Real Problems in Egypt: Near Famine Not Stopping Stubborn Militancy

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 18:17 PM
August 2, 2013

egypt-massacre-2    Perhaps pro-Morsi supporters threatening chaos in Egypt’s streets do not realize how close the nation came to starvation.  An ex-Mursi aide now admits that through bad political management the Muslim Brotherhood leader was down to two months’ supply of wheat, and Mursi had cancelled all other wheat shipments.

Maggie Fick and Ehab Farouk write in ‘Halting Egypt’s Wheat Imports was Mursi’s Biggest Mistake’ that deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi erred when stopping wheat imports.

Mohamed Abu Shadi, Egypt’s new minister of supplies, says that Mursi’s inexperienced food minister made “incorrect calculations . . . based on guesses, not on facts.” Abu Shadi concludes these errors brought Mursi’s government down.

Those wrong calculations caused Mursi to cut the nation’s wheat imports by 10 percent last April.  Egypt is the world’s biggest wheat importer buying some 10 million tons a year.  But, according to the April 3rd Daily Star:

“. . . two years of political turmoil and economic crisis have eroded hard currency reserves at a rate of about $1 billion a month, raising questions about Egypt’s ability to purchase in open tenders.”

Yet a month later, Daily News Egypt wrote that President Mohamed Mursi planned to achieve self sufficiency in wheat production within four years. Experts said this was impossible.  One explained:  “the land allocated for agriculture is limited, so increasing production will be limited as well.”

By mid-July, ousted former Minister of Supplies Bassem Ouda finally admitted only a two month supply of wheat was left in Egypt’s coffers. 84 million people in Egypt depend on imported bread to live.  Along with Ouda’s confession, Reuters quotes U.N. Food officials that Egypt faces food security concerns.

Now, rather than admit Mursi’a failed leadership, his followers would rather fill their nation’s streets with blood: “We r-EGYPT-large570will protect our President Mursi with our necks. We are all willing to sacrifice our necks and souls for him,” Brotherhood General Guide Mohammed Badie told hundreds of thousands of demonstrators at Cairo’s Rabaa Mosque recently.  So what they want is war and starvation?

Like politicians in the U.S. often find, to campaign for high office is one thing, but to govern a nation is another. Officials should be appointed to positions ––such as food and agriculture––based on their expertise, not political allegiances.

Hopefully, the interim military government can hold them in check.  If not, Egypt will not have bread or peace. Such foolishness is what the forces of evil want.  As Christian non-fiction prophecy books forecast, Satan’s rider cries:

“And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine (Revelation 6:5 – 5).” Famine indeed!

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