Mark Steyn makes it super clear that Boston Bombing, beheading of British Soldier, and other terrorist acts could have been prevented if Western law enforcement agencies took the terrorists for their word. However, it seems UK rather oppress it’s own citizens than protect them
Since January 25 2011 revolution in Egypt we watched young passionate idealist revolutionaries fooled by Muslim Brotherhood group over and over again. All climaxed during Egyptian presidential elections 2012 when we were faced with grim choice between Ahmed Shafik a former PM for Mubarak and probably a close ally on one hand and Mohamed Morsi a Muslim Brotherhood leader on the other hand. Although most Egyptians wanted neither men to rule Egypt considering what they both represent, but unfortunately political Islam and Mubarak era forces were the only 2 organized forces at the time. Revolutionaries were split into either boycotting elections or voting for Mursi. Even revolutionaries who boycotted the elections rallied against voting for Shafik and labeled it as treason. They even insulted all those who voted for shafik. Election results came in Mursi favor by a thin majority of 1% which confirms beyond doubt that revolutionaries were the tipping force in electing Muhamed morsi as president of Egypt. Another thing came as a result for this elections it was clear for one reason or another Ahmed shafik has a large popularity in Egypt.
As time went by it became clear to everyone including revolutionaries themselves that Mursi and the brotherhood fooled them (as expected) and ignored all their promises to fulfill the revolutionaries demands. Regular Egyptians watched in horror to see all their dreams and hopes for better life shatters with the Muslim brotherhood failures in governing the country.
Recently a new frank group named ‘Tamarod” (Arabic for rebellious) were formed with aime to impeach Mursi by gathering 15 million signatures from Egyptians whom don’t want Mursi as president anymore. The group collected more than 3 million signatures so far after 3 weeks from it was started and aims to reach 15 million by June 30 2013. I don’t think there is any legal basis in which the group can remove Morsi from presidency, but still if they managed to achieve their goal collecting 15 million votes, it could be at least a significant embarrassment for Morsi and the Brotherhood. Tamarod are gaining a lot of support among all Egyptians who are not Muslim Brotherhood group members.
Tamarod leaders are all revolutionaries and most of them voted for Morsi during the presidential elections. To them Ahmed Shafik still considered an enemy. I do hope they understand they must change their mind and accept Ahmed Shafik and his supporters if they are keen on achieving their goal, otherwise things will be very difficult for all of us.
Many Egyptians are putting a lot of hope on Tamarod movement and hoping it achieves it’s goal for forcing Morsi to resign and make a new presidential elections. Will it happen?
If Tamarod managed to stay focused on their mission and keep united for all Egyptians who are not Muslim Brotherhood, even then still achieving their goal won’t be an easy task considering the nature of Muslim Brotherhood group, and the apparent support they are getting from the United States. One thing is apparent so far Muslim Brotherhood is feeling uneasy about Tamarod activities and trying to halt it by all legal and illegal means.
June 30 2013 is just a month from now, things will get much clear by then.
Growing up in Egypt during the 80s I witnessed a transformation of Egypt from a tolerant society where people lived in religious harmony into a more divided sectarian society, sometimes tensed and even violent other times. It was the rise of Islamism times. We (Christians of Egypt) could watch the Egyptian society (overwhelmingly influenced by Islam) getting more Islamist every year and symptoms were as clear as Darwin’s evolution chart. You can simply see number of men growing beards and wearing the white gelabiya while women wearing veils and even burka growing dramatically, number of mosques increasing, loud speakers during Azan getting louder. Another very important symptom accompanied the more Islamic look our society adopted was more animosity towards Christians in Egypt that reached violence in many instances. We Christians reacted by withdrawing from public life and reaching back to our Coptic (native Egyptian) roots to become our identity. We Christians could see the transformation of Egypt Moslems in our closest friends. Egyptian Moslems in their turn could be classified into 3 groups, one group who turn into hardcore islamists (believing Islam their identity not Egypt) , second group and I think it was the majority is the confused group, and third group which was not big in numbers were straight out seculars.
Since Muslim brotherhood took control of Egypt society changed dramatically and became split into 2 groups pro islamists group and anti islamists group. Anti islamists group include all Egyptian Christians and big percentage of Egyptian Muslims. The old confused muslim group became almost none existent. From Muslim point of view I think anti islamists Muslims realized for the first time the danger of Islamism on their way of life and on Islam as they understand it. Christians on the other hand was able for the first time to draw a clear line between islamists and Muslims. Current clash in Egyptian society is between 2 different islams, one Islam that is tolerant, modern, and humane. Another Islam (Islamism) that is exclusive and not tolerant and mostly outdated. Which Islam will win? I don’t know the answer to this question. The answer will not just affect Egypt but it will affect the whole world and I can go further by saying it will affect life on earth. As Christians we can help Muslims against Islamists by drawing a clear line between attacking Islamists and attacking Islam.
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