Aid to Egypt Makes Sense

A number of us at Stand for Israel disagree with this piece. But it’s author, Max Boot, is a serious analyst whose opinion we respect and SFI isn’t interested in being merely an echo chamber. Boot’s central thesis is that Egypt’s economy will collapse without cash support from the U.S. and that such instability will create more radicalism and more terrorism.

But ask yourself this: Is Egypt likely to produce more or fewer terrorists if its economy collapses? The question answers itself, and to the extent that an emergency infusion of cash from the U.S. and IMF can tide over the Egyptian economy for a while, it is likely to promote stability and deter the potential radicalization of Egyptian youth. It may even buy time for the new Muslim Brotherhood government to implement some of the free-market reforms it promised during the campaign, if it is so inclined and if it can overcome intense internal resistance from many sectors including the army.

Read the entire article here, in Commentary.

 

Photo: Flickr/ AhmadHammoud

 


Author: Stand For Israel | October 2, 2012
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What do you think?

  • Creswell
    October 8, 2012
    5:01 pm
     

    We are paying for the decision we made in 2008,they
    should pay for their decision in 2012.By God’s help
    we will recoup.Maybe by Allah’s help they will recoup
    too.We are still struggling.No more mon

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  • Aliza
    October 6, 2012
    8:23 pm
     

    The Egyptian can take of the themselves. They don’t nedd babysitter.

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  • John
    October 3, 2012
    5:56 am
     

    Yeah, I don’t believe America needs to feed the mouth that intends to eat us.

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    • shirley
      October 3, 2012
      1:36 pm
       

      Stop all aid to these terrorist countries or those who help them. We need to concentrate on our own country. Stop these wars & bring our troops home. America is broke, the well has run dry

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  • Alex
    October 3, 2012
    5:28 am
     

    Let it collapse! We build a new Egypt. You donot stop terrorists by giving them more money. Inturn you get insults, terror etc,see Pakistan. Egyptians have choosen the path of war and radicalism in voting for the so called Muslim brotherhood.

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  • sandra
    October 2, 2012
    10:24 pm
     

    An infusion of cash to Egypt may help them internally however, it will do nothing to change their thinking overall. The leaders there must want peace and take measures to maintain peace.

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  • Dan C
    October 2, 2012
    9:38 pm
     

    He’s dreaming. The Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization whose aims include the Islamization of the world and the destruction of Israel. Giving them anything without strings, nay ROPES attached is foolish! I’d agree to direct aid such as food and medical suplies, only with the clear understanding they reduce their military. Help them with industry and jobs but demand they not be involved in one more attack on Israel or act of terror anywhere. Even then I’d have grave reservations, but since we seem hell-bent on wasting money on Muslim states …

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  • Beth
    October 2, 2012
    8:30 pm
     

    I really think we need to stop giving money to terrorist run countries. I might not be the smartest person in the world but really I think giving money to people or countries that hate us, is causing America to become the laughing stock of the world and you don’t have to be a genius to figure it that out.

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  • Henry
    October 2, 2012
    7:51 pm
     

    Max Boot is naive, blind and relies solely on rational thinking. Dealing with the MB is dealing with deeply irrational religious fanatics who try to fake moderation.

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  • tERRIE
    October 2, 2012
    7:50 pm
     

    No money should be given to anyone to buy their Friendship. Itis going to be the same either way they hate us. Why give money so they can buy more guns and aminition to kill other people

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  • Kim
    October 2, 2012
    7:17 pm
     

    I would not give the murdering back stabbers a damn dime!!!! Beside the US does NOT have it!!! Tired of giving to regimes that want to kill us and the people of Israel! They are of their Father THE DEVIL!

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  • Jeff
    October 2, 2012
    6:11 pm
     

    These so called people have already bitten the hand that helped free them. And the hand the will feed them. Its time to let the muslim countrys fend for there own. Why are the oil rich muslim countrys lets one another go straight into the toilets. ?????? wake up dont waste a dime on these idiots.Make them swear a peace pact w/ the world for money if they need help so badly.

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  • Doreen
    October 2, 2012
    5:38 pm
     

    THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO STOP AIDING MUSLIM COUNTRIES! EVEN WITH US HELP IT WILL NOT REDUCE MUSLIM TERRORISTS IN EGYPT…

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  • K.C.
    October 2, 2012
    4:32 pm
     

    I couldn’t agree more with this line of thinking. This attitude is right in keeping with Y’shua’s commandment to love our enemies and bless those who curse us. It shows me that it is possible for good to come of it.

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  • Rob
    October 2, 2012
    4:20 pm
     

    Well, you can count me among those who “disagree” with this piece, to put it mildly.

    Egypt’s economy contracted 20% in the first year after Mubarak was overthrown, an event enthusiastically supported by the U.S. under Obama, and their economy wasn’t very good before that, either. Israel has given up on buying natural gas from Egypt; not a month can go by without the pipeline between the two being blown up by saboteurs. I guess the Moslem Brotherhood leaders of Egypt today figure they can still somehow feed their people without tourism – their #1 industry pre-revolution – and without gas revenues from Israel.

    We don’t have enough money to give them to prevent their economy from collapsing. The aid we are talking about simply won’t be enough. They’ll hate us no matter what, they’ll betray us no matter what. We are FOOLS to be giving them ANYTHING.

    They can lie in the Islamist bed they’ve made for themselves in Egypt. They screw with us, we pound them. They screw with Israel, we back Israel while THEY pound them. They are too broke and starving to fight a serious war in any event.

    If Obama is defeated in the election, I say we deport him to Egypt. That would be fair.

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  • Retta
    October 2, 2012
    3:47 pm
     

    No money should be sent to Egypt from the U.S. until they cease and desist from any more terror against us. This money comes from the ones they’re killing here with our taxes. I can’t make any sense out of this at all. Will money stop the terror? I don’t think so!!!! Standing with boldness may make them think that just maybe we can’t be milk fooled any more!!!!

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  • Pastricia
    October 2, 2012
    3:31 pm
     

    Amercia can not keep sending money to Egypt. They just turn around and kill our people. There will never change. Why doesn’t Obama and Clinton help the United States of Amercia. This will never end.

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  • Rodney
    October 2, 2012
    2:48 pm
     

    The new leader of Egypt has called for the cancellation on the Peace Treaty with Israel. If money is to be given to Muslims it must be under the stipulation that the Peace Treaty will NOT BE CANCELLED AND TO STAY IN EFFECT! Also, arrest and convictions must be made in the fire bombing of our Embassy! Remember, in years past the Muslim Brotherhood has called for the destruction of not only Israel but also our own country, the USA.

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  • Aaron
    October 2, 2012
    2:02 pm
     

    Let all the Mid East countries that hate the 2 main and actually the only 2 real democracys on earth fail in their hatred for us and Israel. It reminds me of a boil, which has to be broken open and cleansed to be rid of it and its corruption. No More American dollars to be missused for warfare against Israel, or terrorism against the free world. If they attack answer in a way that discourages any more attacks from anyone with a shred of sanity.

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  • d
    October 2, 2012
    2:02 pm
     

    I dont agree with this for a minute. America is in time of financial trouble because of the current leadership and all foreign aid needs to stop. America is borrowing money to give to other countries and the other countries are not going to pay it back once their situation improves. They certainly dont care about what is happening in America and I really dont care what happens there. The recent embassay attacks prove how the Egyptian people feel about Americans and America and they dont deserve one red cent. America is responsible for the American people and Egypt is responsible for her people and other countries are responsible for theirs. I am sick and tired of America giving aide to other countries and then them hating us and threatening us with every breath. They can all be poor and without aid becuase they are already all radical against America and I dont think they deserve to be paid for that and their radical feelings. They can sink or swim just like the rest of us have to.

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  • Dawn
    October 2, 2012
    2:00 pm
     

    The United States is bankrupt.
    In debt it will never get out of.
    We have helped countries over the
    years, but now we are in a position
    to try and get our country back on its
    feet.

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  • Johny
    October 2, 2012
    1:55 pm
     

    Well Me my Self I am Very Happy,All the Enemy of State Israel,all Country if Collapsing For ever,that is great News For me…thanks “God”Fight our Enemy this way.Even Disappear The Earth For Ever….

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  • Francesca
    October 2, 2012
    1:31 pm
     

    YES also help Syria !!!!

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  • Terry
    October 2, 2012
    1:17 pm
     

    I will not support any country that is anti-christ. If they all would fall to their knees and call out to God Jesus Christ with contrite hearts and asked to be saved, i just might help support them but not until. Jesus said to love our enemies and pray for them. I do love them but NOT their actions and they must come to Christ.

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  • D.
    October 2, 2012
    1:05 pm
     

    I find it interesting that Mr. Boot’s article identifies the United States as the source for aid to Egypt. I especially find it interesting from the standpoint that Russia has, traditionally, been viewed as Egypt’s main source for assistance in the past. This continues to demonstrate to me, at least, that the former-Communist bloc countries have been, and continue to be, only fair-weather “friends”.

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  • Rebecca
    October 2, 2012
    12:44 pm
     

    I disagree funding them is stupid for the simple reason it will never be enough. Really how many deals do we have to make just to keep them happy. Since when can America afford this, oh print more lol

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  • Malcom
    October 2, 2012
    12:41 pm
     

    Yup makes great sense??? A gov and people that would love to see America burn.
    This entire Egyptian economy lays at the feet of the Egyptians not Americans. It was the Egyptians voting in the muslim brootherhood. They should have thought about what company would even think about moving into our country to create jobs????? NONE or the tourism of who most are???? Western. How many are going to Egypt now? with a pro destroy Israel and pro defeat the west.
    But Nop Obama knew better and Clinton with this is a great Arab spring. But now we have to spend billions in Egypt. Billions that are Americans tax money that they can’t afford. $16 trillion and counting. Sorry makes sense. NO it’s crazy

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  • Peewee
    October 2, 2012
    12:28 pm
     

    Yeah, pay them their protection money.

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  • jeb
    October 2, 2012
    12:10 pm
     

    The commentaries answer the article so I will recap, one there is no direct link between terrorism and poverty. Between poverty and crime Two when has the USA ever been able to buy friendship?

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