Yesterday, March 14, in a meeting with foreign journalists in Washington D.C., deputy spokesperson of the U.S. State Department Marie Harf confirmed, once again, that “the United States communicates with the Muslim Brotherhood but denied that this means it supports the organization… Harf dismissed what she described as a ‘conspiracy theory’ regarding U.S. support to the Brotherhood. ‘This cannot be real, we do not support them,’ she said, adding that they only support the Egyptian people in achieving democracy.”
So what do the Egyptian people think about it? One Egyptian news commentator for Ontv, discussing Harf’s words, summed up mainstream Egyptian opinion with the following cynical words:
Harf yesterday confirmed that her nation is in communication with the Muslim Brotherhood but denied that this means it supports them. They’re just in contact—you know, checking up on each other. She said that the United States is in contact with all political parties in Egypt. In reality, they are no longer political parties; they are terroristparties. She stressed that they do not support any particular person or political party, adding “We only support the Egyptian people.” And of course that explains why they stopped their aid and support; of course that’s why as they “support the Egyptian people,” the Egyptian people cannot stand the Muslim Brotherhood and has rejected them, and is rejoicing because the government finally designated them as a terrorist organization. So this is the sort of “support” Mary Harf offers to the Egyptian people—that the United States is in contact with a terrorist organization. Regarding a “conspiracy” between the U.S. and the Brotherhood, she said “This cannot be real, we do not support them,” adding that they only “support the Egyptian people in achieving democracy.” What’s it to you? If we want a democracy, a dictatorship, or just to stay as we are—we’re free to do so. I really don’t understand this idea whereby they [Obama administration] always show up saying “we support democracy” in the Arab world, and yet here is the result of their support: in every nation they put their nose in, they destroyed it.