- Posted September 8, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Are chemical weapons a ‘red line’?
Syria through Egyptian Eyes
Even after Morsi's removal, this incident, along with the staunch support by himself, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other hardline Islamist groups of the Syrian opposition has colored Egyptian public opinion on the situation in the troubled country. While Egyptians - government and people alike - stand against the use of chemical weapons by either party (against all the violence being committed in Syria, in fact), they agree with EU officials in wanting to wait for a UN report before any action is taken. Flashbacks of how no WMD's were found in Iraq push many to discredit the claims of Assad using chemical weapons, and the violence witnessed from Islamist groups in Egypt, both in and out of power, is causing many to believe that what is seen as a mostly Islamist opposition is framing the regime while committing the inhumane actions themselves.
While some countries seem to be in a hurry to intervene in Syria, many Egyptians are now agreeing with the country's official stance of waiting on an independent report by the UN on the alleged chemical weapons attack. What that report will reveal, and how Egyptians will react to it, still remains anyone's guess; until then, however, any intervention is seen by people in Egypt as premature and dependent on unconfirmed intelligence.