Neither Muslim imams nor members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi movements would be able to protect the Egyptian presidency from the wrath of the people when they pay more pounds for one dollar. Every single citizen will pay a dear price and not only the protestors of Tahrir Square or Nasserists or Copts. At that point, neither the International Monetary Fund’s loan nor aid from Saudi Arabia and Qatar would be of use. The only solution is that the regime restores relations with the opposition and tries reaching a reconciliation formula that includes all factions, then they can start facing future crises together.
The Egyptian political scene has become a big riddle. President Mohammed Mursi slams the opposition in every possible way then comes out on CNN and says he believes in democracy. Then the minister of defense heads to Sinai to meet with its Bedouin wearing their traditional cloak over his khaki uniform.
The prime minister receives an official at the International Monetary Fund to talk him into approving a five-billion-dollar loan to Egypt then imposes a set of socialist laws that ban Egyptians from travelling abroad with more than 10,000 dollars and tourists from entering the country with the same amount.
The chief of intelligence visits the UAE following the arrest of the Egyptian members of a Muslim Brotherhood cell in the country while fears are growing that the Brotherhood is attempting to export its ideologies to the Gulf like what Iran did with the Islamic revolution.
A leading Muslim Brotherhood figure drops a bomb that distracts people from the constitution and the referendum when he asks for the return of Egyptian Jews “unjustly expelled by late president Gamal Abdel Nasser.” And while he welcomes the return of 25,000 Jews, Egyptian forces arrest one Israeli that sneaked across the border.
Who exactly is ruling Egypt? In the past, they said that Mubarak’s wife and son interfere in the presidency’s decisions. Now, they say that the Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide and his deputy decide what happens and even have the power to cancel the president’s decrees. This was shown when a Mursi’s greeting to Copts was withdrawn from the official news agency one hour after it was aired.
Rumor has it that a trinity is ruling Egypt: the president, the supreme guide, and investorsAbdulrahman al-Rashed
Rumor has it that a trinity is ruling Egypt: the president, the supreme guide, and investors. The Muslim Brotherhood’s supreme guide is similar to his Iranian counterpart in the sense that he has the final say and issues weekly statements that are no different than those issued in Tehran. It is said that his partner is (deputy supreme guide) Khayrat Al-Shater is the real ruler, for he chose the cabinet the first time around as well as the second. We all know that he was to become president had it not refused legally for his criminal record. Some even accuse him of running the Brotherhood’s cells abroad including those in the Gulf. And because the group’s activities are mostly underground, it is hard to tell truth from lies.
The long silence of the Armed Forces gave the impression that they have either been hibernating or been hampered by the Muslim Brotherhood. However, the recent dispute that took place between them and the Supreme Guide a few weeks ago and the visit of the minister of defense to the Sinai Peninsula given an impression that the army is like a tiger that sleeps with one eye open.