Monday, July 8, 2013

Letters from Egypt: “US Supports Terrorism”



Dear Egypt,

It was a coup d’etat. I understand that you don’t want to recognize it as such because you think you’re special. In fact, you are special. You are so special that you have seemingly redefined every word known to man and placed your own individual spin on it. Democracy, as defined by many Egyptians, means working shorter hours but with an increase in salary. Coup  means – well, it has yet to be defined in the spin-off Egyptian dictionary, but you know it didn’t happen…

So now many of you are trying to secure your spot on any news program discussing how CNN funds terrorists because, well, damn them for using the word coup. Or even the Facebook group, "Obama supports terrorism in Egypt". It was a popular uprising, or so you say. No, it was a coup. A popular coup, but a coup nonetheless.

I know this is going to come as a shock to you, Egypt, but your situation is actually not so unique. In 2009, the island nation of Madagascar had mass protests erupt against its president at the time, Marc Ravalomanana. Like Morsi, Ravalomanana was also elected by the people (granted Madagascar’s population is not comparable to Egypt, but there is a point to this story). The military ousted the president (cough – sound familiar) and appointed the mayor of the capital city, Andry Rajoelina, as interim president (cough – Egyptian military appointing the head of the constitutional court as interim leader). A year later, the BBC said in an article: “Col Charles Andrianasoavina, who made the announcement, was one of the officers behind a coup that brought Andry Rajoelina to power last year.” The BBC called it a coup, but were not said to fund terrorists as a result. And just like in Egypt, parties erupted in Madagascar after the expulsion of the former president. He was forced out by the military, despite being democratically elected, and it was therefore called a coup (a forcible change in government leadership). A popular uprising would not have needed military intervention.

When the West doesn’t publically pat Egyptians on the back for taking to the streets yet again – failing to recognize the so-called democratic process that millions of you fought for in 2011 – they must support terrorists. I remember the demonstrations that began on January 25, 2011 and all of the many that, while not as large, took place repeatedly thereafter. The US supports a democratic process, and you had one despite whatever debatable transparency issues there may have been. Mubarak was not democratically elected as it is kind of hard to have a complete democratic process when only one party is allowed to participate.

So elections were held, mind you after many of you voiced yet again complaints over the ruling military junta that helped you previously see Mubarak ousted. Offices in Egypt gave employees one full day off from work to cast your ballot while absentee ballots were done via various Egyptian consulates and embassies around the world. Yet only 46.2% of eligible voters went to the polls in the first round of the presidential election. And Morsi edged out his opponent, Ahmed Shafiq, with 51.7% of the vote.

Some of you did support Shafiq, but there were many of you that said you didn’t like either candidate so you exercised your right not to vote. You failed to remember that you also gave up the right to complain about results. I’ve also had friends that recently admitted to voting for Morsi, and when I asked them why they were now protesting his rule, they respond in variations of: “The Muslim Brotherhood lied to us. They’re terrorists.”

Excuse me, but what part of the Muslim Brotherhood history lesson did you seem to skip over? The Muslim Brotherhood (MB), or Ikhwan in Arabic, is the start of every major Islamist terrorist group from Algeria’s AQIM to Al Qaeda. Many of its members, including former president Morsi, were jailed for inciting violence. So excuse me if I don’t immediately jump to your defense in the sudden revelation some of you have had concerning the MB. Yeah, what a shock that the MB would retaliate... Do none of you remember the reports throughout local media during election time that quoted MB members as saying that if a victory was not secured, they would “set Egypt on fire”? What rock have you been living under and can I join?

So instead of blaming the US and various western media outlets, why aren’t you asking your brothers and sisters why they voted for Morsi and the MB? Why aren’t you asking yourself why you didn’t vote as chances are greater that you probably didn’t? The fact remains, the majority of Egyptian voters elected Mohamed Morsi while the majority of Egyptians elected not to vote at all. So how is this a US problem? 

When you learn the definition of coup and democracy - and not from your own made up dictionary - get back to me

4 comments:

  1. Of course they don't remember the history of the Ikhwan, that was so long ago. If they can't even remember how just over a year ago the Army was cracking heads in Tahrir, running over Christians with tanks at Maspero, and performing virginity tests in the Egyptian Museum, how could you possibly expect them to remember the dark side of the MD.

    Speaking of the Plasmatics, Golpe de Estado is one of my favorite albums. Good luck.

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    1. Another interesting point, although not entirely unexpected, is how someone said: "Yeah, but does Madagascar have the Muslim Brotherhood?" Funny how the same people voice their disdain when it comes to immediately typecasting Muslims as terrorists, pointing to the fact that there are other organizations that commit the almost same atrocities yet aren't given that title (they also fail to remember that the IRA is considered a terrorist organization, but I digress). And yet once again, they back-peddle still looking for a reason why their situation is "special". I saw an article title from the UK's Independent that said, "When is a coup not a coup? Apparently when it happens in Egypt." Now that was funny.

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  2. I wrote a comment but then it made me log in and when I did I lost my comment. So now I'm writing a new comment while I'm seriously annoyed!

    So it was a coup! So what? If a coup is backed by the majority of the population is it such a bad thing? Isn't that essentially democratic? Why do we have to get so defensive over it being a coup? This is our country and if we accept a military coup because it's what the majority wants then we have every right to let it be and support it. That's why I won't defend it being a coup. Yes it was and I'm cool wid dat! And what pisses me off is the international media portraying it as a negative thing and I think they should just mind their own business and let us go through the learning curve that other 1st world countries have.

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    1. A coup by definition would mean the international community, namely the US, being forced to revoke its aid considering that a coup is not sanctioned by any government constitution (or in Egypt's case, the lack thereof). Hence why many US government employees refer to it as a "correction". The main problem is that the country fought for a so-called democracy. Even if the coup was represented by a popular uprising, it is not a democratic action to have the military dispose of the majority-ELECTED president. Yes, you could say Morsi did an undemocratic gesture by taking authoritarian control; however, whose fault was it for scheduling elections prior to a constitution being set forth? That would be the military/SCAF, the same body that ousted Morsi.

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