Monday, January 28, 2013

Why Does Egypt Require F-16s?


The proposed sale of advanced F-16 fighters to Egypt increasingly concerns me. Here is the text of an e-mail that I have send my U.S. Senators, Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer:
Dear Senators Boxer and Feinstein: Why does Egypt require advanced fighters such as the F-16? Egypt does not face a a military threat from any of its neighbors that would require advanced fighters. The U.S. and NATO provide sufficient air protection for Egypt from an attack by Iran. The only potential use of those aircraft is against Israel. Israel wants to preserve peace with Egypt and would never initiate an attack on Egypt. Therefore the only conceivable purpose for Egypt to have F-16s is to attack Israel. While President Morsi to date has not repudiated the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty, he has on several occasions declared his support for the ultimate goal of Israel's destrution and openly supports Hamas, with its program of eradication of the Jewish State. Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, like Hamas, have declared that hatred of Jews is justified and that the Jewish people should be elimninated. For the sake of the security of the United States and Israel, and for Middle East peace, please oppose this sale in the Senate. Thank you.
If you disagree, and see a reason why Egypt requires F-16s, other than to use against Israel, please let me know. However, if you agree with me, please write your Senators and member of Congress, and request that they oppose the sale of F-16s to Egypt.

Update January 30,2013:  UPI reports that an Egyptian state news official stated Sunday that the Holocaust was a hoax perpetrated by the United States during World War II.  As reported by UPI:
"The myth of the Holocaust is an industry that America invented," said Fathi Shihab-Eddim, a senior figure close to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi responsible for appointing the editors of all state-run newspapers. "U.S. intelligence agencies in cooperation with their counterparts in allied nations during World War II created [the Holocaust] to destroy the image of their opponents in Germany, and to justify war and massive destruction against military and civilian facilities of the Axis powers, and especially to hit Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the atomic bomb."
Shihab-Eddim went on to say that the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust actually emigrated secretly to the United States.

Tell me again why we want to sell F-16s to these people?

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