LONGTIME U.S. ALLY ALIGNING WITH TEHRAN / ´Arab Spring´ result leaves Egypt picking Iran as partner (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin WASHINGTON 04/10/12)
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WASHINGTON – Just as Washington took the unusual step recently of
inviting members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood for White House
talks to try regain influence in Cairo, Egyptians followed recent
gains by the Muslim Brotherhood in parliament to pursue Tehran as
strategic partner instead of Washington, according to a report in
Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Given the increasingly close cooperation between what could become an
Egyptian government run by the Muslim Brotherhood, Washington also
may be looking to the Brotherhood as a potential conduit of
communications to Iran, a development that could be unsettling to
Publicly, the U.S. is cautioning Egypt against growing ties with
Iran, while recognizing the reality of the Brotherhood’s possible
ascension to leadership in Egypt. U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Ann
Paterson has raised concerns about the Brotherhood’s growing links
“Washington expresses its concern about the Egyptian Islamic
movement’s relations with Tehran,” she said.
For years, however, Shi’ite Iran has been a major financial supporter
of the Sunni Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and quietly worked for some
two years with the group to oust Washington-backed Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak last year.
So, that relationship should be no surprise to Washington.
Analysts say that Iran’s Shi’ite form of Islam has more appeal among
Egyptian Sunnis than among Sunnis in other Arab countries, partially
due to Iran’s opposition to Mubarak for the past 30 years.
That opposition developed after Mubarak granted the Shah of Iran
political asylum in Egypt following the 1979 Iranian revolution.
Now, a new U.S.-based Gallup poll taken since the Brotherhood and the
more fundamentalist Salifist al-Nour party combined to establish an
Islamist Muslim majority in parliamentary elections earlier this year
reveals that some 56 percent of Egyptians see relations with the
United States as bad for the country.
This latest consensus is up from 40 percent last December. Only 25
percent say a closer relationship with Washington is a good thing,
while 41 percent favor closer ties with Iran.
Furthermore, only 19 percent of Egyptians approve of U.S. government
policy while 65 percent disapprove.
In addition, a sizeable majority of Egyptians support replacing U.S.
assistance with funds from Iran, while a decreasing number view the
treaty with Israel as positive.
Eighty-two percent of Egyptians questioned oppose U.S. economic aid
to Egypt, up from 71 percent from last December.
The U.S. provides some $1.7 billion in assistance to Egypt, of which
$1.3 billion goes to the Egyptian military. (© 2012
WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. 04/10/12)
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