Egypt Muslim Brotherhood Slams Hypocrisy of Western Governments
|Monday, October 21,2013 08:06|
For so long, the West boasted that it represented a free world, superior in terms of political and human rights principles and values – like democracy, which gives sovereignty to the people and recognizes their right to self-determination and their right to choose their own rulers through fair elections, and through which the devolution of power can be achieved, and like the right of the legislative authority to monitor the government.
The West also took pride in defining human rights, the most important of which being freedom of assembly, expression and demonstration. The West further boasted that it laid the foundations of international institutions and civil rights organizations, as well as the courts of justice which held to account all those who committed crimes against peoples or against humanity, or committed war crimes.
While the West showed commitment to these principles within its various states, its governments were removing regimes in third world countries whenever they felt their interests were not served, even if those regimes were legitimately elected in a perfectly democratic way, as happened in Chile, for example.
Indeed, the West did not hesitate to invade some countries under false pretenses, even in spite of United Nations decisions, as happened in Iraq, where more than a million people were killed, with several million more displaced, tearing the state apart and inciting a sectarian war.
As for human rights, the macabre inhuman practices in Abu Ghraib, Bagram and Guantanamo prisons, and the kidnapping and torture of people in a number of countries contradict the West’s claim of respecting human rights.
Even worse, Western countries supported dictators and tyrants who crushed their people and plundered their wealth, and provided these rulers with weapons and instruments of torture, and perhaps even economic ‘aid’, for decades – so long as these rulers carried out their orders and executed their policies.
Then, they began to wonder ‘why do these peoples hate us’? As if what they're doing deserves the love and thanks of these peoples.
The peoples rose in revolt after suffering for too long, and toppled their repressive rulers. In response, governments of the West began to admit they were wrong in supporting these tyrannical rulers, and began calling for implementation of democracy and for respect for human rights and freedoms. We thought they absorbed the lesson.
In Egypt, we set out on the path of democratic transformation. It became clear that the popular will – as expressed through all elections held in the country – tends to support Islamists and their approach, while "friends" of the West in Egypt failed in every election.
Evidently, the elected President of Egypt was endeavoring for freedom and independence for the county, for achieving self-sufficiency in food, medicine and weapons. He worked tirelessly to strengthen Egypt's relations with many countries around the world, to start giant national economic projects, and to attract huge investments from all parts of the world.
All these endeavors were perceived to be against the interests of the governments of the West, especially the US, and against their hegemony. Islam, freedom, independence and extended international relations are certainly hated by the West and America.
Ultimately, US President Barack Obama said that Egypt was no longer an ally of America. Then, Western governments went back to their old habits, trying to overthrow the regime. The US spent tens of millions of dollars in order to abort the elected regime and the Revolution, according to Faiza Abul-Naga, Minister of International Investment, during investigations of the foreign funding of NGOs. More billions were spent by some Arab states fearful of democracy, right under the nose of the West and with its blessing.
Followers of the West, Egyptian politicians who lost each and every election since the January 25 Revolution, did their worst to overthrow the elected President and to undermine the nascent democratic experience, using corruption money and criminal thugs to cause chaos and sabotage.
The so-called deep state conspired with those failed politicians, led by the Ministry of Interior, as many members of the judiciary openly expressed rejection of the new democratic regime and supported remnants of the Mubarak regime and businessmen affiliated with the old corrupt regime.
Media institutions, owned by Mubarak-affiliated businessmen, joined the deep state players, as they all conspired to stop serving the interests of the people, which affected citizens’ daily living.
This led some citizens to express discontent with the regime. In this climate, presidents and ambassadors of a large number of Western countries began putting pressure on the legitimately elected President to give up his constitutional powers to a new prime minister they named, thus becoming a merely honorary president, in order to abort his liberation and independence endeavors – using what they called a ‘soft approach’.
When Egypt’s President did not succumb to Western pressures, those countries began to incite the army to intervene to remove the President and overthrow the regime. Many meetings took place between the military generals and a number of Western diplomats, some of whom started preparing the West to accept a military coup.
The masterminds’ plot for this coup was that opponents of the regime should come out in a demonstration, then the President is removed from office, abducted, and kept incommunicado at a secret location.
According to the coup plot, the Constitution was also to be suspended, a temporary president was then to be appointed, and all TV channels that support the President would be shuttered.
The Security forces were to launch a campaign of mass arrests of Muslim Brotherhood leaders as well as leaders of parties that support the President. Needless to say, all these steps of the traitorous plot have indeed been executed.
Immediately, the African Union suspended Egypt's membership due to the military coup overturning the democratic regime. Meanwhile, unfortunately, American and European Union governments pretended to hesitate, supposedly because they did not know exactly what to call the power-grab in Egypt… a military coup or what?
Those remain apparently undecided, even now after the treasonous defense minister appointed an interim president, suspended the Constitution, committed horrendous massacres in which his forces killed five thousand Egyptian citizens, wounded more than ten thousand, and arrested another ten thousand, imposed a state of emergency and a curfew… amongst many other well-known unspeakable acts of repression and terror.
Now, although the defense ministry has become the authority that orders all other ministries and religious institutions (Al-Azhar and the Church included) as well as the media, instructing them as to what they should be doing, still Western countries claim they do not know that what happened in Egypt is a military coup.
This is the height of hypocrisy, contradicting everything the Western world is traditionally proud of, and proves that Africa is more honest and more committed to high principles than those hypocrites. Amazingly, general public opinion, the media and scientific and research institutions in the West did declare that what happened is a bloody brutal dictatorial military coup.
The strangest thing of all is that the ambassadors of many of these countries and senior officials in the ministries of foreign affairs of these countries came to Egypt in desperate attempts to convince the leaders of the Anti-Coup Pro-Legitimacy National Alliance to stop the nonviolent demonstrations and peaceful protest sit-ins, to accept the new ‘situation’ and to cooperate with the putschist fascists and murderers, in wanton disregard and contempt for all the high principles of democracy and human rights which they were so fervently preaching and of which they so haughty boasted all over the world.
Egyptians still remember the eloquent speech President Obama gave at Cairo University, in which he promised improvement of US relations with the Muslim world, called for commitment to the principles of democracy, and affirmed that the US will support democratic transition. Yet, today the US, and the West at large, is giving up on these principles, turning away from those promises, favoring the repressive dictatorship, and collaborating with the putschist killers.
Can the US and the West still turn around and ask “Why do they hate us”?
If they support the military, can the military install a democratic regime?
Obviously, they support the fascist dictatorship while they preach democracy. This is the very Epitome of hypocrisy.
Egyptians took solid steps on the path of democratization, conducted fair and transparent elections and referendums witnessed by the whole world, chose their President, approved the Constitution and elected the Parliament. All these democratic achievements were suddenly crushed by the military under the treads of tanks.
After all that, can Egyptians have faith in any democratic process? Perhaps they can. But then, any military general can crush the new democratic process, so long as he has the tanks and the guns, and so forth.
No-one should think for one moment that we want the West to stand with or behind us. The truth is that we reject all foreign interference in the affairs of our country. We strive for freedom and independence from all foreign domination.
What we want is for Western governments to take a stance consistent with what the principles they preach, and stop their long established habit of supporting brutal dictatorships, so they would never have to turn around and again ask “why do they hate us”?
The Muslim Brotherhood, Cairo: October 20, 2013