Who is the murderer in Egypt?

Abdel Latif el-Menawy
Abdel Latif el-Menawy
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It is not defense of a right, or steadiness of a stance, or a war for the sake of Islam. It is simply a state of shock resulting from the loss of power and insatiability to restore it. This is the simple truth ignored by hesitant people who do not condemn the group that violated patriotism. He who is following up on the crisis which the Brotherhood created ever since the Egyptians' June 30 revolution ousted them will realize that the motive was never anything else than a mere desire to attain authority.

The Brotherhood still does not believe that it has lost authority due to its stupidity, permanent denial and unprecedented monopoly of power. This understanding is not based on negative emotions towards the Brotherhood or towards the concept of political Islam. It is instead a stance linked to the understanding of the Brotherhood - an understanding that has even been reached by the groups who have the same ideological basis and who were once Brotherhood allies. Ahmad al-Shahat, a leader of the Salafist Daawa, even expressed that when he sharply criticized the Brotherhood leaders saying: "All criticism is directed towards the Brotherhood leaders who are narcissistically directing [events] as per their interests. To begin with, they are the ones who created this dark series when they did not recognize that the people's will towards Doctor [Mohammad] Mursi has changed. [They] thus refused all solutions...and accused us of the most hideous of crimes just because we called for a referendum or for early elections - although they are the ones who are now making these demands. We have more than once warned them that [a] delay in accepting the proposal makes the latter void of value."

The Brotherhood used to swear that the armed forces were incapable of dispersing their protest. It even provocatively defied them

Abdel Latif el-Menawy

As I mentioned in my previous articles, the Brotherhood's most dominant characteristics since it attained power were stubbornness and arrogance.

These characteristics made the Egyptians take to the streets to oust it from power. The Brotherhood's next move is what led it to lose any opportunity of returning to participate as a political party. It established a huge obstacle between itself and the rest of the Egyptian people. The rift between them increases daily due to the blood being shed and the terrorism that has become a daily aspect of Egyptians' lives - an aspect contradictory to the people's nature. Before we reached this phase, there were several ongoing attempts to convince the Brotherhood to accept reality, but the Brotherhood surprised everyone by refusing to understand and accept any initiatives. It continued to say: "We know exactly what we are doing, and we will restore our rights in full." As its protests resumed for weeks without being dispersed, it thought the state was incapable of implementing the law and protecting its people. It thus escalated its rhetoric, seeking foreign help and demanding foreign intervention. It seems that some Western parties gave signals hinting that they support it in its attempt to restore power. This was a strong motive for the Brotherhood to resume and escalate its activity. But dispersing protests happened too late. Hundreds of Egyptians fell victim. Hundreds who were fooled by the leaders of the Brotherhood which never hesitated to use these simple men as fuel for their battles over power which they says is ephemeral but in fact dwells within them in a manner that even surprised those who once thought they knew the Brotherhood.

Provoking the armed forces

The Brotherhood used to swear that the armed forces were incapable of dispersing their protest. It even provocatively defied them and mocked statements that demanded the Brotherhood end its sit-ins. As proof to that, it used to point out the cabinet's weakness and the latter's inability to deal with the situation. The Brotherhood's online forums were full of lies regarding defections within the army and on coup attempts within the army against its leadership. There were also other lies such as those saying the army lost control over Sinai and that General Sissi was preparing to flee through the airport. They were pushing the situation towards a phase of bloody clashes. A person who participated in the previous international political efforts to peacefully end the sit-ins said the Brotherhood's second best option is that thousands of their supporters die in order to play the role of the victim. This is what the Brotherhood sought, and it did not take into consideration the blood of the victims whom it deceived and convinced they were fighting for Islam and shariah. The truth is, it is a war over authority which the Brotherhood wants for itself. It is a war of vendetta against the Egyptian people who were quick to expose its truth and oust the group.

The Brotherhood did not stop at the borders of the protests which they themselves turned bloody, but it decided to transfer the confrontation to the rest of the country. It proved wrong its allegations of peace and publicly carried arms. Violence can only be met with equal violence and arms cannot be confronted except through arms, as the Brotherhood says and as its morals confirm. It decided to defy the state of law and the people's desires. Before that, it decided to punish the people. Is it difficult now to answer the question: "Who is the murderer?"

This article was first published in al-Masry al-Youm on August 28, 2013.


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

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