Muslim Brotherhood says it will continue protests; Obama Administration denies cutting funding to military government in Egypt.

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The Muslim Brotherhood intends to keep up the protests and the Obama Administration denies that it has cut funding for the military-installed government in Egypt:

August 20, 2013

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is promising to press on with its massive protests despite the arrest of its spiritual leader, saying its struggle will remain nonviolent.

Egypt’s military detained Mohamed Badie early Tuesday in a neighborhood of eastern Cairo where for weeks protesters rallied against Egypt’s interim military government.  Video of the 70-year-old Badie on Egyptian television showed him sitting on a couch with his hands folded in his lap as a man with a rifle stands by.

During a press conference Tuesday, members of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood demanded an economic boycott, adding they would refuse to buy products from countries that backed Egypt’s interim military government, such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Despite intense pressure from the military government, VOA Cairo Correspondent Elizabeth Arrott says the islamist group has vowed not to back down.

“Amir Bassam, on the board of the Brotherhood’s political wing, spoke to VOA by telephone from an undisclosed location in Greater Cairo,” Arrott said. “He said despite the many arrests, it’s impossible to eliminate the Brotherhood as it represents what he called a “genuine, integral, working part of Egyptian society.”

The Brotherhood has appointed 69-year-old Mohamed Ezzat as its temporary spiritual guide.  But Ezzat and the Brotherhood will have to contend with more than Egypt’s military.

August 20, 2013

The Obama administration is denying reports that it is withholding some military aid to Egypt as it considers a response to escalating violence following the military’s ouster of president Mohamed Morsi.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Tuesday that a review of the United States’ $1.5 billion a year in assistance to Egypt has not concluded and that published reports suggesting assistance to Egypt has been cut off are “not accurate.” …

U.S. federal law requires the cutoff of aid to any country in which a military coup has displaced an elected government. But despite strongly condemning the Egyptian military crackdown last week that killed hundreds, the administration has said it is not deciding on whether Morsi’s overthrow was a coup.

As I mentioned in some earlier posts, there is no doubt that what occurred in Egypt was a coup supported by the military.  The USA officially seems less convinced.   Again, notice the definition of a coup d’état from Wikipedia:

A coup d’état (/ˌkuːdeɪˈtɑː/; plural: coups d’état), also known as a coup, a putsch, or an overthrow, is the sudden deposition of a government, usually by a small group of the existing state establishment—typically the military—to depose the extant government and replace it with another body, civil or military. A coup d’état is considered successful when the usurpers establish their dominance. When the coup neither fails completely nor succeeds, a civil war is a likely consequence. (viewed 07/08/13)

What happened in Egypt was a military coup blamed on a certain amount of popular discontent.

Those who thought that the mobocracy coup in July 2013 ended the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood or other Islamist parties in Egypt and elsewhere were in error.

Yet, the USA went so far as to declare that the coup was not a coup last month:

26 July 2013

The White House has said that the overthrow of the former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was not a coup and it will continue to provide Egypt with economic and military aid…

U.S. law says aid to “any country whose duly elected head of government is deposed by military coup d’etat or decree” must instantly be halted.

The USA seems to no longer believe that it is tied to sticking with all the principles in its own Constitution, own principles, or its own laws (see also The Bill of Rights and Declaration on the 4th of July 2013).  This is another example.  This does not mean that I am a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.  What some of its supporter reportedly did to the Coptic churches last week, to site one example (see Al Qaeda involvement in Egyptian protests. Coptics blamed by certain Islamists) was morally inexcusable in my view.

Yet, while this USA decision to not call a coup a coup may be pragmatic, the reality is that the Muslim Brotherhood is a group that wants a pan-Islamic empire, similar to one prophesied in the Bible (cf. Ezekiel 30:1-9).  No matter what the USA says or does this will happen. The current non-Islamist government will ultimately disappoint even more of the Egyptians, who will look for a type of Islamic strongman to lead them per Daniel 11:40-43.

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