Egyptians are finding the world’s sudden interest in their affairs quite amusing. Suddenly the world has a strong say in all Egyptian happenings. You would think the world really cared.
Prime Minister Erdoğan was the first to disclaim July 3rd. He clearly sided with the Muslim Brotherhood on this stance while it would have been so much better if he had acted as a mediator instead. By backing the wrongdoers so flagrantly, Erdoğan lost the respect of most Egyptians and many Arabs, too.
A year earlier, and even before Morsi took office, Erdoğan visited Egypt, and in this short but poignant visit, he won the admiration of Egyptians who hoped that democraccy would yield them a similar leader. However, Prime Minister Erdoğan current rhetoric is in pursuit of his own agenda: a fear that what happened to President Morsi may happen to him.
The United States decided that it, too, must play a dominant role in Egypt’s future via a disappointing ambassador, Ambassador Patterson, who managed to fury Egyptians, and a convoy of dignitaries passing through: Secretary of State Kerry, Republicans Graham and McCain. and Deputy Secretary Burns. All claim they can mediate between the current regime and the Muslim Brotherhood, giving the MB a fake impression that the outcome may change.
Though the US finally came out with a verdict: July 3rd was not a coup, and it continues to support Egypt with a 1.5 billion in aid, but it clearly wishes to admonish the new regime; it suspended delivery of the fighter jets to Egypt. According to General Al Sissi, President Obama has not shown interest in Egypt and has not phoned the Egyptians once since June 30th. This is the impression President Obama wants to give though he is very keen to play a role in the outcome as seen by the many envoys.
The EU envoy has passed through Egypt, too. Ashton seemed luckier than others since she had the privilege of seeing the ousted president.
And even more dignitaries are visiting Egypt: the Qatari and the UAE envoys, in the hopes of affecting change, are delaying their departures from Egypt. Tawakkol Terkaman, the Yemeni Nobel Laureate, decided to fly to Egypt to stand with those in Raba’a Square and declare the ousting of Morsi illegitimate. She was denied entry.
The Syrians, the Saudis, the Emeriti folks are happy with the change; the Tunisians, the Iranians, and Gazans aren’t. Everyone seems to have a say. The hidden agendas are clearly not hidden at all.
The media are no better. Some insist that democracy is at stake in Egypt calling the July 3rd events a military coup returning Egypt to Nasser’s time; others, such as Al Jezeera, claim Morsi the official leader and ongoing president flaming the present situation even further.
Egyptians are puzzled. Why are envoys, countries, and folks so interested in Egypt? Why the meddling and accusatory tone? Is it true interest or personal agendas, and how does Egypt react to all this?
Egyptians are asking themselves how the ousting of President Morsi is any different from the ousting of President Mubarak. The world watched as Mubarak reasoned with his people to extend his days, then later as he stepped down, and finally his detention, his shuttling between hospitals and prison, and his sentencing. No one moved a finger. The world watched and accepted. The world actually endorsed and advised Mubarak to step down. How starkly different the attitudes are.
But Egypt said it more than once: Morsi was by far worse than Mubarak. When Egyptians went out to the streets, they hoped to oust him as they did his predecessor. The difference is in the two presidents. Mubarak exited peacefully. Morsi would have never acted in a similar fashion. Power to Morsi’s MB was by far the most important matter. Nothing else was of consequence, even Egypt itself.
As these envoys come and go through Egypt, as countries denounce or applaud the happenings, as citizens around the world watch Egypt with envy or refute, Egyptians themselves await. They endorse what happened, realize that they are in good hands, and expect positive change. They also realize that the MB sit-ins are a thorn in the side of the new regime, but they’ve opted to leave matters in the hands of the able men and women in charge.
And today the Egyptian presidency put matters into perspective: Foreign delegations in Cairo are there to merely help the Muslim Brotherhood see ‘facts’ not to mediate, putting an end to the long-winded discussion re pardons, MB role in government, and the existence of MB at large. http://bit.ly/197kezf
For the sake of democracy, should Egyptians have waited Morsi’s expected removal in another three years? Should they have waited his presidency out?
The world should realize that Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood would never have left power. They would’ve, not through ballot boxes and elections but by hook or by crook, maintained an iron grip over Egypt forever, and they would have manipulated the world from this peaceful land.
Egypt has done the world a favour by stumping the MB’s growth any further. World: Egypt gave us the Muslim Brotherhood, but it also saved us from them.