Morsi Smiles at Sisi and his Zionist Friends

Egypt’s former president, Mohammed Morsi, along with 105 co-defendants, has been sentenced to death for a prison break during the upheavals of the 2011 revolution. On the ethical level, this trial is a travesty because Morsi did not enjoy due process in a highly politicised trial which Amnesty International described as “grossly unfair” and “a charade based on null and void procedures”.

While I wanted to know if this sentence will be any good for Misr, my blogger friend wrote these words which threw me off guard, `Sisi´s hands are blood stained. Morsis not. We are now the laughing stock of the civilized world´. How true and how deep these words from an average man is ringing loud bells in the ears of other men who are silently watching a nasty as well as a cruel joke unfold before them in the very birthplace of civilization. What could be more ironic I was thinking until I realized that this fanatic race to punish anyone un-secular in the Muslim world is not unique to any particular country, it actually flows through almost all the Muslim countries like a river of contaminated water from a mountain of corruption. I mean no disrespect for any of my Muslim friends, but I do want to call a spade a spade, and the Muslim spade is currently drenching with the blood of injustice, intolerance, corruption, greed and everything else that comes with these lofty value systems managed at the top of the pyramid.

The pyramid structure in the Arab world is lot more complex than in other areas. The injustices committed by those at the top trickle down to the last brick. The image of Misir is now one of dictatorship, brutal military stronghold, authoritarian single eyed regime of a man upon whose orders hundreds of innocent protesters were mercilessly gunned down.

We now see Misir is an example of intolerance. Muslim Brotherhood was pulled down from power because they were leading the country away from the secular block to the Islamic block. Muslim Brotherhood enjoyed 70% popularity, allowing them to amend the constitution based on peoples´demands. Since the vast majority of their voters were rural poor who wanted Islamic shareeah, the Muslim Brotherhood turned out to be the single most significant threat for the secular loyalists whose lifeline depended on generous business concessions from their like-minded commercial partners. I fail to see how a faulty trial can bring any good news for the general people.

Sisi is a typical military dictator, as men like him have surprisingly short memories. The general has forgotten how the Muslim Brotherhood grew to be the single largest political party of the country. Nasserists fail to point out that it was them secular Baathists who elevated the status of the Brotherhood in the country after the killing of Hassan Al Bannah and the unjust and highly controversial hanging of Syed Qutub, former was the founder and the latter was the spiritual-intellectual guide of Muslim Brotherhood. El Sisi is close to adding a third name to the list. The death sentence on Morsi on the one hand will cement the dictator´s grip on power while on the other hand it would create another martyr for the cause especially for the youth who like to rebel against authority.

Will the Egyptian Army really benefit from this sentence? The armed forces were suffering from humiliation from the very day Tahrir Square became a successful revolution. Former president Mubarak and his sons were quickly dispatched to the prisons. This was a blow since Mubarak was considered to be a pride for the forces going back to the 1973 Ramadan War against Israel when Egypt defeated Israel regaining its prestige in the world specially in the Arab and Muslim world. The army was a staunch Mubarak loyalist. With Mubarak in jail the old guard must have been waiting to strike back. This was not limited to the forces only, all other branches of government administration after nearly five decades of Mubarak could not easily accept the whirlwind change of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. It was just too difficult and much too insecure for the Mubarak guard to make friends with the new rulers from the Islamic block.

It could be understood for the defence and administration, but why would this sentence be of any good for the common people who gave support to Tahrir Square revolution? Common people wanted democracy, and they probably still want to live under a democratic government, which does not reconcile with the undemocratic overthrow of the voters´ choice. People lost their right to select the president they deem fit for their republic. The voters were the only authorized persons to decide whether Mursi was good for them or not. It was not a decision that was given to the authorities by the voters. The republic may have taken a wrong turn at the cross roads making the destination confusing for the voters once again. As one Egyptian commented, we are back to square one.

The single greatest beneficiary from the overthrow and the subsequent death sentence of Mursi should be Israel. It has a policy of promoting Arabs and Muslims in general as unfit for democracy and liberalism. May be they are right, or maybe they have lost their minds, but they have been successful in portraying the Arabs, especially Egypt and Syria as countries which need an iron man at the center, no democracy, no liberalism, no social justice is doable for the two. The fact that the rest of the Arab world is´nt much different from this sad portrayal helps the Zionist cause immensely, yet it is basically the closes neighbors of Israel which deserve special praise for dictatorship by its most important military threat.

It copuld be well understood what is bad for Arabs is good for the Zionists, but what is puzzling is why conservative, traditionalist, dynastic monarchy of Arabia is happy at the overthrow of the Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. Its also strange that the dynasties of Arabia should have similar desires and targets for the Arab world as like the Israelis. What is the common bond between Israel and the Arab dynasties? It makes heads roll and twist in search for facts on the ground. The recent attack on the Houthi population in Yemen by the GCC led by Saudi Arabia points to a regional geo-political struggle for supremacy in the Arab world strategy. The proxy war between two regional heavy weights may themselves be proxies for two global super heavy weights also running in the race for supremacy over strategic points across the world.

Revolutionaries Reunite at Tahrir Square

Egypt’s angry youth feel their revolution has not been fully victorious yet. One year ago Hosni Mubarak stepped down only after handing over power to his loyalist military, making Field Marshall Tantawi the new strongman. Just few days before Mubarak had needlessly picked Omar Suleiman as his Vice President. People have doubts whether elections under Mubarak loyalists will genuinely realize such cherished ideals as freedom and liberty. The caretaker government in Egypt has however formulated certain election and voting processes which at the outset would indicate an attempt for a truer representation of ordinary citizens.

Traditionally people are grouped into classes based on ethnicity, language, denomination or residency. To be grouped into professional communities for the purpose of national representation is another way to ensure all round participation in national policy making. It also provides some under privileged groups (like farmers and laborers) a chance to make their voices heard in the highest office. Also, it provides them with access to the corridors of power usually reserved for the rich and powerful.

On 21 July 2011, the Supreme Council for Armed Forces of Egypt announced:

  • that the election (for both the People’s Assembly and the Upper House, aka Shura Council) would be held in three rounds in October, with 15-day intervals in-between;
  • that half the seats would be reserved for laborers and farmers;
  • that the women’s quota introduced under Mubarak would be abolished.

 

There are a total 508 seats in the Lower house: 498 seats are elected, and 10 seats appointed, in this case, by the Military Council and usually by the President. Out of those 498 seats, two-thirds, meaning 332, shall be elected from the parties or coalition-lists, in 46 districts. Remaining 166 seats are open to candidates running as individuals, who may or may not be affiliated with political parties, numbering two per each of the 83 districs. Out of these, the new parliament must have at least half “laborers” or “farmers”, while the “professionals” should constitute at most half of the parliament. If the winner of one of the two seats that are allocated to a certain district, is a “professional”, the second seat in the district shall be handed to a “laborer” or a “farmer”.

50% of seats would be reserved for laborers and farmers who could go on to form a remarkable representation in the parliament where their voice (if they can be united) could very well become the voice of policy making.

In the Shura Council (“the Consultative Council or Upper House”) out of a total 270 seats in the Upper House: 180 seats are up for grabs and 90 seats shall be appointed after the presidential election, by the president-elect. Following these elections, the parliament shall select a committee that will draft a new constitution for Egypt. The new constitution shall than be submitted to a referendum. Only then will presidential election be held, “no later than 30 June 2012” according to Hussein Tantawi‘s statement.

 

About 50 million people are eligible to vote out of a total of 85 million population. Turnout was said to be around 52%. Muslim Brotherhood was the clear winner in the parliamentary elections with 10.1 million votes, 37.5% having 235 seats under the banner Freedom and Justice Party (FJP). Second was Al Nour Party, carrying salafist ideology and labeled as the Islamist Bloc, with 7.5 million votes, 27.5% of total.

A seemingly fair representation of citizens in the elections did not satisfy the revolutionaries. A judicial enquiry was recently established to look into the funding sources of NGOs who are accused of instigating chaos to disrupt the political process. Recent violent demonstrations in Cairo were allegedly doctored by foreign funded NGOs working at the behest of foreign powers.

Analysts saw the rise in violence immediately after the elections as signs of concerns about the future new rulers of Egypt. Election results did upset secularists and their supporters within and outside Egypt. To unleash ruthless soldiers against civilians was a failed tactic designed to fail from the start. It only helped bring revolutionaries back to Tahrir Square in another show of solidarity for freedom.

Looking Back at Tahrir Square

Last year we were glued to the TV, watching thousand of young Egyptians protest against new pharaoh. Western nations were shocked. They did not anticipate the domino effect to hit Israel’s most important rival so quickly. Without Mubarak treaty with Israelmay not continue. Islamists might spring to power. Muslim Brotherhood could kick start a campaign for a global Caliphate. The press conferences in western capitals showed their uneasy and often confusing directions in decision making. Were they with the revolutionaries or against them? Will the US support the dictator Mubarak like they supported the Shah, or will they support the revolutionaries of freedom and liberty. Initially, US did not support freedom and liberty in Egypt. They hoped for Mubarak to use his forces to crush the rebellion. Mubarak collapsed. Why are the revolutionaries back in Tahrir Square after a year?

Egypt is too important an Arab state to be left alone by Israel and her partners. The peace treaty between Egypt and Israel has been the corner stone of Israel’s strategy so far. Israel can’t afford a hostile Egyptian government especially not an Islamic one. It would be in the best interest of Israel to create disunity, mistrust and suspicion between civil and military administrators in Cairo. Only a crisis driven Misr is good for Israel. As Misr moves from one crisis to another, it is also warranting a good case for the military to step in and normalise the situation. For the moment, Masris have shown their deep understanding of regional politics and that is why they are back in Tahrir Square. Unfortunately, their armed forces are betraying that all important trust.