Back in July, an Egyptian judge confirmed the death sentence against former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi. The court characterized Morsi’s year in office as a “black night” before proclaiming that “the dawn of human conscience arrived” in the wake of the military coup that removed him.
The amusing thing about those comments is that Morsi came to power on the heels of another period which supposedly marked a new dawn (or, more accurately, a new “spring”) for the country.
Morsi, whose Muslim Brotherhood has been branded a terrorist organization by now-President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, assumed the Presidency in 2012 after Hosni Mubarak was toppled a year earlier during the Arab Spring. Morsi would himself become the target of mass protests after issuing a decree granting himself special powers — the unrest would ultimately end in the military assuming power in July of 2013 in an infamous (maybe)-coup.
In short, the US was effectively forced to abandon its support for one despot (Mubarak) after the Arab Spring ushered in a successor despot (Morsi) in what were hailed as the first democratic elections in Egypt’s history.
In the wake of the military counter-coup, Washington was again left with little choice but to support a new Egyptian President, this time in the form of former military commander and the Mubarak regime’s head of military intelligence, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who was inaugurated in June of last year. Shortly after his inauguration, al-Sisi got a visit from John Kerry, who, as WSJ noted at the time, “voiced strong U.S. support for Egypt’s new president and signaled that Washington will continue the flow of military aid in an American welcome of the post-coup government.”
That military aid now amounts to some $1.3 billion per year and is aimed at – you guessed it – fighting “terrorism” which Egypt