Our record shows distorted values
THE Egyptian army deposed an elected leader and assumed power, a process that most people would describe as a military coup. But President Obama has chosen to interpret it as something else and continues with massive military aid.
Britain's record shows the same distorted sense of values. Between January and March of this year licences were granted for the export of £45 million worth of military equipment consisting largely of components for military helicopters.
Small arms were also supplied and may well have been used to shoot some of the 500 demonstrators who died. The UK has continued to supply arms since the coup and Egypt is likely to be invited to send a delegation to the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London in September for further supplies.
Of course, President Morsi was biased and undemocratic in his exercise of power but the continued influx of weapons only makes it more likely that Egypt will degenerate into the kind of civil war that is destroying Syria.
Britain should impose an embargo on the supply of any more military equipment and withdraw any invitation to the Egyptian generals to attend the DSEI exhibition.
That would be at least a sign that we want the people of Egypt to resolve their differences without further bloodshed.