This popular movement against the reigning president brought denials of participation from the secular National Salvation Front (NSF); they claimed no connection to the violence, and charged Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood for what they called, “A state of congestions and tension prevailing in the Egyptian society for the last two months.” Now, opposition parties are working in unison; hard-line Islamists are joining forces with the non-sectarian National Salvation Front in bringing order to the state. The NSF has accused Morsi of imposing his will on the nation, and earlier, of ruling in favor of Muslim Brotherhood Islamists. Opposition leaders have renounced violence in favor of dialogue at a meeting at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo. It is further reported that the Egyptian police are calling for peaceful and civilized protests.
All these developments in Egypt come at a time when the office of the secretary of state for the United States is changing hands. As Secretary Clinton takes leave of the office, John Kerry, long time member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is now taking over. In addition, changes are in progress within both the House of Representatives and Senate Foreign Relations Committees. Fresh minds will be called upon to deal with unanticipated crises. As protests enter their second week, President Obama has yet to make any statement regarding changes in American ties to Morsi or the military equipment promised and already in transfer. Critics are asking for a detailed accounting of our national position.
Egypt has come far in her quest for freedom, harmony, and democracy. We owe a debt to these individuals, having encouraged and supported them in their painful struggle for recognition. The president will meet with advisors; the blame will continue. We anticipate some important statement coming from the White House in the next few days.
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