Kerry’s pro-army remarks stir controversy in US, Egypt

The Egyptian Armed Forces are bringing democracy back to their country, US Secretary of State John Kerry declared on Wednesday.

“And those kids in Tahrir Square, they were not motivated by any religion or ideology,” Kerry said in statements published on the US Department of State website.

“They were motivated by what they saw through this interconnected world, and they wanted a piece of the opportunity and a chance to get an education and have a job and have a future.”

According to the American official, the Egyptian people created the revolution through Facebook and Twitter because they were through with the corrupt government, but “then it [revolution] got stolen by the one single-most organized entity in the state, which was the Brotherhood.”

Some analysts say Kerry’s statements mark a rift within the White House as President Barack Obama’s administration continues to struggle to find a cohesive stance on Egypt. According to an article in the Daily Beast, Kerry was told by the National Security Adviser Susan Rice to take a firm position on deposed President Mohamed Morsi’s trial, which he seems to have ignored in these remarks.

“[Kerry] made a deliberate and conscious decision not to mention Morsi in his Cairo meetings,” a US government official told the Daily Beast.

The statement angered certain parties in Egypt. Amr Darrag, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, said on Thursday that Kerry’s remarks were proof that the US government supported the “coup” that ousted Morsi, and is trying to abort the revolutionary movements sweeping the region since the 2011 Arab Spring, reported the Turkish Anadol news agency.

Darrag added that Kerry has no right to meddle in Egypt’s internal affairs, and by no means could he tell who started the January 25 revolution, and who stole it.

“The role of the Brotherhood is evident in all phases of the revolution,” Darrag added.  

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