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What Egyptian Protesters Assert to the World

An Egyptian girl chants slogans at a demonstration against Egypt's Islamist President Morsi uly 1, 2013. (AP Photo/ Manu Brabo)

Egyptian young girl chants slogans against Egypt’s Islamist President July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/ Manu Brabo)

On June 30, the focus of most people and governments were on the Tahrir Square, in Cairo, where the scheduled mass demonstrations were to be held in opposition to the Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, and against the dominance of Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt’s political life. Millions of Egyptian protesters flooded into Cairo’s squares and streets, and other major cities, calling for the dethronement of President Morsi, the democratically elected Egyptian president, and his Islamist government just after one-year in office.

Given the unexampled size and intensity of the revolt (believably, in two-digit millions) and thus its instantaneous triumph, a new-sprung state of political perplexity about the future of Egypt and hence the Arab region, have re-emerged throughout the world.

Many people think that the past two-year-old wave of Arab protests and demonstrations, known as the Arab Spring, is a new phenomenon to Arabs. Actually, Arab revolts have been very active against foreign occupations and colonial rule as old as the 19th century. However, it was July 23, 1952, when the first internally aimed Arab revolt, known as the “Egyptian Revolution”, sprang up in the heartland of the Arab world, upon which the king of Egypt, Farouk 1, was overthrown.

The success of Egyptian revolution and coup d’état of 1952, which was masterminded and led by the late charismatic Gamal Abdel Nasser, had created sweeping momentum throughout the Arab world at which several Arab countries, like Syria, Libya, Yemen, and others, followed Egypt’s revolutionary route to change the political ruling systems of their countries.

Bringing to memory that the Egyptian revolution of that time was the fruit of a joint operation between the Free Officers Movement headed by Jamal Abdel Nasser and the Muslims Brotherhood supported by the U.S. administration, which was actualized through a CIA covert project, known as “Project FF” (FF  a short form for “Fat Fucker”), led by Kermit Roosevelt, Jr..

Nevertheless, after two years of that political interconnectivity, the Muslims Brotherhood undertook a failed assassination attempt on Nasser’s life because of his firm refusal to Islamize Egypt and share power. Actually, this homicidal attempt had provided Nasser and his revolutionary council with enough excuses to crucify and ban the Muslims Brotherhood for the next two decades or so.

Again, in 2011, the Egyptian army and Muslims Brotherhood, with the U.S. go-ahead, jointly orchestrated the takeover of Mubarak’s regime–as they did in 1952. However, this time the Muslims Brotherhood managed to sideline the armed forces and manipulate other opposition groups to win the parliamentary and presidential elections of which they solely ruled Egypt until the second of this July.

However, in an attempt to consolidate their governing dominance, President Morsi and his Muslims Brotherhood party were defiantly imprudent in stuffing their fellow brothers in most prominent positions of the country’s policy-making structures—let alone dismissing all adversaries. To make it indigestible, they utilized their political gain to gradually Islamize Egypt, notwithstanding the high-voiced calls of tens of millions of Egyptians, Muslims and Christian alike, for a democratic and developed state.

All along the last year, the Egyptian opposition and civil movements could not twist the political will of the Brotherhood, which pushed them to stood fast against the Islamic ruling party and thus boycotted President Morsi. In a smart move, the opposition coalition front was successful in adopting a popular youth civil movement, known as “Tamard” (Rebellion), which collected 22 million signed petitions demanding the dismissal of Mr. Morsi. In addition, the opposition front has managed to formulate an understanding with the army leadership in which they support the planned sit-in demonstrations against the Muslims Brotherhood, while in return the army leadership becomes the kingmaker of post-Morsi era and Egypt’s national heroes.

In every practical sense, there are some new considerations and actualities that are very consequential to the political future of pivotal Egypt, the Arab region and the world that need to be crystallized so that to perceive the Egyptian lesson

Opponents of Egypt's Islamist leader outside the presidential palace (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Opponents of Egypt’s Islamist leader outside the presidential palace (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

However, before discussing those new considerations, one has to decode the sleepwalking role of the U.S. administration and its destabilizing effects. The world has witnessed a disconcerted  U.S. management in dealing with the Islamist issue, Arab uprisings and other Middle East problems. Obviously, the U.S. administration needs to drop its current double standards policy the soonest so that to regain its leading role in the world, and hence stabilizes the chaotic Middle East region.

Unfortunately, Obama’s Administration is falling short to cope with the Arab track of political change and revolts. Seeing that, it imposes, in the name of fighting down armed Islamist groups, a worldwide embargo on arms delivery to Syrian Islamist rebels, most of whom fight for democratic rule, at one instance. While, it supports the dominance and uprisings of other Islamists like in Libya and Egypt, at another instance—this time in the name of supporting democratic change. Notwithstanding that, though Islamic groups use different cups to serve fundamentalism; yet they drink from one well and seek to achieve almost the same goals.

In short, Arabs and non-Arabs alike, expect from the free world, the U.S., in particular, to support all democratic endeavors everywhere–as they proclaim, irrespective of whom democracy might elect to power.

Back on track to name a few of those new considerations, the first one is that the age of Arab civil hibernation and political dormancy will end soon. Arab people are now intolerant of despotism and sociopolitical ascendancy much more than yesterdays.

Most Arabs and Muslims know that Islamic fundamentalism and other radical notions, which were promoted as the only solution to Muslims’ misfortune has failed to serve even its cheerers. A look at what is happening in Egypt, Tunis, Libya, Yemen, Syria, is enough to delete the Islamic state idea from all minds.

Nowadays, the mood of Arabs and Muslims, at large, is in favor of having a modern democratic state, though the general political mindset still needs more time and guidance to accept and practice democracy as it is.

Obviously, there is a need to demagnetize the assumption that having free elections will automatically yield the benefit of democracy from the minds of Arab commonalty. And that, the election process in itself would not deliver the longed for freedom, justice, human rights and human development.

On their road to democracy, Arabs should consider the pros and cons of the Egyptian case carefully, which has proved that the best way to political change is through peaceful civil practices. The Egyptian case will also prove soon (hope not) that when the military is involved, involved they will persist.

Democracy will prevail only when it is built on the democratic reasoning that upholds and honors its resultant afar from who wins or lose. Democracy will prevail only when it is considered the base to deliver liberty, justice, and human development to the people.

Otherwise, no purpose.

Author’s Note: This article is also published at Arabian Gazette


7 comments on “What Egyptian Protesters Assert to the World

  1. bemacomber
    July 16, 2013

    Corruption within a govt., a military, a banking system, a religion, a media source or a corporation is the basis for organized chaos. As Egyptians struggle for bread, justice and freedom the hoard of Wall Street are cutting deals left, right, and in the middle. This is the goal of tyranny to own the people, own the govt., own the military, and own the money lenders. Neo-colonialism is what we are now seeing foisted onto Egypt. May the brightest, best and most articulate of those Egyptians who want freedom step up to the forum and run for office, work for candidates, and volunteer to stop the systemic pillage. Nothing changes if nothing changes. Disband the army in favor of education and health care. This is what they did in Costa Rica in 1948 and peace prevails in this social democracy.


  2. mcc43
    July 12, 2013

    If democracy has a universal meaning, if democracy is based on elections and gives leading power to the majority what happened 3rd july in Egypt is a wound to Democracy.
    Unless someone has universally changed the rules and from now on in US, France, Great Britain and so on a square can overthrow an elected governement.
    Please let me know if this happened.


    • Mohammad S. Moussalli
      July 12, 2013

      This is what has happened but on one side of the issue and that’s why I wrote “Democracy will prevail only when it is built on democratic reasoning that upholds and honors its resultant afar from who win or lose..
      However, on the other side, elections is not enough to conclude that democracy has been achieved .
      You cannot compare between some long-practiced and flourished democracies like the US, France, etc..with a new one that is under manipulation by some of those democracies and Islamist.
      “Democracy will prevail only when it is considered the base to deliver liberty, justice and human development to the people”
      Before achieving that democracy is still unaccomplished.

      Thank you


      • mcc43
        July 12, 2013

        Thank you for your kind and prompt answer. It’ svery diplomatic, but when it comes to a whole population I think we should be simple.
        Egypt has accepted the Western-style democracy beginning with the elections? Yes, so with the elections was to continue. In the gray areas enters players with different interests from those of the people.
        There is a huge difference between the revolt against an immovable autocrate imprisoning opponents and a —- one year —- President . Democrats had to act in Parliament, for as long as necessary and with all legal means.
        This time, it’s my thought and I apologize for the frank divergence from you, the fundamental interests of the people (have a daily living and be able to talk without being spied and incarcerated) were not served properly by the upirising, and not even the safety of ‘nation as well as that of the entire region..
        What is really different from western countries, and worrying, is the uncontrolled economic power of the Army. This revolt has confirmed for long time to come a social and political domination of the (some?) generals over the country.
        I know many Egyptians love the Army, ok it’ s their choice, but let me say very far from the love for freedom,
        Thanks again .


        • Mohammad S. Moussalli
          July 12, 2013

          I’m always ready to respond to your views and comments. Again you have a strong point which I’m not overlooking at all. The difference between our approaches, yours and mine, is that I’m giving the people the benefit of doubt mainly because of what I have hinted at in the article and because I really know the country and the people very well. Though the Egyptian are smart people but when it comes to democratic practices, they are new comers. Let’s give them another chance, they deserve it.
          You are always welcomed
          Thank you


          • mcc43
            July 12, 2013

            I agree: a chance and let’s hope it will end the best way ! 🙂


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