|Sunday, July 14, 2013||ISSUE #766|
The Egypt upheaval: one view from Cairo
Here are my friend’s comments: For the election after Mubarak was ousted, the Moslem Brotherhood (MB) nominated Mohamed Morsi, an Islamist activist, who ran on a platform centered on a massive development project of Egypt called the Renaissance Project. Among 20 candidates, Morsi came in first in the first round, and before the second and final round he identified several sources of corruption in government spending and promised to correct them if elected. Based largely on those promises Morsi won the presidency by a narrow margin (51.7%) and took office June 30, 2012. He proceeded to ignore his promised changes and dropped the Renaissance Project.
After Morsi was installed, a House of Representatives was elected and functioned. Morsi appointed an Assembly (70 percent Islamists) to draft a new Constitution. It was only a matter of time when the liberal and secular members of the Assembly walked out because they were outvoted on every single issue and felt useless.
Five weeks after Morsi took office, Islamist terrorists killed 16 Egyptian soldiers on the border with the Gaza strip. Morsi promptly dismissed the former army leadership and promoted Gen. Abdel Al-Sisi, head of military intelligence, to Defense Minister and General Commander of the Armed Forces. A campaign was hastily arranged in the Sinai to weed out the terrorists. In a few days, it killed and captured dozens of terrorists and destroyed hundreds of illegal tunnels between Egypt and Gaza. Then, without explanation, Morsi stopped the campaign.
It is reported that, as former head of military intelligence, Al-Sisi uncovered evidence that the Moslem Brotherhood (MB) planned the attack on the soldiers in order to get rid of the former army leadership. He also uncovered evidence that during the 2011 revolution against Mubarak, Hamas of Gaza, Hezballah of Lebanon and those same Sinai terrorists attacked an Egyptian prison with bulldozers to knock the walls and heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, killed prison guards and inmates, and freed 33 MB leaders, including Morsi.
When Morsi stopped the Sinai campaign, he was simply protecting those who freed him and was keeping the illegal tunnels open to Gaza to serve Hamas, at the expense of all Egyptians.
While violating the constitution left and right, Morsi dismissed the Attorney General in a flagrant violation of the Egyptian Constitution, both old and new, and appointed a new Attorney General ready to do the MB dirty work.
Egyptians poured into the streets around the presidential palace protesting the decree. He ignored them and sent the MB militia to blockade the Supreme Court and prevent the judges from entering, blockade the Broadcasting Media studios and prevent "unfriendly" talk shows hosts and guests from entering, and to break the protests around the palace. The militia tortured and killed many protestors around the palace. His Attorney General refused to intervene. In the mean time, the Assembly produced a "tailored" constitution overnight that gave Morsi unprecedented powers, rendered his decisions immune from review by the parliament or the courts, and deleted any mention of accountability, let alone impeachment.
Egyptians screamed that this was not going to work but he ignored that and concentrated on appointing MB Islamists in key government positions. He appointed a governor for Luxor who was the leader of the terrorist group that committed the 1997 massacre of about 64 European tourists in Luxor! His Minister of Tourism resigned over this. By hook and crook, Morsi jammed this down our throats. We had a dictator second to none.
Al-Sisi uncovered evidence and has documents proving that Morsi plus three other top MB leaders conceded 40 percent of the Sinai to the Palestinians in return for 8 billion dollars, which the US is paying them and/or the Moslem Brotherhood over four years. There is a public inquiry into these secret documents. No Egyptian can concede a square centimeter of Egyptian soil to any other country. If the story is true, it is treason.
That’s a view from Egypt. My friend closed by asking if I knew whether Congress is investigating the $8 billion land-for-Palestinians deal. With all the media attention on the Zimmerman trial, I have not heard anything about this deal. Have you?
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