Dirty Politics: The Ethical Slip
By Hwaa Irfan
The abnormal rain clouds that have blanketed the skies since President Mursi made the Constitutional Declaration that was an emergency attempt to secure an insecure-able situation i.e. to secure the country’s main institutions until a Parliament was in place depicted the intentions of those behind the backlash to Mursi’s declaration. They are the kind of people one could not trust one’s life with, because as the days have progressed with each successive violent protest it became more and more evident the extent of the corruption. Pivotal to the Big Lie, has been Egyptian media that climaxed with the death of 118 youth and 126 injured outside of the Presidential
Most of the population is rightly confused about what has been going on for the last 10 days, because the people behind the initial protests in Tahrir Square could be counted with two hands. Most of the population has not been party to protests that have grown in successive weeks after the first embarrassing protest, which became reliant on ordinary members of the public whose only preoccupation was more pay from a country that has a huge deficit in the billions. With time those forces galvanized their different factions over the draft constitution. They argued consistently that the Constitutional Assembly was not representative and was dominated by Islamists, yet according to non-Islamists who were apart of the Assembly, the Assembly was representative, the draft is comprehensive and stands up to international standards. A sister who has read the draft, a Muslimah, not pro or against Mursi, and not a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood cannot see what the fuss is about, with the exception of one article out of 234 which positions Arabic as the language of education.
The so-called opposition pulled out at the last moment, repeating their self interested concerns, therefore removing themselves. If their real concern was their country, and the population as a whole, they would have stuck it out. Their self removal was a formal attempt to stall the process, to make it appear illegitimate, hence to make Mursi illegitimate despite the fact that he was democratically elected by a slim majority no less than President Obama. Aware of the extent of the corruption throughout Mursi attempted to speed up the Constitutional process in order to bring in an elected Parliament.
The accusations, and lies flying back and forward, inflamed by the media both print and T.V., thus inflaming some, not all of the populous, but enough to come across to the international media, as a substantial rejection of President Mursi. Amidst the media coverage were reports of Muslim Brotherhood property being burnt down. Calling one locality to find out if it was true that the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters was burnt down, the answer was no, it was not even attacked. The Judges Club has also been used, and prevented from carryout their duties, but in truth have taken no political sides. Judge Zakareya Abdel-Aziz, former head of the Judges’ Club calls on leading groups to discourage the use of violence by youth, and calls for a consensus-building initiative by Constituent Assembly members and the National Salvation Front to negotiate ways forward.
The name of the revolution is used, but those who have polarized the nation is used, but they do not represent the youth who began the revolution. So sickened by the tactic employed, some of come out and have named those behind what has been happening, namely Muhammed El-Baradei – who many ordinary citizens believe is behind the violence, and surprisingly ‘Amr Moussa which includes the violence… under such circumstances it is easy to blame those one wants to remove from the political scene. Accusations of sedition and espinoage has been made against El-Baradei, ‘Amr Moussa and Hamdeen Sabbahi, Constitution Party Wafd Party president Al-Sayed al-Badawy and Judges Club head Ahmed al-Zend. The accusation curiously enough was made on a CFR blog by Elliott Abrams.
President Mursi expressed in a televised interview that having been a member of the opposition for the longest time, he felt it was healthy, but naturally is against vandalism and violence. Mursi also expressed his intentions without underlining the corruption issue, which is reflected in the violence. The sweeping power that Mursi has been accused of stealing is totally tied to the Referendum, which not only sets a time limit on those powers, but also if passed by the people, would reduce the powers that Egyptian presidents have had for far too long.
A person is judged by their intentions by our Creator, and those who have made the accusations would have only had to wait until mid-December at which time, if successful, there would be a new constitution, a constitution that Mursi cannot over-ride as SCAF did to the constitution that went to public referendum in March 2011.
In the meantime much has been said, much has been written, and much of it has been untrue… The fact that a foreign newspaper, a reputable journal sees the game plan even as the so-called opposition, the National Salvation Front, which sounds familiar think of (Iraq, Libya, Syria) persists in expediting a scenario that has no appreciation of democracy, is not interested in the choices of the country as a whole, and will lead to ongoing political strife for a long time to come. Below is what that journal wrote as an editorial – a statement of what stands at risk:
Egypt: Tug of War
Morsi is determined polls be held as soon as possible to reaffirm the popular mandate which he still thinks he has
Editorial – The Guardian
December 08, 2012 “The Guardian’ – – As the crisis in Egypt develops, it is becoming increasingly clear what it is not about. It is not about the proposed constitution, many of whose provisions opposition members put their signatures to, before changing their minds and walking out of the drafting committee. Negotiations on the contentious clauses have been offered and rejected. Nor is it about the date of the referendum, which the Egyptian justice minister, Ahmed Mekki, offered to postpone. Again, this was rejected. Nor even is it about the temporary but absolute powers that the Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, assumed for himself – which will lapse the moment the referendum is held whatever the result.
Urging the opposition to shun dialogue, Mohamed ElBaradei said that Morsi had lost his legitimacy. So the target of the opposition National Salvation Front is not the constitution, or the emergency decree, but Morsi himself. What follows is a power battle in which the aim is to unseat a democratically elected president, and to prevent a referendum and fresh parliamentary elections being held, both of which Islamists stand a good chance of winning. Morsi, for his part, is determined that both polls be held as soon as possible to reaffirm the popular mandate which he still thinks he has.
In weighing who occupies the moral high ground, let us start with what happened on Wednesday night. That is when the crisis, sparked by Morsi’s decree when he was at the height of his domestic popularity over the role he played in stopping the Israeli assault on Gaza, turned violent. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice party sanctioned a violent assault on a peaceful encampment of opposition supporters outside the presidential palace. But lethal force came later, and Islamists were its principle victims. Five of the six people killed in Cairo were members of the Brotherhood and one came from the opposition. Two more Islamists were killed outside the capital. Brotherhood offices were attacked up and down the country, while no other party offices were touched. This does not fit the opposition’s narrative to be the victims of Islamist violence. Both sides are victims of violence and the real perpetrators are their common enemy.
Morsi undoubtedly made grave mistakes. In pre-empting a decision by the constitutional court to derail his constitution, his decree was cast too wide. The final draft of the constitution has many faults, although none are set in stone. The opposition on the other hand has never accepted the results of freely held elections, parliamentary or presidential, and is doing everything to stop new ones being held.
President Mursi refused to back down on the decree holding grave concerns that stands at the heart of his ethics. He asked his supporters, not to challenge the protesters. It cannot be validated that e.g. the Muslim Brotherhood have indeed participated in the violence, because it is well known from January 25th 2010 that anyone can mingle in, dress-up, and appear to be what whoever wants to see. It is a ruse that Israelis are known for, yet here the country finds itself, uprooting what has been deemed a great constitutional that covers the rights of all members of society, but those who stand to fear the most are those behind the entrenched corruption have the greatest reason to turn the country upside down.
Much originated from Britain, in terms of organizations and institutions, i.e. tentacles that has the ability to reach into any society around the world and to manipulate it. One of the arms of the tentacles is the Council for Foreign Relations, CFR, although projected as an independent U.S. entity.
In 2009, a CFR document entitled the Contingency Planning Memorandum No. 4: Political Instability in Egypt” authored by Steven Cook. This document is not supposed to be reproduced in any form or part….
It was written a time when they deemed the 60 regime as resilient, but with a political leader, i.e. Hosni Mubarak, failing health, and political activism as the domain of the elite. The support was for the former regime, which would continue through Gamal Mubarak.
The proposal was to manage any crisis, by reducing any budding Islamist power, to lend support to the country’s military, to support financially improved standard of living for the people the infrastructure, health, and education. However the overall general feeling is that successful power bid from Islamists presents a threat to their interests in the region.
To help in the above goal, has been an outsider, but a citizen, Muhammed El Baradei, the self proclaimed voice piece of the opposition. In a country that places status to a high position rather than caliber that is coherent with the principles of the revolutionary youth, former head of the UN Nuclear body International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Retired, El-Baradei is on the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group. The ICG was even concerned about his detention days after the January 25 revolt and issued a statement:
“His detention has no credible basis. It also will not serve Egypt’s interests at this critical juncture”, says Crisis Group President Louise Arbour. “In a situation as tense as this, repression and abuse can only further inflame the situation. Rather than resort to repression, the authorities should heed demands of the population for dramatic political, social and economic transformation.”
The ICG is financed by Carnegie, Ford Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank Group, Soros Fund Management LLC, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell and Open Society (George Soros) to the tune of U.S$15mn annually has championed many NATO wars towards the European based One Government world where personal and domestic sovereignty will be terms not even found in the dictionary!
Yet, it is President Mursi who compromises on a problem that will remain unless the corruption that claims rights is uprooted, when the people are not even interested in their arguments at a time when paying someone to wreak havoc is easily done!
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Shukrallah, S. “A bloody night at Egypt’s presidential palace.” http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/59852/Egypt/Politics-/A-bloody-night-at-Egypts-presidential-palace-.aspx