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Where is Egypt headed?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 10:04
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For the last five years, the history of Egypt, like that of many other Arab states, has been a succession of conspiracies, violence, announcements and denials. Everything that international public opinion has believed at one moment or another has been called into question by new elements. Thierry Meyssan attempts here to separate truth from fiction, while asking what the current President al-Sissi is still hiding. An extremely conservative society managed by the military, Egypt has suffered a period of upheaval over the last five years, and is still not yet completely healed. We can approach these events from three different directions, although none of them is entirely satisfying –  For the Western governments and their Press, any military régime is bad by definition, and so what we witnessed in Egypt was seen as a struggle between the partisans of the régime and the democrats. The problems with this interpretation are as follows – on the one hand, the Egyptian military is republican, and, on the other, it enjoys far greater public support than the democrats.  For the defenders of the Law, Mohamed Morsi was proclaimed the legally elected President by 17% of the electorate. However, his legitimacy should have been questioned when 33 million Egyptians called for his destitution. It also transpired, with supporting evidence, that the Electoral Commission had not respected the citizens’ vote in 2012. This being the case, it is impossible to qualify his removal as a «coup d’etat».  For the Egyptians themselves, these events are the extension of the struggle between nationalists and islamists. The Muslim Brotherhood, which had attempted on several occasions to grab power, after the assassinations of the Prime Ministers in 1945 and 1948, and that of the President in 1981, finally managed to do so with the help of the United States and fraudulent elections. However, today, the champion of the nationalists is selling the country to the Saudis. The resignation of Hosni Moubarak (11th February 2011) In 2011, popular demonstrations were organised by Washington, which had already deployed a cohort of NGO’s implicated in the «colour revolutions» and coordinated by Gene Sharp’s team [1]. This was the beginning of the «Arab Spring». The White House sent to Cairo a CIA heavyweight (incidentally Nicolas Sarkozy’s father-in-law [2]), ambassador Frank Wisner. After having pretended to support Hosni Moubarak, he advised him to resign. Conscious of his incapacity to re-establish order, Moubarak abandoned the idea of passing on the reins of power to his youngest son Gamal, and left his function to the profit of his vice-president. That was the «Lotus Revolution». The country then sank into disorder. First of all, the representatives of the NGO’s were arrested for having financed the «régime change» for the sum of 48 million dollars. They were then freed with a group of people who had taken refuge in the United States embassy, and discreetly exfiltrated by a special CIA plane [3]. Washington supported the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Mohamed Morsi. During his electoral campaign, Youssef al-Qaradâwî, the Brotherhood’s preacher and «spiritual advisor» to the Qatari TV channel Al-Jazeera, came to explain on Tahir Square that it was no longer urgent to fight for the recognition of the rights of the Palestinian people, but to scour society of homosexuals. At the end of the polls, where participation was no more than 35%, and in which he was supported by only 17% of the electorate, Morsi was declared the elected winner. However, in a letter which would later be made public, the President of the Electoral Commission wrote that he had not based his decision on the results of the polls, but had particularly wanted to avoid announcing the victory of General Ahmed Shafiq – who had been for a short period Hosni Moubarak’s Prime Minister – since such an announcement might be perceived by the Muslim Brotherhood as a signal for the start of civil war [4]. The United States, who had manipulated the whole operation, congratulated the double national Egypt/US Morsi for his «democratic election» – a deceitful description which was immediately adopted by all the other states. Overseas, there was praise for the «normalisation» of Egypt, which had finally managed to obtain its first civil government after having been ruled by the military for 5,000 years. The Presidency of Mohamed Morsi (30th June 2012 – 3rd July 2013) Once in power, Mohammed Morsi installed a falsely religious dictatorship. He infiltrated the administration with members of the Brotherhood and rehabilitated those who had been convicted of terrorism. He received and publicly congratulated the assassins of ex-President Anouar el-Sadat, and nominated the man responsible for the Luxor massacre as governor of that district [5]. He persecuted the democrats who had demonstrated against certain aspects of Hosni Moubarak’s politics (but not for his resignation). He supported a vast campaign of pogroms by the Muslim Brotherhood against Christians, and covered their exactions – lynching, the plunder and destruction of archbishoprics, the burning of churches. Simultaneously, he privatised the major businesses and announced the possible sale of the Suez Canal to Qatar, which was then sponsoring the Brotherhood. On at least four occasions, from his Presidential palace, he telephoned Ayman al-Zawahiri, who was one of the assassins of Anouar el-Sadat before becoming the world leader of Al-Qaïda [6]. . During this period, a group of jihadists, Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, was organising itself in the Sinaï. Without any intervention by the Egyptian army, these islamists multiplied their […]

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