Feeling betrayed by the president they voted for a year earlier, millions of Egyptians marched on the streets of Cairo and main cities across Egypt on June 30th, on the first anniversary of President Morsi in office, demanding his resignation. The swarms of demonstrators were described as the biggest in the history of mankind. This uprising by the Egyptian people against this theocratic tyrant was undermined, misrepresented and mislabeled by the western media. Instead of exposing the true image of Morsi’s regime that was ready to devour the country, they stood in full support of the Muslim Brotherhood [MB] against the people of Egypt.
It was shocking to see how the western media intentionally or deliberately dropped the ball on this historical event. And their obvious bias towards the ruling party of Egypt, in the days that followed, was shameful. They not only lost their credibility, but their dishonest reporting and perpetual support of the Islamic regime was perplexing to Egyptians. Lies and fabrication of news are the norm of Al Jazeera channel that had lost its objectivity long time ago by sealing its loyalty to the Muslim Brotherhood. But Egyptians did not expect western ‘reputable’ news agencies to follow in the same pathetic path of cheap reporting. Whatever their motives were, they all achieved nothing but inflaming the wrath of Egyptians, as their reporters discredited their honorable revolt as a military coup.
The resilience and defiance of the Egyptian people was put in doubt by reporters, some of whom had been residing in Egypt for many years. Even as someone who hardly believes in conspiracy theories, I started questioning their motives. They could not have been ignorant or oblivious about what’s going on, and their integrity came in question. They should have known better than to portray the Egyptian people and the Egyptian army as the aggressor and the terrorists as the victims. Any first-year journalism student would have told them that it is unethical to report fake news and certainly not from a single perspective. Unless reporters and political analysts have been sleeping throughout Morsi’s year in power, there is no excuse for their denial or confusion about what was going on. And it is imperative to set the record straight.
1. Morsi came to power at a time when Egypt was at cross roads. A nation divided; healing from a revolution that took many lives and left people with uncertainties and confusion. He launched a presidential campaign that, a year later, could only be described as a campaign of lies and deception. A large section of Egyptians perceived him as the lesser of two evils and went out of their way to vote for him hoping to end the division and polarization of Egyptians in the aftermath of Mubarak’s fall, and to move the country forward. Egyptians had underestimated the evilness of the MB organization. Morsi in power demonstrated that he was not the president of all Egyptians, but of his own people. Egyptians felt betrayed and deceived. The country was polarized. And as he took Egypt and Egyptians on a slide toward a dark hole, the future looked bleaker than ever.
2. The failure in managing the country created daily crises for Egyptians. For the entire year, people suffered from continuous power and water outages, gas shortages, and price increases in all essential commodities from fuel to bread. The tourism industry died, the stock market lost a third of its value, the Egyptian pound lost 30% of its value against the US$, the rate of unemployment soared and the economy plummeted. MB sympathizers including the western media pointed fingers at the remnants of the Mubarak regime [Foloul] and the opposition and accused them of creating these crises to undermine Morsi. A lame excuse from the government to cover up its failures and ineffectiveness. One of the major setbacks in Morsi’s government was appointing worthless members of the MB organization in key positions, whose only merits were their blind loyalty to the organization rather than their experience or knowledge. It was only a matter of time before the country’s institutions collapsed.
It is important to understand the danger of Morsi’s decisions made during his year in power to comprehend how Egypt would have been dragged towards a doomed future, had his plans not been interpreted by Egyptians, who stood up against his regime to reclaim their homeland back from the fascist terrorist organization that hijacked it.
The MB came to power with the agenda to brotherhoodize Egypt, as a first step to take control over the Middle East. This objective had been sugarcoated and millions who did not fully grasp its graveness, were deceived by it, just like Red Riding Hood being deceived by the Big Bad Wolf sitting in her granny’s bed and wearing her cape. After their reign, the motives became clearer. But at the end, the Bad Wolf snarled exposing his ugly jaws. The MB didn’t waste time in dismantling the country’s civil institutions and replacing them with radicalized members who would carry out their plans.
Maybe the western media that was glorifying Morsi after he was ousted, as being the first democratically elected president, should watch a slideshow of one year in office to acknowledge his failure:
1. In his acceptance speech, moments after he was sworn in to office, Morsi urged the United States to release Omar Abel Rahman, the mastermind behind the World Trade Center attack in 1997. And in the months that followed, the Egyptian jail cells were emptied from all the terrorists, who were pardoned by an executive order, and the same jail cells were filled by thousands of young activists who opposed Morsi’s government. Among those who were released were the convicts behind the former president Sadat assassination. And it is notable to mention that these terrorists were invited to attend various official State events.
2. Morsi issued a presidential decree that gave him the power to control the three branches of the government; executive, judiciary and legislative. And in an amendment to that dictatorial decree, these powers would not be disputed in a court of law. Subsequently, he dissolved the Supreme Court, fired the Prosecutor General and replaced him with a MB member.
3. The constitutional committee that was selected to draft the new constitution was exclusive to members of Islamist groups and they included a clause that gave them absolute power to transcend Egypt towards an Islamic State, with no tolerance for women and minorities. And in a referendum that was not supervised by the judicial branch, the constitution passed and was approved by the president.
4. In total denial and disregard to the anger and frustration of the Egyptians, Morsi invites the leaders of various terrorists groups in a mass rally at the Cairo Stadium, and in a televised speech, he announced cutting relations with Syria, and declared Jihad against it and invited all who are willing to answer the call for Jihad to join.
5. The last nail in Morsi’s coffin was appointing the terrorist responsible for the 1997 Luxor massacre as a governor of this ancient historical city. Not only that, but he also appointed 17 Muslim Brotherhood members as governors to major governorates throughout the country.
The west has been introduced to the word Sharia, the Islamic law, and as it was explained, it is ferociously attacked in fear of its implementation in the western societies. Ironically, the same news channels that attack it, are defending the Islamist regime in Egypt that persist on forcefully implementing it on its people. And while doing so, the same news channels are turning a blind eye on the ties between the MB organization and Hamas, or that Zawahiri, Al Qaeda’s number one man, had joined the MB at the age of 14.
The arrogance, distrust, ignorance, misguidance and delusions of the MB have blinded them from seeing who the Egyptian people are. Egyptians don’t need guidance to observe or practice their religion. They don’t need Islam to be enforced upon them. Egyptians have always been religious people and Islam had been integrated in the Egyptian society for more than fourteen centuries before the birth of the MB organization.
In exasperation, Egyptians took the streets on June 30 to topple Morsi not because they are against Islam, but because their country was in distress and their freedoms were at stake. They took it upon themselves to save their country from the hands of her kidnappers and to free themselves from the rule of a ruthless theocratic regime that would have kept them under siege. When Egyptians revolted to reclaim their country back, they requested protection of their armed forces from a home grown internal enemy that threatened not just their existence, but also their identity. As the momentum of events escalated in the streets, the army’s intervention became inevitable. And that’s what the western media stubbornly failed to see and insisted on labeling the Egyptian revolution a military coup.
No one remembers if the term “military coup” was used when Mubarak was ousted less than two years ago, and for a good reason; it was never used. But since Western media’s bias toward the MB is undeniable, they chose to use it to describe the June 30th revolution; shamelessly broadcast lies and fake news worldwide and despicably attacked the Egyptian armed forces.
Egyptians are already moving on. An interim government was appointed. There is no more time to waste. They have in their hands a country that is almost in ruins to build. They don’t care anymore if the west labels their revolution a military coup or an Easter bunny. All they care for is that they have freed their country from the claws of the Big Bad Wolf, and their hopes for a better future are already painting smiles on their faces. The nightmare is over.
The western media has a lot of fences to mend. Egyptians are kind hearted people. They will eventually forgive them, but they will never forget on whose side they stood. Hopefully they have learned their lesson; don’t mess with Egyptians.