Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Clinton Visit Protested by Egyptian Christians

Christians demonstrated outside Mrs Clinton's hotel over U.S. support for the Islamist government

Clinton & Islamist President Morsi

Clinton and General Tantawi, the real leader in Egypt and currently the only thing restraining Islamist President Morsi from implementing Muslim Brotherhood policy

Hillary's motorcade pelted with tomatoes and shoes

Hillary Clinton was targeted by protesters who threw tomatoes and their own shoes at her motorcade during a visit to Egypt. Demonstrators also mockingly chanted 'Monica, Monica' in reference to Bill Clinton's extra-marital affair.

The Secretary of State was on her first trip to Egypt since the election of the country's new Islamist President, Mohammed Morsi.

During the protests in Alexandria, a tomato struck an Egyptian official in the face, and shoes and a water bottle landed near the armoured cars carrying Mrs Clinton's aides.

A senior State Department official said that neither Mrs Clinton nor her vehicle, which were around the corner from the incident, were struck by any of the projectiles.

She also met the country's top general, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, on Sunday to discuss Egypt's turbulent democratic transition as the military wrestles for influence with the new president. The meeting came a day after she met Mr Morsi, whose powers were clipped by the military days before he took office. Speaking after the meeting, Mr Tantawi said the army respected the presidency but would not be deterred from its role of 'protecting' Egypt.
[Daily Mail]

Exclusion of Israel at Counter-Terror Conference Raises Concern -Michael Widlanski

Top U.S. administration officials have said they think Egypt's Brotherhood is moderate. In response, IDF Maj.-Gen. Amos Gilad observed, "[Egyptian President] Morsi says 'I want an Islamic caliphate (empire) whose capital is Jerusalem,' and what do they [the Americans] say: 'Don't believe him. He doesn't really mean it.' Well, he does mean it."

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