On June 30, President Mohammed Morsi’s authority fell in a strategic sense, as many of the protesters' expectations were met. People showed up in the millions throughout all of Egypt, as did political leaders, in demonstrations that may have destroyed Morsi’s authority. Egypt stands on the threshold of a new phase, open to many possibilities. Either way, Egypt’s revolution will surely have repercussions on the region’s political-ideological structure.
The promise was fulfilled
Morsi, along with his family and clan, has wreaked havoc on the Egyptian state, disrespecting the sanctity of Egyptian blood and the dignity of the Egyptian citizen. For this reason, he is about to be removed from power.
Today, July 1, the Egyptian masses are protecting their venerable state. Politicians may compete over who will possess authority, but the venerability of the Egyptian state is above all compromises. The Egyptians know that their state can protect them from civil war — God forbid — and that its institutions have been the guarantor for the survival of the Egyptian people for thousands of years. The Egyptian state is larger than any political movement; it is immune from being controlled by any one group, and, during Morsi’s one-year rule, it has reached a dangerous degree of fragmentation, something that most Egyptians consider a red line.
Despite the momentum behind the demonstrators, we cannot yet declare victory. The ball is now in the court of Morsi and his group. Will he learn from former President Hosni Mubarak’s mistakes and call for early presidential elections? Or will he procrastinate, allow blood to be shed and be tried in court like Mubarak? It is a big question.
The Muslim Brotherhood-allied extremist and terrorist groups will not easily acquiesce to the people’s demands. But it seems that the future of the Brotherhood is at stake if there is continued bloodshed. The matter is bigger than a presidential seat.
The regional and international repercussions of June 30
The fall of Morsi’s rule is not solely about him or his group; it will have a number of regional and international repercussions. The collapse of Morsi’s rule will be a victory for the second phase of the Egyptian revolution, whereby the Brotherhood rule will be removed, along with the entire international-regional system that brought them to power and supported them for an entire year. It would mean the fall of the American project for the Greater Middle East, a project prepared by George W. Bush and Barack Obama that used the Arab Spring as a Trojan Horse.
The Egyptian uprising to restore the revolution exposes as a lie the view that "America controls the world." Even though the US has links to some Egyptian institutions, neither it, nor its research centers and analysts can control millions of Egyptians.
Those who wrote about the strength of the Brotherhood, its popularity, and the lack of alternatives will not be able to control Egyptians’ minds. Turkey cannot hide behind the false slogans of openness as it allies with the Brotherhood and offers it advice on how to empower the US in its Greater Middle East project. Qatar, which at one point thought that it could lead the Arabs, cannot install Muslim Brotherhood rulers through its vast wealth, Al-Jazeera satellite channel and Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
Qatar being cut back to size
Egypt is returning Qatar to its normal size by helping the country rid itself of illusions of a regional leadership that runs contrary to geography and history.
Today, Egypt is foiling the region’s Sunni-Shiite partition. Egypt is returning to its true self: a beacon of freedom and progress for all people in the region from all religions and sects. The Brotherhood has made Mubarak’s regime look good by organizing meetings and celebrations filled with abhorrent sectarianism. The Brotherhood has redefined Egypt’s interests in accordance with their group’s regional alliances. The Brotherhood has tried to implicate Egypt in a sectarian conflict that does not befit Egypt's size, weight or historic mission. The Brotherhood formed alliances with terrorists (labeled as such by a court of law, not me) who killed Egyptians in the 1980s and 90s. The Brotherhood has cut Egypt’s relations with Syria because of sectarianism, thus depriving Egypt from becoming a part of the solution in Syria.
Supporting the great Syrian people is not accomplished by allying with Jabhat al-Nusra and with the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, but by supporting the Syrian people’s right to liberty and dignity. Egypt is now opening up to all Arab countries and is ending Qatar’s monopoly over Egypt’s foreign policy toward the Arabs.
Today, Egypt is renewing its revolution and hopes for a better future. Egypt’s youth are recovering the Arab Spring from those who stole it from them. They are liberating their future from the darkness of reactionary forces. Today, Egypt is giving all Arab people a renewed hope in freedom, social justice and national dignity.
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