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An unsettled, Islamist Egypt threatens U.S. national security

President Obama appears ready this week to reinstate $1.5 billion in military aid to Egypt. The International Monetary Fund, with a nod from the U.S., is negotiating a $3.2 billion loan to bail out its broke rulers. Why?

The military remains in control, but recent elections gave the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist parties a majority of seats in Egypt's parliament. Major changes are coming.

The Brotherhood's motto: "Allah is our objective, the Quran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader, Jihad is our way, and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations."

Remember this next time you hear the Brotherhood described as "moderates" by the U.S. media.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to reopen the aid spigot to Egypt — aid that someday soon might be used in a war against Israel or to close the Suez Canal to oil traffic.

Secretary Clinton, under a law Congress passed last year, is required to certify that Egypt is making progress on human rights. It isn't.

Egypt is important to our Mideast policy. It straddles the Suez Canal, through which much of the world's oil and goods travel.

But should we reward either the bad behavior of Egypt's military regime or the anti-Western policies and statements of its parliament? These are the real dangers to U.S. national security.

Benedict Frederick Jr., Pasadena

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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