The riots in Egypt are hitting the headlines on a daily basis. The blame game is in play but what are the real questions about what is happening?
The UK media and the BBC World Service have detailed the horrific events in Egypt over the last few days. The loss of life is tragic and the unrest is not conducive to Maslow’s basic principle of a feeling of security. Although the BBC has remained staunchly objective, recent comments in the Daily Telegraph and a left wing newspaper have inflamed people over here in the UK, some denouncing the violence and the Muslim Brotherhood, others supporting them and spouting words like democracy and legitimacy. It was enough to make my blood boil especially after I listened to Senator John McCain using words like illegal and cutting off aid to the government. He claimed that the US was breaking it’s own laws by still sending aid over to Egypt and his suffocatingly nauseous courting of the Muslim Brotherhood was the final straw. I had to write something.
I tried to write a comment on the Telegraph website but the post had been closed. I guess that the blame game was getting too personal and they were cautious about racist remarks. It seems to be the same story over here, say anything you want about Christians, Jews, Hindus, Budists or even Druids but do not, for any reason whatsoever, say anything about Islam. Why? Islam and Christianity are practically identical, just a few details are different. Nobody blinks an eyelid if someone said something insulting about Christians, especially Catholics – they seem to be target of the decade. Islam, however, is sacrosanct and cannot be touched. It is not only pathetic but dangerous as we have all seen to our detriment. It is time Islam and the 21st Century met and I believe that the Muslim Council of Britain is trying to address that very issue.
Egypt has been, for many years, a place where muslims and christians have lived side by side in peace. In fact, a lot still do. It has long been a secular country where politics and religion do not share the same bed. The Muslim Brotherhood had a different plan and since it has backfired they have escalated matters to the current levels. They are spouting out words like democracy and their freedom of choice as if it was becoming out of fashion. They want their democratically elected President reinstated even if Morsi didn’t actually believe in democracy anyway.
I can only think of one word and as I want this site to remain suitable for children I must refrain from using it. There are no other words that I can use, maybe because I have a very limited vocabulary.
If we go back to when the election campaign began and look at it in a little detail, there are some things that the casual observer may have missed. Bear in mind that this is my blog and my perspective on matters, even if I try to be objective it is still difficult to keep some prejudice out of my views. I will openly apologise for that now. If you don’t want to risk being offended, close this page now and don’t bother coming back.
From the outset, the Muslim Brotherhood had a clear advantage during the election campaign as they had been active since before World War 2. They are a massive pan-arabic organisation that haven’t shied away from violence in the name of Islam. Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood and is considered by many western governments as a terrorist organisation. The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), another offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood was the party that won the Presidential campaign in Egypt. The ousting of Mubarak gave the brotherhood the chance they were waiting for but due to their history, they knew better than to run for office as the Muslim Brotherhood and hence the FJP. As for the other candidates, well, they didn’t stand a chance. They didn’t have the pre-existing organisation that the FJP had, they didn’t have the money or, in many cases, any idea of what they were doing. It was a literal walk in the park for the FJP, there was never any doubt of the outcome. Their campaign manifesto was attractive to the ill educated or illiterate members of Egyptian society, those not within the larger cities. Even those with an education believed the manifesto and why not? There had never been an election in Egypt’s long history and naivety was the perfect platform for the well established organisation.
No sane person alive would doubt the intentions of Morsi who made no effort to be subtle about things. He tried to disband the army, the judiciary and the whole fabric of what democracy stands for. His cronies and cohorts rewrote the constitution to suit his ideas, not a democratic one. He tried to make himself a modern pharaoh except with fundamentalist islamic ideologies. It was too late for the people of Egypt when they realised what they had done and what type of organisation was now in control. It was too late for the western governments who started howling complaints which meant nothing to the new president (let’s face it, when politicians aren’t bickering with each other like children, they need to bleat about something in order to increase their political capital). To his credit though, he didn’t go all out or maybe wasn’t given the opportunity to go all out and declare his true fundamentalist ideology. Even if you don’t consider ideology or the constitution, Morsi was making life even more miserable for the people of Egypt before the revolution. The economy was in tatters and he and his cabinet had no idea how to govern a country. The question is, did they even try? Those with experience were either sacked or detained. Can anyone honestly say, religion and everything aside, that Morsi was fulfilling the will of the people? If he was, how come so many wanted him removed and the celebrations once he was.
Before he had gone too far and did even more damage than he had already done, he was removed. Prior to his removal the citizens of the larger cities staged demonstrations. He had the army and police block and restrain the demonstrators but, considering the numbers involved in the demonstrations against the president, there were few fatalities. This is a point of note. Thousands of people in peaceful demonstration and very few injuries.
Once he was removed from power howls of ‘Military Coup’ rang out from the brotherhood. Those not aligned to them did not call it a coup but the will of the people, something akin to, wait a minute, democracy! Of course you can get idiots like McCain, who are basically sycophants wanting to appease the Muslim Brotherhood, stating that what had been done was illegal as if he hadn’t read his own constitution. Although it was the military that removed Morsi it was exactly what the people wanted – the people that were calling for his removal, that is. There are two sides to every coin and there were those, mostly of the brotherhood, that wanted him to remain in office. They argued that he was voted in by a majority but not a word is said about how he had governed. All they cry is democracy as it is what the western readers want to hear, but there is no mention of his fundamentalist aims and that he was trying to make Egypt an Islamic state, not a secular one, as defined by their own law and constitution. He had to go. If the Muslim Brotherhood had any sense they wouldn’t be staging violent demonstrations and howling like banshees. They should have conceded the point, learnt their lessons and comply with the all party talks that have been instigated instead of boycotting them. They aren’t the only Islamic political party in Egypt!
Also, let’s bear in mind that the Muslim Brotherhood is in the same situation that those demanding Morsi’s removal were in, not so many months ago. If their cause is so right, why aren’t the military removing the current President? You could argue that he is a puppet President installed by the Army. You could be right but only time will tell. I’ll bet Morsi is regretting his confrontation with the army’s Generals!. Now that wasn’t a clever move for a fledgling President let alone a fledgling government!
The current state of affairs in Egypt is bad. It is sad to see countrymen fight each other, especially over religion as, whether you want to admit it or not, although the national religion is Islam there is a difference between being a devout muslim and trying to carve an Islamic state from a secular one. It is situations such as this that make the uninformed more ignorant and possibly create more anti-Islamic sentiment than there already is.
The Muslim Brotherhood are creating the situation in Egypt and are not being persecuted as they like to protest. They need to stop and think like adults and not children. Killing is never the answer, believe me, I know. Islam is supposed to be a peaceful religion, the Muslim Brotherhood should prove that by action and not words. Why is it that other muslims are trying to hold the country together when others are trying to rip it apart. Stop it. It never leads to anything good and could drag other nations into the fray, nothing as bad as Syria but killing is still killing and death is permanent.
Perhaps the Muslim Brotherhood should become a proscribed organisation? They do have links to, what some western countries believe to be, terrorist organisations. One of the reasons for not proscribing them is that they would love it. It would boost their ratings, so to speak. Another is that nothing would be more dangerous than to drive them underground. It was done once and the results are written in history, so let them scream and shout off the tallest building. If they would only do that and not what they are currently involved in then, maybe, there would be a little more peace.
The world wants nothing more than a peaceful Egypt, with a strong economy boosted by tourism. Egypt has more history than almost any other country, it was the cradle of civilisation and it is just a pity that some Egyptians cannot be civilised. If someone can tell me why, without spouting off the usual tripe, I would be grateful. World leaders are looking for the very same answer and while selfish and self centred politicians try to gain political milage out of it, innocent people are getting hurt. The people of Egypt no longer feel safe on the streets and now a military curfew is in place. Yet still the Muslim Brotherhood vows to incite more violence under the pretence of democracy. I think they should learn the meaning of the word before espousing so the western media can have a good news story.