Judges Ashraf el Ashmawy and Sameh Abu-Zeid hold a press conference

in Cairo to announce the results of their investigation into non-government

organizations operating in Egypt. Beyond the question of foreign funds that

support the NGOs, the two highlighted maps discovered in the offices of

the U.S.-based International Republican Institute, and recommended the

criminal trials of 43 foreigners, including 19 Americans.



Amal al-Oumma, Egypt

Egyptians Refuse to Accept What America Would Reject


"Would the United States accept what these NGOs were doing here - undermining the nation's sovereignty - on U.S. soil? It would absolutely refuse. So why should we have to accept it? … Should Egypt accept such a situation in return for aid which is given in return for favors the previous regime performed for the U.S. in Iraq, the Gulf and Afghanistan, all at the expense of our Arab nation?"


By Dr. Mahmud Madi



Translated By Nicolas Dagher


February 14, 2012


Egypt - Amal Al Ommah - Original Article (Arabic)

Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi, head of Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces: He and his associates appear to be whipping up anti-Western sentiment to be able to win the approval of the public, which is less than satisfied with the nation's democratic transition.


AL-JAZEERA VIDEO: A look at the political fractures in Egypt, Feb. 10, 00 :39:48RealVideo

The shouts of the revolutionaries in Tahrir Square - and all of Egypt is for all intents and purposes Tahrir Square - were heard around the world, north, south, east and west, and everyone knew that an earthquake had happened in Egypt.


As Ahmed Shawqi once said: “We were separated from the world by mail, but joined at the horizons by broadcasting." [Writing at the beginning of the last century], the poet was referring to radio - which transformed the world into a small village.


But somehow, news of the revolution failed to reach the administrations in America and Germany, which insisted on taking the same approach they followed with the previous regime, when submission and unquestioned approval was the norm. As Georgetown University Professor John Esposito has said: “The administration only sees what it wants to see, and only hears what it wants to hear.”


With many others, I watched the press conference of the Egyptian investigative judges on the involvement of some American non-governmental organizations in political activity. Under the guise of charity work and spreading democracy, they and their money entered the country illegally - the cash going to Egyptian organizations in an effort to create strife and chaos in an attempt to influence the outcome of the revolution.


The American reaction was tense and angry. In the face of the Egyptian people, Washington then drew its sharpest weapon: it threatened to cut U.S. aid to Egypt.


Some American papers described the Egyptian position as reflecting a “lack of moral principle.” So is reclaiming our dignity, which was lost during the previous regime, considered a lack of moral principle? Then what should we call your arrogance toward us? Shall we call it a “lack of civility”?


Few of us have forgotten your $1.3 billion. But while Egyptians have not forgotten that, they have also not forgotten the story of the Aswan Dam and how you refused to finance it unless certain humiliating conditions were met. So the Egyptian people built it themselves with their daily bread. The people are more than willing to do without your aid.


The people will never forget your biased siding with Israel in 1967, and will not forget your threats to our military in 1973 and your airlift to Israel to save it from certain defeat at the hands of the heroic Egyptian Army. We will not forget the way you suborned President Sadat at Camp David until you stripped our victory of all substance. This is why large sectors of Egypt's population doesn't trust you. You kept the oppressive “Mubarak” regime safe and warm and you aspired to allow the regime to survive without Mubarak, so you could continue to guarantee Israel's security with the help of Egyptians.


We ask: Would the United States of America accept what these NGOs were doing here - undermining the nation's sovereignty - on U.S. soil? It would absolutely refuse. So why should we have to accept it? Why does the U.S. want revolutionary Egypt to become a breeding ground for conspiracies against Egypt's national and societal security, its territorial integrity and the unity of its people? Should Egypt accept such a situation in return for aid which is given in return for favors the previous regime performed for the U.S. in Iraq, the Gulf and Afghanistan, all at the expense of our Arab nation?


If the Americans were sincere about their calls to spread democracy, they would have waited a bit until the end of the investigation into their agents and their leader, International Republican Institute chief Sam LaHood. But all we see is the arrogance of "Dulles," "Albright," "Kissinger" and Condoleezza Rice.


We have a right to ask: What does charity work and spreading democracy have to do with taking photographs of churches, noting their locations and numbers? How is this related to identifying the bases of the Egyptian Armed Forces in cities along the Nile canal? Isn’t this an act of espionage against our national security for the benefit of foreign parties? Or does this qualify as charitable work in your lexicon?


And how can we explain the existence of maps that divide a unified nation into four distinct states?


Another question: It has been said that the total amount of money these American NGOs poured into Egyptian organizations from 2006 to 2010 amounted to $60 million - and that in the year since the dawn of the revolution, the amount jumped to $400 million. Is such generosity out of a love for the revolution and support for the revolutionaries, or something else, perhaps?! 



I want to say that the U.S. administration only reluctantly accepted the revolution and had to bite its collective tongue by removing Mubarak - but then supported the counter-revolution in order to keep the Mubarak regime without Mubarak. How else can we explain what these organizations have done to our country?



Le Monde, France: Muslim Brotherhood is the Least of America's Problems
Al Ahram, Egypt: Raids on U.S. NGOs Reveal Scheme to 'Partition' Egypt
El Akhbar, Egypt: 'Maps' Cited in Arrest of Foreign NGO Workers
Thawra Al-Wada, Syria: 'New Mideast' Borders to Be Drawn in Arab Blood
Amal al-Oumma, Egypt: What We Egyptians Have Learned from Revolution
The Frontier Post, Pakistan: America's Secret War on Iran in Balochistan

O Globo, Brazil: Facebook and Twitter are Just a Means to a Greater End

La Jornada, Mexico: In Egypt, Washington's Global Image is Once Again at Stake

Al-Wahdawi, Yemen: In Egypt, the 'Mother of All Battles' is Still to Come

Al-Seyassah, Kuwait: U.S. Pressure on Rights and Democracy is at Root of the Problem

Tehran Times, Iran: Egyptians and All Arabs Must Beware of 'Global Ruling Class'

Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria: Mubarak, Friends Scheme to Short-Circuit Revolt

Salzburger Nachrichten, Austria: America Must Act or Cede Egypt to the Islamists

Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany: America's' 'Shameful' Faustian Bargain Unravels

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.: Mubarak Regime 'Still Very Much in Power'

Hankyoreh, South Korea: Egypt: Will U.S. Pick the Right Side this Time?

Global Times, China: Egypt, Tunisia Raise Doubts About Western Democracy

Kayhan, Iran: Middle East Revolutions Herald America's Demise

Sydney Morning Herald: Revolution is in the Air, But U.S. Sticks to Same Old Script

The Telegraph, U.K.: America's Secret Backing for Egypt's Rebel Leaders

Debka File, Israel: Sources: Egypt Uprising Planned in Washington Under Bush



The Egyptian revolution has stood against them. It has deviated from the path sought by Tony Blair - who feels hatred and vindictiveness for everything Muslim, Arabic and Palestinian - and who said as our revolution began that any change the revolution may bring must be controlled and consistent with the economic and strategic interests of the West. Could it be that Egypt's change in course has led to attempts to seek revenge, drive the Egyptian people back onto the American reservation, and operations by American and German organizations to spy and cause chaos in support of counter revolution?


A series of moves to pressure and warn Egypt came from the U.S. administration and European Union. But so far, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, expressing itself on behalf of the revolution, has rejected these threats and announced that they would not give in - and would not be the instrument for bringing the Egyptian people to their knees again - even if Washington cuts its aid. Boosting the Army’s position were the results of NGO investigation and the discovery of the maps dividing Egypt into four entities!


The message of the revolution hasn't reached them yet. They have yet to absorb the lessons and the defeats in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia. This is the era of the people. A tiny and poor country south of Egypt, Eritrea, has refused U.S. aid and its so-called non-governmental organization and is relying on its own resources, which cannot be compared to the tremendous resources and potential of Egypt - despite its great upheavals and hard times.


Final words: If America wants to ensure its interests in our Arab East, and balanced and respectful relations with Egypt, then it has to recognize revolutionary Egypt is different from the Egypt of “Mubarak” or his heir “Gamal.”


Oh Allah, save our country of Egypt from all evil, and link our hearts to the people of the cave.




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