I am surprised to see the US administration uttering ‘deep concern’ upon Iran’s nomination of a former hostage taker as its ambassador to the United Nations.- (1) Is this the same administration, that denies Egypt the right to defend itself against the Muslim brotherhood, a group, basically lead by political entrepreneurs who pursue a model of governance that contradicts the 21st century concept of democracy with their conservative and strictly authoritative structure?
In addition the US, like most other western governments still chose to ignore the Muslim brotherhoods inherent readiness for aggressive defense of their – for vast majorities of people – undesirable pursue. Until now still western governments officially acknowledge the brotherhood as a ‘democratic force’ despite that it is well known to the governments of both continents, that the brotherhood is hostile to ‘any-other-than-them-state’ and therefore operating with an underground affiliation [al-jihaaz al sirri = secret apparatus] that serves as their ‘military’ to be able to attack whatever is perceived as standing in their way.
While it is becoming a rhetorical question to ask whether the fact that the Muslim brotherhood, shortly after it had been founded in Egypt in 1928 as a response to the British presence with the aim ‘to take back the country from its foreign oppressors’ has built up a secret apparatus affiliated to the organization, might be unknown to the western powers and is still operating today: the stubborn denial of facts of Egypt’s formerly strongest allies it still is puzzling.
The Unites States and the European Union’s official politics – as perceivable by the public – follows a one-sided Egypt’s opposition narrative which is sustained by fabrications and exaggerations of ‘military-junta’ violence, cheerleadered by mostly the foreign press who eloquently takes side for the ‘suppressed freedom fighters’.
Those advocates for freedom willfully support ‘the freedom of violent demonstrations’ since hardly any protest comes without dead bodies and injured people. Acts of retaliation have become common motive to justify demonstrations in Egypt. The presence of any sort of weapons with pro-Morsi ‘freedom-fighters’ should make it hard for bystanders to condemn police brutality. – It’s been mostly overlooked.
That the Egyptian government has declared the Muslim brotherhood a terror organization is based on bomb attacks at police headquarters, deadly attacks on personnel of the security forces and key-witness in court trials, above all the battle against terrorist networks in the Sinai, to mention only the local relevance.
Only one example though there is more: Ayman El-Zawahiri, Egyptian citizen, together with al-Qaeda, wanted to create a sustained rebellion to support the fall of Egypt’s interim government. – In January 2014 Zawahiri directed a message “To our people in Sinai …. O’ tribes of goodness, and O’ paternal and maternal uncles: I ask Allah to grant you patience and reward you well for your patience before the aggression of the Americanized army of Sisi that conspires with Israel against you, and that Allah accept your martyrs and treat your wounded and hasten the release of your prisoners. I call upon you to offer sanctuary to your brothers the Muhajireen to you from the tyranny of the agent traitor Sisi. …” (2)
Even if mainstream journalism and most analysts have come down to produce a microcosmic contraction of facts to make their sponsors happy, that does not mean the fact submit to their depiction! According to most articles reporting on the countries struggle to attain normalcy, Egypt is in the hands of ‘a ‘bloodthirsty, power-greedy fascist junta’, inhabited – I speculate – by dumbass who need to be liberated?
Is it desirable, that angry students set Al-Azhar’s parking lot on fire over the death of two colleagues who had been shot dead in clashes, tear down wall, throw molotov cocktails and ?
Is it collateral damage in the course of ensuring ‘democracy’ that 442 police and security personal got killed since July 3rd?
“Who are these people who use Islam to pull us back into the dark ages?” asked the father of the young man who had been murdered through being thrown off a rooftop in Alexandria, while the ‘soldier of the righteous’ yelled ‘[ AllahuAkhbar (God is Great)]. Are these the people we want pushing global policy for a better world?
Do journalists feel morally superior thus will nod their heads in understanding thinking this is the ‘price of suppression’? -Their mind poisoning siding with forces they don’t know any tiny detail more about than the surface allows them to see is like nerve gas, crawling into the minds of the public, affecting all those whose ability to see more than mainstream media provides is painfully limited, while terrorist hit ‘only” a few.
Here is some bad news: once those cheering at the death of police officers and army members would be told to go after foreign journalists and kill them they wouldn’t hesitate for second to shot you! Like it happened in Afghanistan yesterday to the German photo-journalist Anja Niedrighaus. There seems to be no doubt that she and her press colleague had been solely targeted, their Afghan driver had been spared.-
Back to the beginning: after the Muslim brothers established themselves as ‘role models of moral and physical perfection’ with around 500.000 members, the organization aimed at institutionalizing the Shari3a. This step would grant ‘rebirth of the glorious days of Islam’ according to Hassan El-Banna, the founder of the Egyptian Muslim brotherhood, who ideologically clung closer to Qutb’s vision of politics: a realization of divine mandates, not a negotiated effort.
While the Brotherhood had always been banned upon crossing their limits and jeopardizing society as a whole, they found themselves sitting at the negotiation table with the King, with Nasr, with Sadat and eventually Mubarak. It seems that the brotherhood throughout the decades conveniently utilized their secret apparatus to blackmail the rulers through stirring violence, destruction and unrest, since the overwhelming majority of their followers were poverty stricken peasants who found their hopes of social benefits and justice nourished in the rhetoric of the group.
However the brotherhood always fell prey to their own hyperbolic overestimation. Membership campaigning didn’t always go either smooth or unnoticed; frequently aggressive confrontations evolved in ‘defending the course of peace, freedom and justice’. In Egypt in the 80’ies confrontation between ‘secular’ and ‘brotherhood baptized-youth’ went as far as leading the police to intervene, resulting in arrests and expulsions, coming with demonstrations which then made headlines and brought the religious issue to the press – which back then exaggerated the issue, that started to develop to a real threat in the 90’ies. The Muslim brotherhood has consistently offered Egypt’s leaders one of two choices: repress or be repressed.
With the downfall of the reign of the Brotherhood in June 2013 after one year of trial and error, a new interim government took over and the old pattern has changed.
Instead of the old ‘repressing’ games, the call of the General is for reversal of failed politics in the past. No tolerance to ideological extremism, no lenience with its perpetrators, no compliancy with political-blackmail!
What one should understand in this context: all terrorist groups are related one way or another to Muslim brotherhood. Banning them is an act of necessity since they pose a threat to the world. It would send the wrong signal not banning them. A recent study concluded: “Deterrence [of terrorism] by delegitimization aims to deter unwanted behavior by discrediting the perpetrators in the eyes of their supporters.” And that is what the Egyptian government with the GCC states [except Qatar] did.
In a historical move, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait joined Egypt in a united agreement to declare the Muslim brotherhood a terrorist organization.
In a surprise move disclosed on April 1st, the United Kingdom shares the concerns of his former colonies. David Cameron ordered an inquiry into activities of Muslim Brotherhood implying a possible ban of the organization. A milestone..
In the meantime Egypt’s permanent representative to the United Nations’ office in Geneva, delivered a statement to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) calling for an international framework for preserving the rights of victims of terrorism.
Of course I’m aware that for the time being first at least 37 countries will meet to consider freezing Egypt’s membership to the United Nations General Assembly in response to its human rights violations and the United Nations’ Charter following the sentencing of 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death. – The excitements is hypocritical since everybody knows about the symbolic character of the verdict. But its suits their agendas. –
Who cares for the soldiers and police officers and generals, the ones who die on behalf of us the citizens, the ones who are working for our safety and ordered to protect us from violence and terrorism.?-
What I see as equally important in this regard is the supervision of the mosques, respectively the Imams who conduct prayers. This has to be seen in context of Friday prayers which are the most vital source of information for the peasants, thus, the Friday sermon is thought to be protected from manipulation. Imams have been the Muslim brotherhoods ‘best asset’ to spread the message for decades. It has been in the mosques that people get the right ‘mind set’. Already in the 90’ies Imams started to agitate villagers which lead to sectarian strife in Upper Egypt to the extent that Christians had to fear for their lives.
“The outburst of violence was sufficiently serious that the government intervened. Security forces cracked down, and this, unfortunately, made things worse. The peasants of Upper Egypt regard any physical attack on their persons as an affair of blood. Thus, when the authorities started hauling hundreds into custody, predictably the police themselves were assaulted. Initially, this involved solitary snipings, but soon the villagers began storming police stations and attacking roving police patrols with Molotov cocktails.” [And a lot more went on] which lead to the assumption that the time has arrived for the Ikhwan “to bring down the government. – Practically all of the activity up to 1991 could be seen as instances of community unrest. That the unrest got so out of control can in part be attributed to the heavy-handed police response, driving the natives to greater and greater excesses. … It seems likely that many groups are involved. This would account for the government’s inability to suppress the violence. A single, highly organized outfit with branches throughout the country could easily be penetrated by police. This would not be the case, however, with many little groups, springing up more or less spontaneously. Further, assuming that the guilty parties are all Upper Egyptians, they have a place of refuge whenever they want it. They can flee to the old quarters of Cairo dominated by their kinsmen and hide, with little likelihood of being betrayed. [Police there is being encountered with extreme hostility]
This explains why the Cairo police–in their frequent sweeps–employ such heavy-handed tactics. They go into the communities in force, hoping to snare someone they can make confess; however this rarely happens. Why? Again to quote the authorities, “These people will not confess, because they view that as a sin against the faith.”
What we are dealing with then (if the author’s theory is correct) are actually two separate tracks of antigovernment activity. One is represented by the Muslim Brotherhood. It basically is peaceful. Wealthy and extremely well-connected.
Brothers are attempting to take power–through the ballot box, if they can contrive to do so. Once in power, they are determined to set up a government similar to that of Pakistan.” (3)
A lot, of what is going on these days resembles the above very much. The difference is that we have seen the Brotherhood in power and a majority here in Egypt didn’t like what they saw.
While the interim government admits to a grave security problem and tries to find ways to overcome this major obstacle in overcoming the ongoing crises, the critics from afar give highly emotional advice from a very low level of involvement.
The western governments who still cling to the democratic force of the Muslim brother hood are giving the youth false hope and, more importantly – a false sense of legitimacy.
What if politics these days is a mess of global cluster failures? Distribution of influence has dispersed focus and played into hands of groups who still follow up their agendas?
President Mansour has called for initiatives to narrow the deep gaps of decades of negligence in the field of education and overcome illiteracy. In a leaked interview with the Minster of Defense, Field Marshal Abdul Fattah el-Sisi explicitly described the government’s job as eliminating Islamic extremists and saving moderate Islam, and further called for Islamic reformation.
It is a great mistake to think that what is happening here in Egypt was ever a crisis of fact when it is in fact is a crisis of concisions and for what it can realistically achieve. When words are being used as weapons and misunderstanding them is part of the strategy, then your only friend will be time which in the course of events slowly shows what had fallen victim to willful misunderstandings.
I still hope the ethic-code for media will be implemented at least after the election. In my view: had it been applied already together with the road map as announced on July 3rd 2013, I reckon a lot of manipulation and misconception could have smoothed the still very difficult challenge to achieve a sound assessment.
3 – SHARI’A LAW, CULT VIOLENCE AND SYSTEM CHANGE IN EGYPT: THE DILEMMA FACING PRESIDENT MUBARAK, Steven C. Pelletiere, 1994