Egypts militære inngikk i april en hemmelig allianse med Det muslimske Brorskap og salafistene og har siden støttet islamistene med penger, mat og klær slik at de skal kunne kjøpe stemmer og vinne valget.
Det sier USAs tidligere ambassadør til Marokko, Marc Ginsberg, i en artikkel i Huffingtonpost.com. Han har informasjonen fra besøk i Egypt og samtaler med europeisk etterretning.
Tanken om at de militære og islamistene har inngått en uhellig allianse er ikke ny. Det nye er konkrete opplysninger om såkalte “slush funds”, som finansierer Brorskapet og salafistene.
Enda mer betenkelig er opplysninger om at de militære skal se gjennom fingrene med eller aktivit samarbeide med salafistene i deres angrep på kristne.
Det siste brutale angrepet på koptere i Kairo 20. oktober hadde noen sterkt foruroligende trekk som tydet på en slik militær deltakelse.
Skulle det stemme går kopterne en mørk fremtid i møte, og ikke bare kopterne, men Egypt som sådan.
The assistance takes the form of “walk around” money, clothing and food giveaways secretly funneled to the coffers of the Brotherhood’s front party -- the Freedom and Justice Party, the Construction and Development Party, as well as to allied Salafist Parties, including Al Nour, Al-Asalah, Al-Fadilah, Al Islah and others -- in a bid to buy votes and provide Islamist parties a military supported upper hand in the upcoming parliamentary elections..
The military leadership has not only channeled financial support to the Islamists, it has also secretly collaborated with Salafists who have attacked Copts throughout Egypt in a show of support for more punitive discriminatory acts against Egypt’s Coptic minority to curry further favor with Salafists.
Hundreds of Copts were attacked by unknown assailants en route to Cairo’s Tahrir Square on November 18th the second night of demonstrations this month while security forces stood by. This latest attack comes in the wake of October’s attack by the army which used live fire and drove military vehicles into a crowd of Copts protesting a rash of attacks on Copts and Coptic churches, killing 25 innocent protestors.
According to information obtained from a reliable European military intelligence source with whom I met in Turkey a few days ago, an emissary of The Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) met secretly with representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist oriented political movements last April to establish local political “action committee” bank accounts to funnel an underground supply chain of financial and commodity support to local Islamist political organizations throughout Egypt outside the prying eyes of Cairo-based media. Hundreds of local Islamist political organization chapters throughout Egypt have been buying votes courtesy of military provided financial and food handouts.
While it is impossible to determine the exact extent of the financial, clothing and food transfers, I was told by a prominent Egyptian journalist who is trying to uncover the magnitude of the payouts that it amounts to “millions of dollars.” The military is not the sole source of funds to Islamists parties, which are also receiving funds from Egyptian businessmen trying to buy favor with the likely winners of Egypt’s parliamentary elections, and charitable donations from wealthy Saudis.