I join one such conversation, in a corner coffee parlor, above which an Egyptian flag proudly waves. "The Americans are threatening to cut the aid if our army doesn't do what they want? Let them," announced the owner to his customers.
"It's better to seal a deal with China and get all we need. Money for development, arms. America is finished anyway. How do they allow themselves to object to the will of the Egyptian people? The Egyptian people decide their own fate, not Washington. Obama wants to have the Muslim Brotherhood rule over all the Middle East."