Abel-Moneim Habib talking with students at Menoufia U. Fall,2012
(From Abdel-Moneim Habib , a professor at Menoufia University in Egypt with whom I met while in Egypt last fall)
The sad turn of events in Egypt after the break-up of the anti-government sit-ins in two Muslim Brotherhood supporters encampment has left many people in Egypt and abroad at a loss. The mayhem perpetrated by the MB supporters and sympathizers should not be condoned. That is the reason that many an Egyptian feels betrayed by the stance taken by the US, France, and Turkey among others vis a vis the will of the masses in Egypt.
It is weird that the US administration, with a background of shameful history of human rights violation, preaches calm and restraint on the side of the Egyptian government. Many an Egyptian found that turning a blind eye to victimizing Egyptian Copts by the Western government is unacceptable. The Muslim Brotherhood supporters who carried and fired automatic weapons at police and other establishments are portrayed as victims of police brutality. But torching Coptic churches and Christian owned businesses and property pass without being given a wave of condemnation by the US, French and other Western administrations.
The Muslim Brotherhood has a dark history of violence directed to fellow Egyptians regardless of their religion. They would follow every measure to achieve their goals. They exported the image of the victim who was robbed of the democratically won throne of Egypt. Having lost the battle of the Rabaa and Nahda sit-ins they vowed to anybody live in peace. They would cross any limits to convince a credulous West of their cause. The secrets of the sad events in Rabaa still wait to unravel.
The accusations of police brutality and use of extreme force which led to the fatalities will have many explanations. In a telling comment (by a reader to the editor) on a related article (on Thursday August 15, 2013), a very witty view is revealed. It is worthwhile to quote it all here: “How do we know that the Muslim Brotherhood did not kill a large portion of these victims just to make the interim government look bad and to muster sympathy as well as recruit more potential "martyrs" for future bloody demonstrations?
I certainly would not put it past the Muslim Brotherhood to act in this way.” This refers to the brutality and terrorist strategy followed by the Muslim Brotherhood and Mohamed Morsi supporters. They spread mayhem, chaos, assassination and a scorched earth tactics and claim they are victims. Please everybody, make no mistake, the true victims of the Muslim Brotherhood terror are the poor peace-loving majority of the Egyptian people, whether they were Christians or Muslims.
Greg Tuke teaches and travels internationally, working with university faculty in India, Indonesia and the MIddle East, sharing strategies for implementing international collaborations within course work. This blog chronicles key experiences and insights about those experiences. All opinions expressed are mine, and represent no other institutional affiliation.