Egyptian Military Scapegoats US for Its Own Crimes

How many are the lies that Egypt’s military regime has forwarded concerning its role in attacking and killing Egyptian demonstrators since it usurped power a year ago?

Video of Egyptian soldiers beating, kicking, and stripping female "entirely fake"?

There were, for instance, the lies concerning the Maspero massacre, where the military slaughtered Christian Copts who were protesting the constant attacks on their churches.

Despite all the video evidence that the military ran armored-vehicles over Copts (apparently now removed by YouTube), the military regime insisted that it would “never, never” run over civilians; that the very idea was “impossible, impossible!” It even showed a video of a military-vehicle running amok, claiming it was hijacked by Coptic protesters (it was later revealed that an Egyptian soldier was, in fact, inside driving).

More recently, Mohamad Tantawi, the head of the military—and de facto head of Egypt—said that the widely circulated video of soldiers beating, stripping, and kicking a female protester is “entirely fake“—a ludicrous assertion, even if Jimmy Carter supports it.

Who is the latest victim to be scapegoated for the military’s crimes against its own citizenry? None other than the U.S.A.

Ongoing accusations that American officials were involved in killing Egyptian civilians have prompted the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to deny it through a January 27 press release:

As we have stated in previous press releases, there is absolutely no truth to reports that U.S. embassy employees or diplomats were involved in hit-and-run incidents using U.S. diplomatic vehicles, injuring or killing protestors in January 2011 in Cairo. There is also no truth to statements alleging that the keys inside U.S. diplomatic vehicles are coded and can only be used by U.S. Embassy employees. On January 28, 2011, however, a number of our U.S. Embassy vehicles were stolen. After these vehicles were stolen, we heard reports of their use in violent and criminal acts. If true, we deplore these acts and the perpetrators. Egyptian authorities have conducted an investigation that has led to the recovery of some of these stolen vehicles.

Who is behind these accusations? The military? As mentioned, it did make similar accusations against Coptic protesters, saying they hijacked and manned the military-vehicles that ran over fellow Copts at Maspero—only to be exposed as lying by Al Dalil.

Image of U.S. embassy vehicle running over Egyptian protesters, Jan. 2011.

While it is not altogether clear who is behind these accusations—this report indicates a lawyer of a former Egyptian official being tried, while older reports mention “communiqués”—it is, of course, the military regime that stands to gain by this latest case of blaming the other.


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  • Yeshayahu Goldfeld

    Where there are Arab political statements there are lies , and vice versa.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      No. not really. Indeed, not all Christian Arab statements are lies, although you have to be careful because they may be coerced into lying by Muslims.

  • Maher

    Spring, winter, the Arab world is a huge cloaca, an all-seasons one!

  • ApolloSpeaks


    On top of the budding hostage crisis involving Sam LaHood Egypt's despotic military regime now accuses Americans of murdering Egyptian civilians-running protesters over in hit and run attacks with embassy cars for sport. The message from Field Marshal Tantawi (Egypt's supremo) to our weak, pathetic, incompetent president, and his Secretary of State, is crystal clear:

    'You have enough on your plate with Syria, Pakistan, Iran and the Taliban, and an economy in crisis. You don't need trouble from us. Play ball and give us that $1 billion in aid and we won't give you nightmares about election day.'

    Obama stupidly took ownership of the Egyptian Spring and now he's paying the price.

    Click my name to read more on this subject.

  • Marty

    There is something terribly wrong here. Why are the egyptian leaders not blaming Israel? After all, anything that goes wrong in egypt has to be the fault of the nefarious Jews and their agents. Anyway, we now know that there was never an "arab spring." Rather, we are observing the usual political process in the islamic world in which one group of thugs overthrows another and takes power. We'll get to watch this again in a decade or two. But in no case will legitimate democracy and respect for human rights be installed. That is simply beyone a demented political and religious culture that only respects violence and systematic brutality. And it will only get worse: according to experts, egypt is running out of food and money to import it.

    • Yeshayahu Goldfeld

      There is already at least one voice in the Egyptian parliament blaming Israel,America and Mubarak for the massacres.

  • Ghostwriter

    Why am I not surprised they're doing this?

  • johnnywoods

    Instead of a press release denying these incidents this "joke" of a government should just release a statement saying that ALL further military aide is cut off permanently. I realize that that would be a tall order for "der Fearless Leader" but it might cause him to look a little less the buffoon that he is.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Murder and mayhem continue on a daily basis while Christians flee and Egypt
    becomes less and less a place to offer a gracious welcome to visitors. I will
    not be vacationing in Cairo any time soon, come to think of it, it never occured
    to me to do so…………………………..

    How proud Egyptians must be of their military beating women with clubs,
    what bravery and to think we pay for this, my tax dollar must not go for
    this cowardly evil…………………………..William