“BEFORE OUR EYES”
by Thierry Meyssan
While 95% of Egyptians support the military coup that overthrew President Morsi, the Western press cries dictatorship and mourns the dead civilian victims of repression. For Thierry Meyssan, this attitude stems from the emasculation of Western populations who have forgotten the lessons of their elders and think that all conflicts can find peaceful solutions.
VOLTAIRE NETWORK | DAMASCUS (SYRIA) | 26 AUGUST 2013
The press in the United States and Europe make common cause against the military coup in Egypt and laments the thousand deaths that followed. It is clear to these western media that the Egyptians, who overthrew the dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak, are now the victims of a new dictatorship and Mohamed Morsi, elected “democratically“, is the only one who can legitimately exercise power.
However, this view is contradicted by the unanimity of Egyptian society behind its army. Abdelfatah Al-Sissi announced the removal of President Morsi in the presence of representatives of all the sectors of the country, including the rector of Al-Azhar University and the leader of the Salafist who have manifested approval. He can boast of being supported in his fight by representatives of 95% of his countrymen.
For the Egyptians, the legitimacy of Mohamed Morsi is not measured in the manner of his appointment as president, with or without elections, but the service he rendered to the country or not. But the Brothers have mostly shown that their slogan “Islam is the solution!” poorly concealed their unpreparedness and incompetence.
For the man in the street, tourism has dried up, the economy has regressed, and the pound has fallen 20%.
For the middle classes, Morsi was never democratically elected. Most polling stations were occupied militarily by the Muslim Brotherhood and 65% of voters abstained. This masquerade was covered by international observers sent by the United States and the European Union who supported the Brotherhood. In November, President Morsi repealed the separation of powers by prohibiting courts from challenging his decisions. Then he dissolved the Supreme Court and dismissed the Attorney General. He abrogated the Constitution and made had a new draft drawn up by a commission appointed by him, before adopting this fundamental law in a referendum boycotted by 66% of voters.
For the army, Morsi announced his intention to privatize the Suez Canal, a symbol of the economic and political independence of the country, and sell it to his Qatari friends. He began the sale of public lands in the Sinai to Hamas figures so they could transfer workers from Egypt and Gaza and allow Israel to end its “Palestinian question“. Above all, he called to join the war against Syria, a historic outpost of Egypt to the Levant. In doing so, he endangered national security which he was responsible to protect.
However, the fundamental problem of the West with respect to the Egyptian crisis is related to violence. Seen from New York or Paris, an army firing live ammunition at protesters is tyrannical. And, to add to the horror, the press highlights that many of the victims are women and children.
This is an emasculated vision of human relationships where a person would be willing to discuss because they would be disarmed. But fanaticism is a behavior that has nothing to do with being armed or not. Westerners faced this problem 70 years ago. At the time that Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill razed entire cities, such as Dresden (Germany) and Tokyo (Japan), the civilian population was disarmed . Both leaders are not considered as criminals but are celebrated as heroes. It was obvious and indisputable that the fanaticism of the Germans and Japanese made a peaceful solution impossible.
Is the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist and must it be defeated? A comprehensive answer would be wrong because there are many trends in the International Brotherhood. However, their record speaks for itself: they have a long history of coups in many Arab states. In 2011, they organized the opposition to Muammar el-Qaddafi and took advantage of his overthrow by NATO. They continue the armed struggle to seize power in Syria. Regarding the Brotherhood in Egypt, President Morsi rehabilitated the killers of his predecessor Anwar Sadat and released them. He also appointed as governor of Luxor the second in command who massacred 62 people, mostly tourists, in 1997. In addition, during the simple call to demonstrate for the reinstatement of “their” president, they burned 82 Coptic churches.
Western repulsion for military governments is not shared by the Egyptians, the only people in the world to be governed exclusively by the military – with the exception of one year of Morsi – for over 3000 years.