Overview of the Past Year

General el-Sisi

On the 30th of June 2013, Egypt witnessed one of its most tremendous demonstrations against any ruler or government. General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, one of the 19 Generals of the infamous SCAF, and who has been Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces during the presidency of the former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, was moved by the massive protests, and decided to overthrow the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood by force, since they were not willing to cooperate with the demands of the people by any means necessary.

Back then, General el-Sisi declared that the SCAF did not have any intention other than to protect the country borders, and specifically mentioned that the military taking over the power once again wasn’t part of its plan. A statement which many people, including myself, took for granted, and only a few along with the MB started chanting ‘Down Down with the Military Rule’ right away.

Though the Muslim Brotherhood organization is not to be taken carelessly, it’s one of the most organized and widespread organizations in the Mideast, on which most of its official members rely religiously, financially, and without its significant presence on the surface, those members would suffer big time.

So the MB, along with those in favor of a religiously based country, started demonstrating all over Egypt, and finally chose Rabaa Mosque and its surroundings to be their ‘base’, where they started building camps and lecturing their spectators, holding on to a fine line of hope for Morsi’s government to return; i.e. The electoral legitimacy. But the decision was already made, MB leaders were taken into custody one by one, and the MB organization was gone to a point of no return inside Egypt. Its only residual remained around the Rabaa Mosque area for about 40 days, before being eventually evacuated by force.

After the evacuation took place, dozens of corpses were discovered, covered in white sheets around the Rabaa Mosque area. Some of which were burnt to a degree that makes them unidentifiable. Countless rumors were already spreading, some in favor of the MB, others in favor of the officials who ordered the evacuation. To this day, which side exactly was responsible for this genocide, is still unknown to the public.

Nevertheless, the MB was officially pronounced a terrorist organization by the Egyptian officials, something that rendered new internal conflicts between the Egyptians. Families were torn apart from the very inside out following this announcement. One mother reportedly turned her own son in to the police because he was a member of the MB.

The MB supporters, along with ordinary non-politically oriented people who were merely concerned about the return of a military rule in Egypt, started demonstrating and organizing marches. Some demonstrations were naive enough to demand the return of Mohammed Morsi to the presidency. Others were just demonstrating against the premeditated violence committed against civilians, journalists, and anyone daring to oppose the military coup.

Local media went back to its old habits of polishing the officials, specifically General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who was now seen as the savior who managed to free the Egyptians from radical Islam unto salvation. Regardless to el-Sisi’s dark past with Mubarak’s Regime and SCAF, he was suddenly held over shoulders, and was seen as the hero of this epoch.

The reputable Bassem Youssef, who played a huge role in overthrowing the MB, started criticizing these scenes on his satirical TV show Albernameg. He tried hard enough to direct the people to a non-idealizing mentality, one that refuses to create a new dictator, and one that is always anticipating hard work from the current regime towards achieving the goals of the revolution. But after the very first episode following the coup, his contract with the local media channel CBC was ended abruptly, which lead to him moving to a Saudi financed Egyptian channel MBC Masr. When his show continued to air on MBC Masr, he was then heavily criticized by the local media to the extent of being called an infiltrator.

Although el-Sisi was very clear about his and the military’s intention following the coup, that is being only concerned about the crimes committed in the name of religion and far from taking over the rule, he nominated himself for presidency. He, along with the local media, started utilizing the term ‘War on Terror’ in order to gain legitimacy for his actions, that included thousands of unjustified civilian and journalist arrests, not to mention the shooting and killing of protesters that has yet to be stopped.

Almost all youths of the Egyptian nation took the decision to boycott the presidential election, though their reasons slightly differed. Some saw that el-Sisi isn’t qualified to be president due to his lack of experience in the political world. Some simply saw that it wouldn’t be ethical to elect a president whose hands are stained with Egyptian blood. Others, who watched his interviews on local TV, saw how he thinks about serious problems that have been with the Egyptians for decades, such as unemployment, poverty and hunger, with such amateurishness. But most of all, many criticized his lack of concern towards having a presidential program, that he doesn’t seem willing to be obliged to have specific well known goals in his campaign.

Nevertheless, the elections took place but with an extremely low turnout, a turnout that was seen by almost everyone across the country, which made denying it rather difficult, even on the local media. Hence, the supreme electoral committee suddenly announced the second day of elections a national holiday. When that attempt failed to let people contribute, they decided to extend the elections to an extra day, with the local media heavily criticizing those who chose to boycott the elections, and warning them about a 500 Egyptian pounds (70 dollars) fine on everyone boycotting. With all these desperate attempts to let people go and vote, the incidence rate continued to be insignificant.

Surprisingly on the next day, all national news announced the winning of el-Sisi with 23 Million votes, an outcome that is significantly high compared to previous elections outcome that had all political parties contributing.

The Egyptians have been struggling with dictatorship for quite some time now. The transformation from dictatorship to democracy will need massive awareness, cure from denial, and eventually willingness to change. All those aspects are yet to be present among the Egyptians. We have to be aware of the huge degradation that has gotten into us due to the military dictatorship. Unfortunately, we are still divided. Some have already given up on the revolution, fearing to end up as Syria or Libya. Some think we do not deserve democracy, that we are barbaric and will kill each other when given the chance. Some truly believe that nothing other than a military rule can guide us to being a developed nation. Only a few still believe in change, and gladly they’re the youths, without whom nothing will ever continue to succeed.

May God be with us all

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No One Learns For Free

The Egyptians have been passing through countless hardships ever since the army overthrew the MB government. When they did so, I was expecting the conflicts to somehow diminish. I naively thought that overthrowing the MB would prevent an imminent danger of civil war. Instead, when inspecting the events carefully, civil war is the most convenient term that can be used to describe this state we’re living in nowadays.

The division has become extremely severe, from the very inside out. Never before were families torn apart so carelessly. Bloodshed has become the number one priority in solving problems. Hatred and vulgarity is the ongoing theme nowadays, driving us towards more darkness than ever before.

I have no doubt about the MB being guilty of several crimes, already talked about this before. But sadly their crimes are currently being used as an alibi for further bloodshed. In addition, current officials are blatantly repeating the exact same crimes committed before by the MB, each in favor of their own, with no sign of a conscience.

Revolutions are supposed to awaken us from a sleep, and not throw us in a deeper coma. They’re supposed to shed light and not take it away. In our case so far, our road has been full of opportunists, each seeking a bigger piece of the prize. A prize that is covered in blood of martyrs, and sweat and agony of those who are still alive. But non of that is important, as long as you do not care for anyone other than yourself.

The One who united all of us before, three years ago, is capable of doing so once again at the right time. Maybe we need some time to reflect and learn. Maybe we need to be reminded that everything happens for a reason. After all, no one learns a lesson for free.

May Allah be with us all

Down goes the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood

The consequences of arrogance, lies, and deceit in the name of God must be severe. Malignancy of such acts will chase those spreading them, as well as those spectating in silence. It is our duty, as followers of Abrahamic religions, to utilize the lessons learned from the story of Pharaoh and Moses, and never stand in silence in the face of similar nowadays activities.

The Muslim Brotherhood, from their biggest leaders to their smallest, were a perfect example of how religion can be used to manipulate people’s political influences. How, in the name of God, those leaders were exploiting the religious illiteracy of the vast majority of the people, using it to their advantage to achieve absolute power over the country.

Luckily in Egypt, during the past twelve months, significant amount of effort was exerted in various forms to educate the people about how religion can be used in politics, and how that can affect both religion and politics. The extraordinary reputable, Dr. Bassem Youssef, takes credit for introducing this analogy to his vast viewers on his famous tv show Albernameg.

As a result, on the 30th of June of 2013, Egypt was the host of one of the largest gatherings of human beings in a political event in the history of mankind. Millions of protesters marched in streets all over the country demanding the removal of the fascist MB regime; A regime which has succeeded in nothing but uniting all of the people, with their different political orientations, against it.

Back in 2011, when large amounts of people went to the streets demanding the removal of the Mubarak regime, the Supreme Council of Armed Forces forced Mubarak to step down, and eventually after 18 days of struggling, he did so to prevent further bloodshed. Similarly, when SCAF observed the massive amounts of people in the streets this year, they demanded the currently isolated Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi to step down, as the majority of the people no longer demand him nor the MB in power.

Contrary to what Mubarak did, Morsi declined to step down, clinging to his right to continue his presidential term, claiming that he has came to presidency through a democratic election, and that now he has an electoral legitimacy.

Neglecting the massive demonstrations against him, he gave a speech on national tv asking his supporters not to get driven by lies, and to hold on tight to his electoral legitimacy by any means necessary. A speech that has led to a division between the people, with some supporting him gathered at Rabaa mosque, and those opposing him gathered elsewhere.

On the 3rd of July, the SCAF being supported by the majority of the people, took the decision to isolate Mohammed Morsi, throwing him and his MB regime out of power, and announcing a roadmap of administrating the country during a fixed period of time until a newly democratic, candid presidential election takes place.

Since then, Egypt has been facing terrorism in its worst forms. Apparently, the MB decided to do what they do best; They gathered the poor who would do anything for money, as well as the religiously illiterate who could easily be deceived into thinking that what’s happening now is a war on Islam, and declared war against the millions in the streets who demonstrated against Mohammed Morsi. Unfortunately, it wasn’t before dozens being killed and hundreds being injured, that the Egyptian army intervened to stop bloodshed.

Till this moment, there are still MB supporters occupying the area around Rabaa mosque, demanding the return of Morsi to the presidency.

The problem of the MB is that they’re trying to find a secure way out of this dilemma; An alternate way other than being sent for trial in court, which is close to impossible right now. They were hoping to turn Egypt into Syria; Letting the Army fight the people for the sake of the president. Fortunately in our case, the army chose the side of its own people who happen to be their families and loved ones.

On the other side of the planet, president Barack Obama had some sort of demonstration blindness. He’d also neglected the millions in the streets who are demanding Morsi to leave, and emphasized his support for Mohammed Morsi, claiming that Morsi had every right to stay in power, and has threatened to cut the US aid on Egypt, unless Morsi returns as a president.

Apparently, the US policy was settled upon the continuance of terrorist groups ruling the middle east, and now that the great MB is down in Egypt, the carpet was swept off their feet.

May Allah be with us all against any form of terrorism.

Peace