On June 29, the day before the mass protests that shook Egypt’s ruling party, I was sitting with a friend who had just arrived in Egypt. We had a long conversation during which he mentioned the U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson, whom he knows and had seen the day before.
I asked him about Ms. Patterson’s views regarding the protests against the government planned for June 30. He said that he asked her directly: "Do you think the upcoming protests will lead to a change in government?" She confidently responded with "it's not going to happen." Her extreme certainty was not an expression of political analysis as much as an expression of her country's desire and will.
It was also an expression of personal leanings towards the Brotherhood, clear since she first arrived in Egypt. Those who bet on supporting the Islamists and aiding them until the last second were shocked by the events that were to come.
A lesson learnt?
I thought that after the success of the protests the lesson had been learnt, and America’s stance would adjust itself towards the two countries' mutual interests. But this did not happen. I was surprised when I found out through private sources that America supports Turkish attempts to reach an agreement that would guarantee the return of the Brotherhood and its president in exchange for promises of reform, national reconciliation, holding early elections and then leaving it up to the people to decide what they want. I couldn't understand this huge defect in American plans.
This is a message to any local, American or international party to do what it takes to bring to justice anyone involved in this conspiracy against the people of Egypt.Abdel Latif el-Menawy
The armed forces have chosen the logical and natural choice which harmonizes with their role as a national institution not influenced by threats of punishment; thus, it would not accept such suggestions. What really surprised me was the American insistence to defy the popular will even if the latter takes a path that does not harmonize with what the Americans consider the only path towards democracy.
We were not surprised by what the website "Mobtdaa" – which during recent events proved to be an important source of news - revealed, according to what it described as "supreme sovereign" sources, about a conspiracy in which Ms. Patterson was directly involved.
Mobtdaa says that Patterson requested that Salafi groups obstruct the formation of a new government in Egypt in order to grant the Muslim Brotherhood a chance to raid the Republican Guards' headquarters, effectively replaying what happened in Syria. Patterson made this request, but she is now aware that the whole thing ended with the Brotherhood's defeat and the complete collapse of American schemes.
Even so, until the very last second, she did not stop her attempts to make a personal gain to save herself and Barack Obama from the Congress' guillotine currently being prepared for her and the American president.
The Syrian scenario, replayed
Anne Patterson attempted to contact military commander Abdelfattah al-Sissi to suggest holding negotiations with the Brotherhood - a suggestion rejected by Sissi who insists on arresting all those responsible for the deaths of Egyptians. This angered Anne Patterson as she told Sissi that what he wants is an ideal that has no place in politics, and that adhering to the law sometimes harms politics. But Sissi has made up his mind, so he strictly ended the conversation with Patterson and told her that as she is just an envoy neither she nor her country has the right to intervene in Egyptian affairs. Patterson immediately responded telling him that his conviction would make the Syrian situation the most likely to happen in Egypt.
This time, Anne Patterson increased her communication with Salafi groups to request that they do whatever necessary to obstruct the formation of a new cabinet and any constitutional declarations until the Brotherhood was in a stronger negotiating position. Patterson said to the Salafis that Mohamed Mursi would return to office within days. At the same time, she gave a green light to Brotherhood supporters to launch the attack against the Republican Guards' buildings.
The tasks were carried out by Issam al-Aaryan and Mohamed al-Baltaji. Al-Baltaji led the attack in front of the Republican Guards while al-Aaryan contacted global media outlets to prepare them to react the minute the clashes erupted between the Brotherhood and the Republican Guards or between the Brotherhood and the army. At midnight, Al-Jazeera channel, which supports the Brotherhood, began stirring up media interest. It broadcast several interviews and analyses stressing the Brotherhood supporters’ fear that the army or the Republican Guards would confront them and kill them. Later, other channels affiliated with the Brotherhood spread the idea that the army was summoning reinforcements to kill the Brotherhood supporters.
Finally, Anne Patterson's plan was implemented as snipers from the Brotherhood positioned in high buildings opened fire, killing a Republican Guard officer. They brought down more than 40 soldiers during the first minutes of the clash. Their hordes ran quickly towards the Republican Guards' headquarters' gates leaving the army with no chance to intervene with tear gas or similar defences. Following many warnings, the army found that it had no other option but to act as per the law regarding the protection of military and armed forces' facilities. Al-Jazeera seized the opportunity to record footage and direct the last scene, as it was the only channel ready inside Rabia al-Adawiya, in an attempt to tell their own story and to put the Syrian scenario into effect.
The details of this conspiracy are now published. This is a message to any local, American or international party to do what it takes to bring to justice anyone involved in this conspiracy against the people of Egypt.
Abdel Latif el-Menawy is an author, columnist and multimedia journalist who has covered conflicts around the world. He is the author of “Tahrir: the last 18 days of Mubarak,” a book he wrote as an eyewitness to events during the 18 days before the stepping down of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Menawy’s most recent public position was head of Egypt’s News Center. He is a member of the National Union of Journalists in the United Kingdom, and the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate. He can be found on Twitter @ALMenawy