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Egyptians don't want US aid

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posted on Jun, 9 2011 @ 12:19 AM

A Gallup poll indicates that Egyptians are against US aid to Egypt, that aid which supposedly supports Democracy, but the conditions of the aid is still kept secret.

"Egyptians oppose the U.S. sending aid to political groups in their country. This is particularly the case among those who look to the U.S. as a political example. While 75% of the general public opposes U.S. aid to political groups, 88% of Egyptians who see the U.S. as a political model for their country say the same."


The poll shows that over 75% of Egyptians are against the aid money.

To understand why, we have to look at some other polls, here are some polls from 2008:

It shows that the majority believe US is not helping the region's economic conditions.

The above poll shows that it isn't just Egyptians who are skeptical of US intentions in their country and in the region.

This could also effect their beliefs towards the US, because of the Palestinian situation. As you can see more than half pay a great deal of attention to Palestinian situation, and US unjustified support for Israel would easily sway alot of opinions.

The above poll suggests that the vast majority believe US is not pro-Democracy, and not encouraging the establishment of such a system, even though US claims it is doing that.

The above poll suggests that more than 75% believe US is controlling and interfering in their country's politics, and that US doesn't want the people of the said nation to choose their own destiny or political future.

US claims that these aids are pro-Democracy (although the conditions are kept secret), but Egyptians have the complete opposite belief. They not only believe that US has no intention of supporting Democracy in Egypt, but also believe US is stopping true Democracy from forming in Egypt, which explains why they are against these funds.

The mistrust is huge, but is the mistrust justified?

edit on 9-6-2011 by confreak because: (no reason given)

posted on Jun, 9 2011 @ 12:22 AM
reply to post by confreak

I will certainly agree that the Egyptian people likely don't want to become beholden to the U.S. or the IMF by taking on new debt. However, the Egyptian government wants it, and they don't care about what their public wants or thinks much more than any other modern nation.

....and the band plays on.... Permission from the people is entirely irrelevant to the powers that be.

posted on Jun, 9 2011 @ 12:24 AM
Good post, and Good find. What aid do we have to give anyways, shouldn't we be fixing our problems here first? I'm sure that if we do give aid, we will use it as leverage.

posted on Jun, 9 2011 @ 12:36 AM

Originally posted by dwmjr1985
I'm sure that if we do give aid, we will use it as leverage.

You've pretty much nailed it.
The "aid" being discussed here is the 2 billion dollars annually given to egypt since the 1979 Camp David peace deal between Egypt and Israel.
Effectively its bribe money - Egypt will get money as long as they're peaceful towards Israel.

Egypt is the second largest recipient of foreign "aid" after Israel. Together they combine one third of all foreign "aid". And you have to put "aid" in quotes here because really none of this has anything to do with helping poor starving children or homeless orphans in third world countries, or whatever people think "aid" really is.

posted on Jun, 9 2011 @ 12:56 AM
I hope people read this.

posted on Jun, 9 2011 @ 08:17 AM
The important thing to remember is that if Egypt turns in to a Democracy, the people will most likely elect a government which will not be that FOND of Western interference, and Western hegemony in the region.

I have a suspicion, and had it for a while, that the Egyptian transitional government is not any different than Mubarak (infact it is Mubarak's closes friends who are running the supposed transition). That's why the West is happy, and trying to send funds to control important functions within the illusionary Democracy which could be brought up.

The Egyptians have been tricked and the Tunisians, I'm hoping they wake up and fully topple the previous regime before they run out of steam, stamina, before the momentum is completely stopped and reversed back on them.

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