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Dear Mr. Jeff

Reader comment on item: Intricacies of Egypt's Coup d'├ętat Explained
in response to reader comment: A stark situation

Submitted by Debanjan Banerjee (India), Jul 13, 2013 at 14:01

"Yes, Debanjan, I guess it does reflect a stark situation, the years of state-run economies, religious and gender discrimination, Islamic laws, tribalism and largely (carefully kept) illiterate populations, resulting in needing the West, in its death throes, to send billions of dollars every year to fend off starvation. "

My answer : It seems to me my Dear Jeff you are unaware of history. Yes the US has been providing say about $1.2 Billion . You know where they ended up right ? Most of the dollars went to the Egyptian military so that they could purchase junks like F-16-s as they just did three days ago.

The rest of the money often ends up with the fat cat NGO people working on the payroles of their company as well as CIA as part of the salaries.

So ultimately nothing reaches the needy.

And talking about backwardness in the Arab world , Iraq in the 1970-s and even before 2003 was a much secure place to live in (at least for the Christian minority in that country). It was Mr. Bush who destroyed it and you must know he was not a highly educated holy man. Or was he ?

Saudi Arabia continues to behead people for crimes of "sorcery" but then even people like Daniel Pipes support these regimes.

So next time when you write bad things about the Muslim world you must be reminded about Daniel Pipes' himself support of the enlightened Saudi regime.

The Muslim world may not have the perfect models at this time of history but then again when it comes to unjust treatment of dissenters , the West is not too different. What about Assange , Manning and Snowden ???

You know every time an Islamophobe tells me the names of Ayan Hirsi Ali , Nonie Darwish , Walid Showbat or Salman Rushdi , I would say it is time to throw back at them these names Assange , Manning and Snowden.

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