The Brenner Brief - On Monday, supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi threatened to storm the embassies of nations “that assisted or supported the military coup.” Specifically threatened with a terrorist attack were the embassies of the U.S. and Israel as well as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The threat was conveyed by a speaker at the “Million-Man March” in Cairo today staged by the “National Alliance in Support of Electoral Legitimacy” – otherwise known as Egypt’s Islamist bloc dominated by Ikhwan al-Muslimoun (Muslim Brotherhood). There was no mention of the threat on the Brotherhood website. Ikhwan said the rally was a commemoration of the “Massacre of Worshippers,” its term for its armed engagementwith Egyptian soldiers on Monday 8 July near the compound where Morsi was believed to be incarcerated.
Ironically, U.S. Embassy Cairo opened its doors today for the first time in two weeks to learn of the threat and welcome Deputy Secretary of State William Burns. State Department’s #2 was there to meet with representatives of the interim government and pro- and anti-Morsi factions to encourage yet another “transition … to an inclusive, democratically elected civilian government.” Read in browser