When the Muslim Brotherhood leadership was overthrown in Egypt, no one envisaged the wrath that followed. Egyptians, euphoric, believed that Egypt returned to them and that things couldn’t be rosier.
No one perceived the hatred and terrorism that would come about soon afterwards. You see, earlier Egyptians had lived through two revolutions where a king and a president were overthrown. Both King Farouk’s and President Mubarak’s stepping down were peaceful, honourable, and dignified, but what followed in Ex-President Morsi’s case was a cold-blooded assault on Egypt. As far as the Muslim Brotherhood members were concerned, “If we can’t rule Egypt, we will cause its demise.”
Today, every possible way to destroy Egypt is being utilized. First, the raw ugly face of terrorism hovers over Egypt, be it in Sinai or elsewhere. Yes, we may not be able to confirm the Muslim Brotherhood’s hand in such manifestations, but an allegiance of some sort, even if it is a ideological one binds such groups together. And allegiance to the Islamist cause is what renders Sinai a hot spot.
Not only are Egyptian men dying in Sinai, but also other menacing displays of hatred occur anywhere accessible and everywhere reachable. And you know what, just about every hurdle Egypt is suffering from today is directly related to the rancour and malice in these unconsolable souls called the Muslim Brotherhood members.
Muslim Brotherhood members live amongst us handling decisive decisions, manipulating businesses, and “illuminating” our children. Their allegiance to the MB never sways, and they will do anything to have them in power again.
The infiltration of the Ministry of Electricity led to power shortages and destruction of power lines and towers. Egyptians were fuming then as their children studied in pitch-black, 40-degree nights. Had the government not intervened to break the destructive cycle to power outages, Egyptians would’ve gone to the streets, yet again, unaware of the premeditated malice.
Terrorism in Sinai, the bombing of the Russian plane over Sinai, the EgyptAir plane that ended in the Mediterranean, and the murder of Giulio Regeni are all ploys to finish off whatever remains of Egyptian tourism. End result, Egypt has a currency shortage; most Red Sea resorts are deserted, and those in the industry are going bankrupt; the manpower, idle; the liquidity, unavailable.
Another clear and visible danger is the catapulting dollar. In a matter of three years the dollar has jumped to almost double what it stood for in 2013. The dollar bounced a whole pound in the last day or so. The aim is clear: destroy the economy, throw the country into disarray, build a momentum of dissatisfaction, and open the door for another round of leaders.
However, as far as the dollar is concerned, it can’t keep going up since the buyers are paying upfront a price that doesn’t seem logical. Yes, the Egyptian currency is losing ground, but the hike in the black market is costly. Or will they never run out of money?
The picture is clear: Egypt is facing a war it has never faced before, a war waged against its very existence.
One option to all this comes to mind: Eradicate opponents as Erdoğan eradicated his. Erdoğan retaliated against his enemies with an iron fist, an indiscriminate crackdown on any trace of dissent. Just about every single institution across Turkey was given a hard blow. Schools and universities, media, the judiciary, the security apparatus, charities, civil servants, airline employees, and more—a purging act like no other.
Turkey and Erdoğan will suffer, no doubt about it, in the long run. Erdogan caused a tidal wave, its results are catastrophic, and those whose lives got sharply derailed will retaliate.
Some say we should’ve gone that route.
The current regime in Egypt, in an act like Erdoğan’s, could’ve quickly gotten rid of the Muslim Brotherhood, those imprisoned and those on the loose and incognito. The strategy could’ve been the faster we go after them the better. Bear in mind many Egyptians are calling for this furious annihilation of the enemies.
Egypt is wise enough not to have gone that route. Yes, we are suffering, and, yes, our men are dying in Sinai, and our economy is on the brink of failure; however, when we split the country into followers and adversaries, of Muslim Brotherhood members and Egyptians, we end up dividing the country, something Morsi did, Donald Trump is planning on doing, and Erdoğan will pay dearly for in the long run, and something we in Egypt need to avoid. Besides the Muslim Brotherhood have proved to be by far more vindictive than any other group, in Turkey or elsewhere.
Let Erdoğan handle his country the way he wishes, and let Egypt handle its own challenges the way it sees fit.