Brotherhood sees Egypt "coup" fuelling hatred of West

CAIRO Sat Jul 6, 2013 7:13pm EDT

Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans during a protest near Cairo University in Cairo July 6, 2013. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans during a protest near Cairo University in Cairo July 6, 2013.

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood believes Western governments fully supported the military overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi, a decision it says will fuel hatred towards the United States and Europe and ultimately backfire on them.

Mohamed El-Beltagi, a senior Brotherhood politician, said everyone would lose, including the West, from violence that could result from the removal of Mursi - Egypt's first freely elected head of state who served just one year in office.

"We feel, with great regret, that the international community is somehow intervening in recognition and support of the military coup," Beltagi told Reuters in an interview.

"This restores the state of hatred towards those European and American nations whose states always stand with despotic regimes against nations looking for freedom," he added.

His remarks point to Islamist anger at Western states over their failure to punish the military for toppling Mursi in a move spurred on by mass protests against his rule.

Beltagi also flagged concerns that Mursi's removal would trigger violence by Islamists who would see no point in democratic processes that the mainstream Brotherhood had worked hard to bring them into.

To the Islamists, the West's policy towards Mursi's removal marks a return to the double standards of the Hosni Mubarak era. During his 30 years in power, Egypt received billions of dollars of aid from Europe and the United States, but made little or no progress towards democracy.

Both the United States and the European Union have refrained from calling the army's removal of Mursi a coup - a label that would likely result in sanctions against a country of vital strategic importance, sitting at the crossroads of three continents and bordering Israel.

The United States, which donates $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt each year, expressed "deep concern".

And the European Union, Egypt's biggest civilian donor, called for a speedy return to democratic process.

But neither condemned the takeover. The army says it was responding to the popular will - a view echoed by liberal and leftist groups.

Beltagi said Europe and America had shown themselves to be "supporters of despotism, and supporters of oppression". Accepting the legitimacy of the army takeover was tantamount to accepting the "law of the jungle", he said.

"I WILL NOT LEAVE"

He was speaking at a Muslim Brotherhood protest camp outside a mosque in northeast Cairo. The group has said it will stay in the street until Mursi returns to the presidency. The alternative, it says, is passive resistance until death.

"Our bare chests are stronger than bullets," said Beltagi.

Several of the group's top leaders have been arrested since Mursi was toppled and detained by the army.

Beltagi said he had narrowly avoided arrest two days ago when around a dozen men in plain clothes had tried to snatch him from the protest. They were stopped by Brotherhood supporters.

"I am here, I will not leave," he said.

After Mubarak was swept from power in 2011, Western states engaged the Brotherhood - a banned movement under Mubarak - and recognized Mursi as a democratically elected leader.

U.S. policy towards the Brotherhood angered its liberal opponents, who accused Washington of cozying up to the group.

Now, it is the other way around: the Islamists are accusing Washington of siding with the liberals. Some even go as far as claiming the United States had a role in what happened.

Responding to such claims, President Barack Obama said on Saturday the United States was not taking sides.

While the Brotherhood "has not and will not resort to violence", Beltagi has warned that Mursi's ouster risks pushing other Islamists to use force, echoing concern that it will radicalize youths angered by the failure of democracy.

He said: "When they see that the democratic experience has been quashed within one year ... and that constitutions have no value ... it could push others to despair and then violence in which I think everyone will lose, including the Western powers."

(Editing by Mike Collett-White)

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Reuters1945 wrote:
Despite attempts by representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood to claim they have been unjustly and illegally overthrown in a Military type “coup”, a detailed, non-biased, objective examination of the factual history of events from the time the Muslim Brotherhood gained power until they lost the power (which they so knowingly abused), paints a very different story.

In fact it is a miracle they managed to hold on to that power for as long as they did whilst the country was hemorrhaging jobs, justice and its dwindling economic resources from every pore of its body.

The history of the countless injustices which were inflicted by the Muslim Brotherhood upon the long suffering people of Egypt will go down in history along with the many punishments that were inflicted upon the children of Israel by the Pharaohs of Old.

While people may attempt to paint the Egyptian Army as interested only in furthering their own ends and agenda and perhaps accused, whilst it is not a hard and proven fact, to be puppets of American interests, no one can deny the fact that as of today, at least, the Egyptian Army has prevented a political bloodbath of Biblical proportions from descending upon the people of Egypt.

As pointed out by so many others, no long term good can ever come to any country where religious fanatics and extremists manage to gain control of the government. Once that event takes place all purported “free elections” must be viewed with utmost suspicion.

The fact that all international tourism to Egypt, something that comprised such a mammoth proportion of the country’s national income, had almost totally dried up, spoke volumes about the state of the nation and the degree that outsiders believed they were safe inside its borders.

From the distance of time and historical hindsight, it may well happen that the world will look back upon the recent events of July, 2013 in Egypt as a defining moment in which it was demonstrated that every so often in history a government that is not serving the best interests of ALL its citizens, can and must be removed from power and that on certain occasions, it is the Armed Forces of that nation which can assist in that endeavor.

Indeed, the Egyptian Army, though much maligned in some quarters, can be seen as the instrument by which the people of Egypt, of so many differing religions and cultures, were delivered from a Fate, in the person of the Muslim Brotherhood, that was growing ever more threatening by the month.

In light of the realities so clearly spelled out and described in detail by another Commentator, who posts under the name “Robert Frost”, there was no way on this Earth that the situation could be allowed to continue for another three years until the next “Election”.

To paraphrase another “Robert Frost”, that being the famous American poet, Robert Frost, a very difficult “choice had to be made” by the Army of Egypt at a critical moment in time, to prevent their nation from following in the footsteps of present day Syria where massive bloodshed, anarchy, chaos and daily atrocities committed by all sides but especially by outside fanatical extremist elements, has become the order of the day.

And that difficult choice has made all the difference !

The famous poem I allude to is worth including here.

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN

Robert Frost (1874ā€“1963). Mountain Interval. 1920.

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and Iā€”
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Jul 06, 2013 8:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Big2Tex wrote:
I believe it is near time the military steps in and ousts Barrack Obama from his tyranny and oppression against half of the American population in favor of his despotic brotherhood of corrupt socialists. I would heartily support such an action. Throw the bum out and lets vote again.

Jul 06, 2013 9:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
town wrote:
It is a tragedy for political Islam. Democracy is not just about elections. Legitimacy comes from the people. There is a contract to respect. The Morsi government overstepped its legitimacy. It put Sharia before human rights and economic wellbeing.

The US government has also overstepped its legitimacy by spying on its people and friends.

But in Egypt today there is still the freedom to object and a million and more took to the streets. Fat chance of that being possible in the US.

By the same tokens of a government needing to respect all peoples within its borders, Israel has been on the wrong road for a very long time. Those roads could be named Democracy and Destruction. Conspiracy theorists will have a field day with this “coup”.

Jul 06, 2013 9:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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