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Anti-Americanism soars in Egypt, both sides blame Obama

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Both pro-Morsi and anti-Morsi factions in Egypt are blaming President Obama for fomenting the violence that is rending the nation apart, prompting his “lead from behind” style of politicking to come back and bite him in the behind.

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Each side of the takeover accuses Obama of supporting the other. As a result, much of the venom is directed at the U.S. president rather than the opposing faction’s leadership, ramping up anti-American sentiments like never before, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The pro-Morsi crowd calls Obama a hypocrite for claiming he supports democracy when he doesn’t support Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected leader.

“The morals of America are not being reflected in their politics toward Egypt,” said Sharif Hegazy, 37, a Cairo businessman. “Because of its past support for [deposed President Hosni] Mubarak, America has always been seen as a veiled enemy. Now they are just waiting to see which side will win. That’s not ethical. The U.S. should support the election.”

Morsi’s supporters say the Obama administration never wholly backed the Morsi election because of his Muslim Brotherhood roots. Many even believe the United States was behind the Wednesday night change of power.

“It was part of the U.S. plot to support Morsi so that the people would turn against him,” Sheik Abdel Khalea Fahmi said.

The anti-Morsi crowd also distrusts Obama, according to the Times:

Just a few miles away in Tahrir Square, anti-Morsi protesters insist the U.S. is on the ousted president’s side, just as Washington supported Mubarak. They have been holding up signs reading “Obama supports terrorism” and pictures of U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson with an “X” mark.

Now many of the young Egyptians whom Obama tried to reach out to in his landmark 2009 speech here view the U.S. president as a hypocrite.

“America is using the Muslim Brotherhood to impose the kind of order they want to create a new Middle East, which would guarantee Israel’s security and U.S. interests,” law student Ahmed Salam told the Times. “The U.S. isn’t listening to the people.”

Much of the anti-Americanism is directed at U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson, who stirred the pot by noting that Morsi was democratically elected by the people of Egypt. She also said she was “deeply skeptical” of the demonstrations when they first flared in Tahrir Square.

“It’s not only about elections,” said Mohammed Farahat, 27, an advertising account manager, according to the Times. “Hitler was elected too. It bothers me that the U.S. presents itself as a peacemaker, but then they support a fascist regime like Morsi’s.”

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