Mursi’s 30 Days and Counting

Mursi’s 30 Days and Counting

By Hwaa Irfan

The worst media is the media that descends into a hate campaign against someone who does not deserve it. In post ‘revolutionary’ Egypt, that is referred to in the Qur’an as:

“eating the flesh of ones’ brother”

They neither add value, or worthiness to their readers, and play no role in the development of their country at a time when the Ashura Council revises the way in which state-owned media is run selecting chief editors that are way below standard.

For whatever reason the first civilian president Muhammed Mursi came to power, it is under conditions where certain presidential powers are held by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, yet the media whether state run or privately owned are obssessed with whatever it is is they think they defend which has nothing to do with the people. That task seems to be solely in the hands of the person they have been daily persecuting, President Muhammed Mursi.

Not a Muslim Brotherhood supporter, one can not help be taken by the manner in which Mursi has taken a very difficult position, putting himself in the position as ‘brother’ by casting a wide net over Egypt in his attendance of Friday prayers. Setting a precident, Mursi has attended these prayers as an opportunity to meet the broad-cross section of civil society, including the imams of each mosque visited.

Mursi has also extended his arm to tourists, when he went on a walk about in the tourist city of Luxor. Asking about their personal security, it is ironic that a series of incidents triggered by the ‘flesh eating press and T.V., to ramp up confusion, uncertainty about the one man who might be the salve that Egypt needs right now.

Of course the liberal secularists have been spouting the kind of propanganda that is unrooted in any kind of fact, but is more rooted in the zionist propaganda that is to raise the fever of Islamophobia across the region that can easily be taken advantage of.

While those advantageous forces have been gathering their ire regarding the kind of self interests that is detroying American society currently, President Muhammed Mursi set another precident by being the first president to be open to dialogue by his people. Running a daily radio program throughout what has been a very difficult Ramadhan with sweltering temperatures pushing over 100°F (a factor that secularists exclude in there senseless argument about power outages as a result of Mursi). The program addresses public affairs, and personal questions in order to gain a true understanding that ordinary Egyptians face as opposd to the self obssessed agendas of liberal secularists who command the media. Unbeknown to many, Mursi looks at the questions himself.

In addition, because the media in general cannot be trusted to convey facts, President Mursi will produce monthly progress reports. One of those activities included the release of 572 civilians detained by the military in the wake of the uprising prior to Ramadhan with more releases to follow.

Constantly criticized about his 100 days agenda, prior to installing the controversial new cabinet, Mursi had been working to implement his ambitious program of national cohesion, poverty alleviation, economic revival, education, scientific research and foreign policy. Part of that program is the clean up of the dirty streets of Egypt (mainly lower Egypt). As liberal secularists added this as another complaint, incessantly asking when is Muris goign to do this, and that, they forget the efforts the people made following the wake of the January 25th uprising when they felt counted. They forget that the people stopped caring when they felt excluded by the transitionary governance of Egypt in the period leading up to the presidential elections. While the liberal secularists make it a government responsibility since Mursi took the position, as one rubbish collector said:

“Why should I clean this up, when the people make it dirty again.”

That has been the essence of Mursi’s program, working with the people in partnership, which is what will make the program feasible.

As the liberal secularists avoid the weather issue complaining the right to electricity, when the demand due to the weather is the issue, another issue is those who do not pay for the use of electricity in a country with an extremely tight budget as Mursi orders the making of two new power installations in Damietta, and Alexandria. They also avoid the weather issue in a period of fasting while insisting that people should go to work, as if they are not working, becuase of the 22 workers strikes that have arisen in the period. Meeting with workers unions (which in the U.S. have no rights), some demands have been met, but pay increases rests with SCAF which holds the purse strings with very little money. The liberal secularists have a point here though, as production has dropped greatly since the January 25th 2011, but the liberal secularists have to face one reality, and that it is the workers are the producers of the country’s real wealth – they should not be complaining if a group of youth get together to make copies of brand name clothes, to make a living why they pay exorbitant prices for foreign brand names!

The issue of national security came to its height in the week that Mursi took his walkabout in the Upper Egyptian city of Luxor, to meet tourists. Beginning with a staged Christian-Muslim conflict in Dashur, and culminating in the killing of 17 Egyptian security officials on the Sinai-Israel border.

As Mursi aimed to implement his plan to increase pay rises and perks for the police, some of whom who have been running street vigilantes, three days before the Sinai incident, Israel had evacuated the area of Israelis resident there. The Jewish Tegraphic Agency reported:

Israeli intelligence had information on the planned attack, which allowed the military to have helicopters in the area to strike the vehicle, an Israel Defense Forces spokesman said Monday.Israel and Egypt remained in close contact during the attack, Barak said, according to reports.

The Israelis were there ready and waiting with aircraft defending the area in advance, but they did not inform Egyptian authorities.

Deemed as a false flag on Sunday 05th July, 2012, the Guardian refers to the incident as a:

“…highly ambitious and well-planned assault that has left Israeli authorities more certain than ever that the area is out of control…”

Those who carried out the operation referred to as ‘militants’ used a pick up truch filled with explosives then drove an armoured vehicle for more than a mile into Israel before ‘being struck by a missile fired from an Israeli military aircraft. In other words they were allowed to carryout the operation! A reported 8 ‘militants’ (referred to as Sinai Global Jihad militants by the Israeli daily Hareetz) were killed with no Israeli casualties. Hareetz reports:

“..armored personnel carrier stolen in a raid on an Egyptian police station that killed around 15 Egyptian policemen.

The Fahd APC was hit in an Israeli air strike, preventing what military officials said could have been a deadly large-scale terror attack. A second personnel carrier exploded at the Kerem Shalom border terminal, which connects Israel, Gaza and Egypt, before the vehicle could enter Israeli territory.

No Israelis were hurt in the incident, the IDF said.”

How did they know all this!

The news was reported by Israeli Ambassador to the US, Michael Oren

“Iranian backed terrorists again struck at our Southern border today killing 15 Egyptian guards and attempting to massacre Israeli civilian,”

Then of course the Egyptian liberal secularists echo the same zionist notions to add to their paranoia that has fed Islamophobia for the last 60 years in Egypt to weaken the social fabric of Egyptian society further for that is the result of trying to rid themselves of Mursi. Palestians of the diaspora note:

Penned by Oded Yinon and titled ‘A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties‘, the essay delineates strategies for Israel to become a regional hegemon in the Middle East. The short and long term strategies discussed involve the dissolution of the surrounding Arab states, and the expansion of Israel beyond its current undeclared borders.

Israel covets the Sinai for not only ideological reasons (the realisation of ‘Eretz Yisrael’ – Greater Israel), but also economic ones. Yinon makes no secret of Israel’s designs on the Sinai:

The loss of the Suez Canal oil fields, of the immense potential of the oil, gas and other natural resources in the Sinai peninsula which is geomorphologically identical to the rich oil-producing countries in the region, will result in an energy drain in the near future and will destroy our domestic economy: one quarter of our present GNP as well as one third of the budget is used for the purchase of oil. The search for raw materials in the Negev and on the coast will not, in the near future, serve to alter that state of affairs.
(Regaining) the Sinai peninsula with its present and potential resources is therefore a political priority which is obstructed by the Camp David and the peace agreements. The fault for that lies of course with the present Israeli government and the governments which paved the road to the policy of territorial compromise, the Alignment governments since 1967. The Egyptians will not need to keep the peace treaty after the return of the Sinai, and they will do all they can to return to the fold of the Arab world and to the USSR in order to gain support and military assistance. American aid is guaranteed only for a short while, for the terms of the peace and the weakening of the U.S. both at home and abroad will bring about a reduction in aid. Without oil and the income from it, with the present enormous expenditure, we will not be able to get through 1982 under the present conditions and we will have to act in order to return the situation to the status quo which existed in Sinai prior to Sadat’s visit and the mistaken peace agreement signed with him in March 1979.

Israel’s ultra-secure border was penetrated during the August 5 attack in which 16 Egyptian soldiers were killed; the operation was sophisticated and ambitious. Considering this in hand with the fact that Israel had foreknowledge of the event, it is highly likely that this attack was carried out by (or with the support of) Israel’s notorious ‘thou shalt wage war by deception‘ intelligence agency, the Mossad.
The raid serves as a perfect pretext for Israel to realise its desire to reoccupy the Sinai. As Israeli propagandists crawl out of the woodwork and baselessly blame unknown ‘global’ terror groups in addition to Iran, we would be terminally foolish not to treat this event with the utmost suspicion.” – Uprootedpalestinians.blogspot.com

The incident happened at sundown, when the soldiers and police were taking their iftar meal, but should there not have been more security forces made available, to cover that time! Of course the liberla secularists blames Mursi, and not those responsible for national security, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. Blame and counter blame flies back and forward ultimately placing the blame on Mursi for opening the Rafah borders, and not closing the tunnels that Palestinians use as a life line from the open prison that Israel has created preventing food, medical supplies, and a slow death of ‘ethnic cleansing.’ Mursi was blamed for the deaths of the security forces, while the men who carried out the operation remain unknown, and on the Israelis side of the border  dead or alive! Once again Mursi was blamed for not attending the funeral, while the hospital the survivors, remained surrounded by people preventing Mursi from leaving. It is also said that Mursi was advised not to attend the funeral for his own safety, but safety from whom!  As Egypt continues to throw blame, they forget that the Sinai region is not under complete Egyptian control as per the Camp David Agreement, hence why Israeli settlements exist!

Somehow, there seems to be a neat line between the incident in Dashur, and on the Rafah bordertown, such a line exists amongst the regime under deposed former president Hosni Mubarak, and was quite active throughout the anti-regime protests!

The 30 days and counting is from the 100 days of a program of promises that Mursi made which has been counted by the liberal secularists in terms of what he has achieved. Difficult without a parliament, and a cabinet. Selected by Prime Minister-designate Hisham Qandil, choosing a cabinet (3 August) was fraught with problems including the first selected Prime Minister, Tareq Amer, one of Egypt’s top bankers, and the Ministry of Defence remaining squarely in the hands of Field Marshall Hussein Tantawy.  Those who refused for whatever reason are obviously not up to the daunting task. Of course facing much criticism, the cabinet consists of 10% members (4) of the Justice and Freedom Party (Muslim Brotherhood), and have been assigned to higher education, housing, youth and information. Ministers remain from the outgoing military-appointed cabinet – including Mumtaz al-Said, who will serve as finance minister, and Mohammed Kamal Amr, who stays on as foreign minister. Former prime minister Kamal Ganzouri becomes a presidential adviser, and Field Marshal Tantawi is reappointed in line with his  interim constitutional declaration which has caused many complications with the parliament, and the Constituent Assembly. The minister of religious endowments (Awqaf), went to Osama al-Abd, the president of al-Azhar University.

To them he has achieved nothing, not including his first foreign visit to Saudi Arabia, which they took as an ‘Islamist’ thing, negating that the first halal aid to Egypt without placing economic burden on the people, a much need aid came from Saudi Arabia. According to MENA the aid pledged includes

  • U.S.$ 1bn to Egypt’s Central Bank after the election results were announced
  • U.S$ 500mn for general economic assistance
  • U.S$ 250mn for natural gas exports to Egypt

Or  the visit to Ethiopia, as a part of the African Union (AU) Commission summit in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa to mend the broken relations between the rest of Africa and Egypt, crucial to Egypt’s water security. On return Mursi brought with him, Shaimaa Adel the Egyptian journalist who was held in detention (2 weeks) in Sudan.

As Egyptians reflect throughout the month of Ramadhan, one thing they have gained is a growing political awareness, but the liberal secularists among them must take serious responsibility for their actions, for they act blindly without the interest of the common good. President Muhammed Mursi might not have been the desired president, but he may be the president that they need right now, with the people and for the people. Let him be the servant that he says he wants to be, and judge him by his job, and as he said challenge him if he goes astray, not by what goes on in the machinations of a mind that is still very addicted to a crumbling global capitalist democracy that is far from sustainable for the good of all ! Instead, the mentality is one which is riddled with the old mentality “my way or the by-way” full of condescending attitudes towards those who for the past 60 years whose lives were insignificant, and made a democratic choice to vote for a party that throughout those 60 years were deemed a national security threat simply becuase Mubarak’s regime was not their choice!

As my choice, ‘Amr Moussa said at a recent iftar gathering organized by the Indian Embassy/Cultural Center they do not know what democracy is, and should give Mursi their all their support as certain authorities refuse to give Mursi his support. And on that note, we return to the Rafah border… how much was Mursi informed of by SCAF, the Ministry of Defense, and the  Ministry of interior was concerned. All untrusted entities as far as the revolution is concerned, and all complicit in national security issues!

Sources:

“President Morsi’s Plan to Restore Egyptian Public Sevices.” http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/49184/Egypt/Politics-/President-Morsis-plan-to-restore-Egyptian-public-s.aspx

Issacharoff, A. “Armed Militants Attack Egyptian Army Outpost, Try to Infiltrate Israel Border.” http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/armed-militants-attack-egyptian-army-outpost-try-to-infiltrate-israel-border-1.456159

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