TULSA - Born and raised in Egypt, one Tulsa man has a lot to say about events in his native land.
Hatem al Ghazri has lived in Tulsa now for more than a decade.
He says he originally supported the "Arab Spring" revolution, but feels they made a critical mistake by not having a real leader chosen to run the country after Hosni Mubarak was booted from office.
"They wanted to change him and put somebody else in his place. Okay, I don't mind that since he's so bad, and not so good. So change him, and put somebody else good. So what they did is, they did the revolution, they wanted to change it, they wanted to kick him out, but they didn't have anybody to replace him."
The man lifted to the presidency in the wake of the initial revolution, Mohamed Morsi, served in office one year and three days before a second upheaval led the military to forcibly remove him from office and issue some 300 arrest warrants for his Muslim Brotherhood supporters.
He says Mosri didn't help his situation by making early missteps.
"I mean, the first thing he did, he tried to help the Palestinians. Which I don't have any problem with that, but if you're gonna help others at least try to help your own people first."
Al Ghazri says the root of the problem lies in trying to govern through religion.
"You can't control a whole entire country according to one specific religion. I'm Muslim, and I respect my religion, I respect my Islam. But you can't do that, especially in Egypt. You've got Christians, you've got Jews, you've got different other religions, even Hindus."
He says the Egyptian government tries to impose one set of rules on its citizens, based on Sharia law, and another on tourists -- upon whom the country relies heavily for tourist dollars.
That leaves Egyptians asking why tourists can drink alcohol, for example, while they're not allowed.
His message to his native country's leaders?
"Try to keep religion on the side. I mean religion has a very important role in everybody's life, but you've got over 700 different religions on Earth."