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Egyptian second revolution

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The recent ?Second Revolution? in Egypt cannot be ignored as a simple coup d?état by the military, but rather a direct response by the military to the demands of the Egyptian people. On June 30, 2013 over 20 million Egyptians took to the streets to protest the Muslim Brotherhood?s iron grip over Egypt. Similar to the revolution of January 2011, the Egyptian people exercised their right to self-determination by ousting a corrupt government bent on imposing a fanatic agenda that ignored the human rights, subjugated women, and promoted religious intolerance.

The Obama administration and Senator John McCain have labeled this ouster a military coup d?état and accordingly want to suspend all aid to Egypt, but Egyptians both in America and outside do not hold this view. The military did not seek power for itself but immediately turned power over to the head of the Egyptian Supreme Court as Interim President and called for Parliamentary and Presidential election within a six-months. Suspending aid at this critical time will only damage the Egyptian economy and punish the Egyptian people. As President Obama said after the Revolution of 2011 ?There are very few moments in our lives where we have the privilege of witnessing history taking place. This is one of those moments. ? The people of Egypt have spoken [and] their voices have been heard.?

We call upon the Obama administration and Senator McCain to understand the plight of the Egyptian people and to continue to encourage the democratic process in Egypt and throughout the Middle East by honoring and supporting the voices of the people. Fostering democracy in nations, like Egypt, that have long been subjugated by corrupt rulers and divided by religious intolerance is a slow and arduous process but continued support of the Egyptian people at this crucial time will ultimately serve the interests of the United States and its allies in the region.

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