Sunday afternoon, the ancient streets of Alexandria flowed with red. But the red was not the blood of violence, it was the red pulp and juice of tomatoes, as Egyptians got the rare opportunity to let the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton, know exactly how they felt.
As the Clinton motorcade passed, crowds pelted them with tomatoes, shoes and bottles, while chants of Monica! Monica! filled the air.
In the middle east there can be no more powerful sign of disrespect than to throw a shoe at someone. When your motorcade is showered with shoes, it is a bad omen.
But to add insult to injury, Egyptians went even farther to show anger and contempt by bringing up a painful experience for the Secretary of State. Monica Lewinsky was the young intern with whom her husband had an affair with. The subsequent scandal and impeachment almost lead to the end of Bill Clinton's Presidency.
Although HillaryClinton was secure inside her armored car, there was no way she could have missed the anger of the crowd that was directed at her.
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If you only get your information and news from the main stream media, you probably haven't heard about this incident and probably won't. Perhaps, the main stream media feels negative foreign policy news this close to our Presidential election, might have an impact......on the Obama administration. Of course a shoe throwing incident occurred to President Bush during a press conference in Iraq. An Iraqi journalist threw just two shoes at the President, but the video was replayed on the main networks thousands of times.
The attack on her motorcade came after Clinton emphasized Washington is staying out of Egypt’s internal affairs. "I want to be clear that the United States is not in the business, in Egypt, of choosing winners and losers, even if we could, which of course we can't," she said at a the reopened U.S. consulate in Alexandria.
Earlier, Clinton met with Egypt’s top general, Hussein Tantawi and urged him to work with Egypt’s elected president, the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi.
But in a clear display of the power struggle that persists in Egypt following the election of the Muslim Brotherhoods's Morsi as President, General Tantawi made a defiant statement after meeting with Clinton. He said “the armed forces will not allow anyone, especially those pushed from the outside, to distract it from its role as the protector of Egypt."
Many Egyptians feel the United States made a secret deal with the Muslim Brotherhood and are supporting their total take over, after the Obama administration demanded that longtime President and US ally Hosni Mubarrak step down. The Muslim Brotherhood has stated in the past it wishes to bring a religious state to Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood is the ideological forebear of Hamas and al Qaeda.
Recent attacks on Christians in Egypt have lead to more than 100,000 Coptic Christians to flee their country, which has been their home for 2,000 years. This does not portend well for the future of an open secular society.
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