards the US and Israel, he said, it has a œvery weak social base.” Petras warned that the current situation could lead to œa profound unrest” in the country as the military defies to share power with other groups including the Brotherhood.

Washington suspended part of its $1.3 billion military aid to Egypt in a bid to press Cairo to end the bloodshed on the streets, which began since the ouster of Morsi on July 3.

œWashington is trying to pressure the military to, at least, legalize and incorporate the Muslim Brotherhood into the political system in some kind of a recycle version of power-sharing, including perhaps some of the secular liberals,” the retired academic said.

But the US will fail in its effort, many critics believe. The critics say the cut in military aid is largely “symbolic” as it is unlikely to have a concrete impact on situation in Egypt.


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