Should U.S. cut off Egypt, other nations tied to terror?

2013-07-01T00:00:00Z Should U.S. cut off Egypt, other nations tied to terror?Jay Sekulow Arizona Daily Star
July 01, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The Obama administration should stop sending taxpayer dollars to nations that embrace Islamic terrorism - nations that behave like adversaries, not allies.

Case in point: Egypt and the radical Muslim Brotherhood. The Obama administration recently agreed to spend an additional $250 million in taxpayer funds to send weapons to this increasingly unstable nation.

That's in addition to the more than $1 billion annual taxpayer giveaway to Egypt. The U.S. is putting highly sophisticated tanks and warplanes in the hands of terrorists - terrorists who are hostile to America and to our longtime ally, Israel.

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is a blatant and outspoken anti-Semite who calls Jews the "descendants of apes and pigs" and says Egyptian children should be "nursed" on "hatred" for Israel.

The Muslim Brotherhood, the governing political body in Egypt, is widely recognized as an organization that inspires and supports terrorism and is affiliated with the terrorist group Hamas. Al-Qaida's leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, even has direct ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt is now becoming not just a source of terrorists but also a launching pad for terror attacks, including deadly ones launched against Israel from Egyptian soil. And Egyptian terrorists were present in the 2012 Benghazi attack and in the recent attack and violence in Algeria. There also are credible reports that Egyptian authorities denied the U.S. direct access to a Benghazi terrorist suspect, a disturbing act from an alleged "ally."

Egypt has passed a Shariah-based constitution that restricts religious freedom and provides a legal basis for continued persecution of Egypt's embattled Christian minority.

The reaction from the Obama administration? Send Egypt hundreds of millions of dollars in high-tech weapons - 200 M1A1 Abrams battle tanks and some 20 F-16 fighters. The most recent shipment of four warplanes was sent to Egypt just weeks ago. Eight more F-16s will be delivered by the end of the year. The U.S. has become Egypt's major arms supplier.

This is not only dangerous to our national security but represents an extreme threat to Israel. As Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, put it: "Friends don't send U.S. taxpayer-funded F-16s and tanks to the enemies of their friends."

Every new F-16 or tank delivered to Egypt is another weapon that can be used to consolidate the Muslim Brotherhood's grip on power. Every new dollar of economic aid buys the Brotherhood more time.

For Morsi, this aid represents an American seal of approval and a stamp of legitimacy on his repressive regime. Every F-16, every Abrams tank is a propaganda victory for the Morsi regime.

With Americans asked to tighten their financial belts because of the sequester, our government should withhold sending hundreds of millions in taxpayer funds to nations like Egypt, until we get proof - and that means actions, not just words - that they are a true ally. It's time we sequester terrorists.

Yes: We're aiding our own enemies

Editor's note

Every Monday we offer pro/con pieces from the McClatchy-Tribune News Service to give readers a broad view of issues.

Jay Sekulow is chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice.

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