Why Is Morsi Killing Egyptians?

Egyptian novelist Alaa al-Aswany alleges that Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is guilty of the same crimes as his predecessor, and could likely face the same fate.

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Jan 29, 2013

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi cannot claim that the millions demanding his departure are remnants of the Hosni Mubarak regime, liberals, leftists or opponents of political Islam. The votes of the Muslim Brotherhood alone were not enough to make Morsi win the presidential election; he won the second round of the presidential elections through eight million Egyptians, none of whom were members of the Brotherhood, in addition to a large number of liberal and leftist revolutionaries who supported Morsi to prevent the old regime from returning to power through Morsi's rival, Ahmed Shafiq.

In other words, the rumors about the existence of a left-wing liberal conspiracy are mere nonsense, and picturing millions of Brotherhood opponents as remnants of the deposed regime is delusional. If the Mubarak regime had had millions of supporters, it would not have been overthrown in the first place. These are all stories with which the Brothers are fooling themselves and their followers, in order to hide the fact that they are now hated by the Egyptian people whom they deceived, suppressed and killed.

On the day after his inauguration as president, Morsi convened a meeting of revolutionary forces at the presidential palace. I attended the meeting and found that representatives from across the national spectrum, from the far left to the far right, were in attendance. While we were talking prior to our meeting with Morsi, I felt that everyone, without exception, was optimistic about the first elected civilian president of Egypt, and everyone was sincerely willing to help the president succeed and spark a renaissance in Egypt.

However, Morsi was quickly doomed to failure in a way that neither his supporters nor his foes expected. A few weeks later, Egyptians were surprised to see that Morsi followed instructions, and that he was detached from reality and from events. It looked to them as if he had just left a cave or lived in a virtual reality, far removed from everyday life. It was clear to all that Morsi was not the presidency's decision-maker and that he received decisions prepared in advance from the Brotherhood Guidance Office. He just unwraps the envelope and reads the decisions as if he was the one issuing them.

Egyptians thus discovered that they did not elect a president for Egypt, but a Muslim Brotherhood presidential delegate. There is a video and a photo that reflect this situation. The video shows some Muslim Brotherhood members bowing down to the ground, rushing to help the Brotherhood Guide put on his shoes, as his eminence stands, extending his foot to his followers so that they can carry out their solemn mission. The photo shows Morsi standing up to kiss the head of Khairat al-Shater, the governor of the Brotherhood. This summarizes Morsi's relationship with his guide — Mohammed Badie — and his boss Shater.

Egyptians were disappointed by their subordinate president, and their disappointment grew deeper as the president broke his promises, one after another. There isn't enough space to list Morsi's false promises: he gives promises without delivering on them, and he is not ashamed of saying something and doing the opposite.

Later on, Egyptians discovered that the Renaissance Project, which was widely promoted by the Brotherhood media, consisted of nothing but false promises. Morsi lost his credibility very quickly. The scene slowly crystallized: the Brotherhood, supported by the Salafists and former Islamic militants (Jihad and al-Gamaa al-Islamiyya), do not consider Morsi's assumption of power to be a democratic presidential victory. Instead, they consider this a divine victory over Islam's enemies (i.e., the rest of the Egyptian people). They decided to use democracy as a ladder to climb to power, and then kick it away so that no one else could follow them.

The Brotherhood simply seeks to reshuffle the Egyptian state so that it can remain in power forever. They want to restore the Islamic caliphate. Suffice it to read a little about the atrocities committed by the Ottoman occupation of Egypt, and the brutal crimes upon which the Umayyad state and the Abbasid state were based, to know that the so-called wise Islamic rule that was in place for 15 centuries only really existed for 31 years (29 years for the Rightly Guided Caliphs and two years for Omar bin Abdul Aziz).

The idea of an Islamic caliphate may be beautiful, but it certainly cannot be restored — because it did not exist in the first place. But the political Islamic sheiks mobilize their followers under the banner of the caliphate, taking advantage of their historical ignorance and of their agitated religious emotions. The Islamic caliphate is similar to the windmills that Don Quixote fought in Cervantes' novel, when he imagined that he was fighting the armies of imaginary enemies.

The Brotherhood plans to stay in power forever. This is why Morsi turned into a dictator and issued an unconstitutional declaration granting himself absolute powers that enabled him to do anything he wants. He destroyed the judicial system and granted himself and his decisions immunity from prosecution. Morsi allowed his followers to surround the Supreme Constitutional Court until the defunct founding committee finished writing the defunct constitution, which was prepared in the Brotherhood’s Guidance Office.

Morsi's truth was revealed. Thus, Egyptians started peaceful protests in front of the Federal Palace. As a result, Shater sent his armed militias to attack, arrest and brutally torture protesters. Some protesters and Brotherhood members were martyred, all because of Morsi and his boss Shater. The resistance against the new dictator escalated for the simple reason that the Egyptians started a revolution through which they offered thousands of martyrs and tens of thousands of injured people. Egyptians can no longer tolerate a dictator being replaced with another. The Brotherhood's tyranny is just as bad as their failure in the administration of the state.

Following the death of so many children in the train accident in Assiut, Morsi failed to follow the simplest procedures to prevent the reoccurrence of such an incident. People continue to die in train accidents. Prices soared and the recession dragged on, while Morsi continued to implore the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to grant him loans. Shater, on the other hand, put forth Islamic sukuk bonds, which were designed to sell Egypt to the highest bidder. The most surprising thing was that the Al-Azhar Islamic Research Academy rejected the project as it was in direct conflict with Sharia law. But the Muslim Brotherhood remained obstinate enough to proceed with the project. This is this further proof that the Brotherhood’s main concern is to remain at the helm, which is much more important than the religion that it is trying to flaunt.

The Brotherhood has been exposed in front of the people, who discovered their lies, failure and lack of ability. The Islamist group was left with no other choice but repression.

Morsi used the same criminal methods of former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly. He brutally killed protesters, dragging the people back down into a deep pit of fear and compliance.

While watching him ordering the killing of Egyptians with such brutality over the past few days, one cannot help but wonder: “Has Israel ever murdered 50 Palestinians in one day? Has Israel shot Palestinians while they mourn their dead?”

The Muslim Brotherhood has outshone Israel in murder. The difference, however, between Israel and the Brotherhood is that Israel kills those it considered its enemies, while Morsi has been murdering his fellow Egyptian citizens, many of whom voted for him and celebrated his victory. Apparently, the people were oblivious to the fact that their own president will one day fire at them.

Why is Morsi killing Egyptians? The most obvious answer is because they are attacking state institutions. Can he not defend state institutions without having to kill people? Does the law not specify progressive measures to deal with protesters, such as the use of tear gas or water hoses? Is there no prior warning before firing at the crowd, such as firing in the air to prevent them from storming into buildings, instead of killing them?

Was it so difficult for the policemen to shoot at the people’s feet instead of targeting their chests and heads, killing them on the spot? Can they not preserve the lives of Egyptians and then arrest them and prosecute them, as is the case in any respectable country?

Dozens of civilians and two policemen have died over the past two days, staining the hands of the Brotherhood with their blood. Morsi is killing Egyptians in the hope of including them under the Brotherhood’s banner. The revolution has, however, eliminated fear forever. No matter how awful the killing will get, Egyptians will no longer be afraid. They will no longer back off.

After killing his own citizens, Morsi emerged to deliver a useless and lame speech. He did not even apologize for the loss of many lives and did not seem keen to overcome this ordeal. Instead, he pointed his finger at us, threatening to commit further killings. Morsi did not forget to thank the police killers, giving the impression that he was calling upon them to continue murdering Egyptians.

Unfortunately, this disregard for human life comes from a person who considers himself to be a religious and pious man, reading the Quran, praying in mosques and growing his beard following the example of the Messenger of God.

Morsi has proven that the true Islam that we cherish is in direct conflict with the Islam embraced by the Muslim Brotherhood.

After threats and intimidation, Morsi ended his miserable speech by calling for dialogue. What sort of dialogue will be had after he has disrupted law and imposed the Brotherhood’s constitution on all Egypt, not to mention the rigged referendum and the ongoing killing of Egyptians?

What is the use of dialogue, Morsi? The truth is that Morsi does need to hold a dialogue; all he wants is to give the impression of dialogue. The Muslim Brotherhood has lost its credibility at home and abroad. The Islamist group is trying to enhance its ugly image by holding fake meetings to show the world that it is open to revolutionary forces.

Morsi, if you want to save yourself from the ordeal you inflicted on Egypt, you first have to cancel the constitution you imposed on Egyptians against their will. If you want to save yourself from facing the same fate as Mubarak, you have to prosecute the killers of Egyptians, be they police, army or civilians.

Stability can only be achieved through justice, and justice cannot be achieved unless power is returned to the hands of the people who trusted you and voted for you, while you turned into a tyrant, disrupting the law and exercising brutal policies in order to settle into life in power. You will always have the blood of the martyrs who fell in different Egyptians cities on your hands.

The strange thing is that while Mubarak is on trial for killing protesters, Morsi is committing the same crimes but still has enough courage to point his finger at us and threaten us with more killing.

Morsi, you and your Brotherhood belong to the past, while the future belongs to the revolution. Neither you, nor Shater your boss, nor Badie will be able to prevent the future or stifle the revolution.

You have conspired against the revolution from the very beginning. You struck a deal with the army at the expense of the martyrs in order to monopolize rule forever and by any means possible.

Morsi, keep on killing Egyptians, but know that this will not change your destiny or destroy the revolution. Your message has been delivered. The more you kill Egyptians, the greater the wave of the revolution will be, and it will hit you sooner than you think.

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