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Local Professor States His View on America's Involvement in Egyptian Turmoil

The death toll rises rapidly as Egypt's unrest continues. A PSU professor says it's time for the United States to step back to help lessen the violence.
PITTSBURG, KS.--- "It's getting very dangerous," said Dr. Stephen Harmon, PSU History Professor. 

Political unrest in Egypt has claimed more than 1,000 lives in the last few days. It's a fight between ousted President Mohamed Morsy supporters, the interim military government and Egyptians wanting a democracy. A Pittsburg State University history professor says the United States is adding fuel to the fire.

"I think it's time for the United States to pull the military funding, suspend the military funding until some kind of a program is put in place by the military government for a return to constitutional rule," said Dr. Harmon. 

Dr. Harmon says that's the short term solution.

"Muslim brotherhood is blaming America for supporting the military, which they kind of are with the funding. The government is blaming the United States for supporting Morsi. The people are blaming the United States for not doing more to support real democracy," said Dr. Harmon. 

He says the United States must have a long term solution, and that's having more allegiance toward Egypt and the Arab Nation.

"They see that the U.S. real alliance is with Israel not Egypt, and their resentful about that and the United States like the Britain before it, fails to recognize center role of Islamic culture and religion," said Dr. Harmon. 

President Obama suspended the U.S. military's role in joint training with the Egyptian military last Thursday, but has refused to cut off the 1.3 billion dollars in military aid. The European Union is meeting Wednesday to discuss cutting their funding to Egypt.

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