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Wednesday, 21 August 2013 00:00

West should help stop bloodshed in Egypt

For Egyptians, the Arab spring has turned into an Arab nightmare.

Death and destruction, massacres and the imprisonment of political leaders are a daily occurrence while Britain and the US turn a blind eye.

After the Egyptian people threw out the dictator Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising, they held elections.

The Muslim Brotherhood, having joined the democratic process, won the popular vote.

Did the US and Britain thank the Muslim Brotherhood for giving up violence? No.

Instead they spread the seeds of dissent, encouraging hundreds of thousands to take to the streets in protest.

The Egyptian army stood by and watched before then staging a coup, arresting President Mohammed Morsi and killing off democracy.

So once again, the US government has blood on its hands.

They funded the Egyptian army and the corrupt military generals would not have dared move without their approval.

But we in the West can still salvage something from the chaos through some simple steps, starting with ending our tacit recognition of the military-led interim government.

Second, Barack Obama has to recognise that the coup was illegal and to stop funding the generals, while the flow of arms to the Egyptian military must also be stopped.

Finally we need to impose economic sanctions just as we have imposed them on Iran.

We must act now and stop the killing in our quest for a democratic Middle East.

We may then stop the Brotherhood from reverting to the tactics of terror and violence.

Ray Davies

Bedwas

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