These are once again troubling days for the Middle East as Egypt faces its second revolution in three years. Continued rallies against the government prompted the military to oust the country’s democratically elected president, arrest hundreds of his supporters, suspend the constitution and appoint an unelected official as interim president. Until new elections are called, this new president will undoubtedly be controlled by the military.
The ousted president, elected one year ago, was part of the Muslim Brotherhood, a fundamental Islamic party advocating a return to a traditional Muslim society. Over the coming days, millions of the Brotherhood’s supporters will protest his removal. This retaliation will take to the streets of Egypt in a clash with those in favor of new elections. Hopefully, the demonstrations will remain peaceful, and new elections will come quickly. Otherwise, Egypt may fall into civil war.
With a population of 85 million, Egypt is the dominant country in the Arab world and has been a strong ally of the U.S. Egypt receives $1.6 billion in aid from the U.S. each year, with $1.3 billion going directly to Egypt’s military. Only Israel receives more American funding than Egypt