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He also talked to them in the military political parties including the Muslim Brotherhood he's a fellow at the Washington institute and Eric joins me now -- thank you very much for being.
Here and let me just start I know -- had conversations even today with some of your sources in Egypt and I'd -- to hear.
With what you're getting from them as they are right there in the middle of all this.
Look what you have a needed right now is persistence civil strife there are classes in the streets.
Between the Muslim brother in security forces.
In many egyptians are not leading their homes in part due to curfew and in part due to violence.
Of course you have attacks on journalists including.
-- some of whom are our friends of mine.
There's -- a very deep anti western sentiment in Egypt right now so it's just very Hoss file and frankly deadly environment.
-- the president said the United States is not taking sides but but -- we really taken aside when we.
Demanded that Mubarak stepped down and then Baez suggesting that the current government.
Invite the Muslim Brotherhood that come -- sit down -- and make nice and have talks and hey you know that's not realistic.
Well I I totally agree with you that calling for negotiations between the military and the group just removed from power was completely unrealistic.
And frankly a total waste of US influence our influence should -- focused squarely.
On on just trying to -- the get the military to let the brother protest does frank released today and otherwise -- the rest of the country forward but.
These attacks in the brother it's protests will inflame things -- frankly spread of violence around the major cities and I think we can expect things to get much worse because the military's decision here.
Eric one of the reasons that it appears that the brotherhood was thrown out of power along with Morrissey.
Was there brutal handling of the secularist of women.
And -- -- -- of Christians in Egypt we're not here and a lot about that how come.
Yeah I don't know why and and I think you raise -- very important point over fifty churches have been attacked.
In the past few days now I think it's important to emphasize -- they've been attacked but these charges are also not being protected by the police -- by the state.
So that also you know raises some question marks but.
You're correct that this uprising against -- -- in the could do was really response to the Muslim -- -- attempt to consolidate total power for itself.
A lot of Americans are maybe wondering why why does this matter to me -- -- Egypt is halfway around the world I don't have any interest in what's going on in Egypt so explain.
There is a connection.
We'll look Egypt is the most populous Arab country -- ninety million people to the heart of the Middle East.
Shares a border with our ally Israel as we've seen elsewhere in the Middle East if if any country becomes a total power vacuum.
That usually provides fertile ground for terrorists in just one thing I think is worth remembering that Egypt really does have a special place and Americans imagination.
It's in the Bible American study Atheros the ancient egyptians when we're in the sixth grade and that's why I think Egypt resonates more than say Tunisia or or even a place like Burma.
What we talk about you know events post Mubarak.
-- if you had advice to give to President Obama dealing with this crisis.
What counsel would you suggest to him.
What does say it and basically is keep your powder dry the bottom line is that right now the confidence in the brother in the military.
Is existential this is life and death for both of them.
And that kind of scenario isn't very hard to influence their behavior and I emphasize influenced them right now there may be a time when we will once again have the leverage and that's why I think we don't want to necessarily play the card of the military aid right now.
Eric thank you very much for joining us great to have you here in great insight.
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