Archive for January, 2014

It seems we must get used to the nature of a different life that the Muslim Brotherhood and those affiliated with it have decided to impose on us. As I’ve mentioned before, the Brotherhood has to decide either to rule us or kill us.

The result now is that our mornings have become different.Abdellatif Elmenawy

What this black organization is doing has become a worrisome presence in our lives as morning dailies and shows mainly feature the Brotherhood’s bloody actions.

A few days ago, we woke up to the news of a horrifying explosion at the Cairo Security Directorate in one of the oldest and most crowded Egyptian neighborhoods in the Bab al-Khalq area.

A booby-trapped car exploded in front of the directorate’s building, killing four people and injuring 76 others.

Later on, news came out that an army recruit was martyred and nine policemen were injured after an explosion went off in front of a police station on Tahrir street in the Dokki district.

Afterwards, there was news that an explosion went off on Al-Harm street. Then there was another explosion on Al-Harm.

We are now afraid of awaking to such news every day. It’s a disturbing feeling and I am afraid that’s how life will become. They want the Egyptian people to awake to such mornings full of blood, murder and violence.

The Brotherhood’s duplicity

The Brotherhood, which submitted a fake apology to youth parties in an attempt to get them to join the organization at the Jan. 25 protests, exposed its true intentions through these bloody mornings they are causing, in which dozens of martyrs fell victim.

Many have also fallen victim to the Brotherhood’s gunfire during its protests. But the organization continues to lie again. One of their activists wrote a blog post saying that others are threatened by the group’s intellect because of their educational approach of aiming to establish a Muslim society.

He wrote that such an approach will establish a social category which believes that “God is our aim, the prophet is our model, the Qur’an is our constitution and dying for the sake of God is our major wish.”

The Brotherhood only believes in deception. Their religion is dissimulation. They either deceive youths in the name of Islam, God, the Qur’an, the prophet or jihad for the sake of brainwashing them and directing them as they want.

Abdel Latif el-Menawy

He also said that the West and East are threatened by the Brotherhood the most because the group believes in jihad, education and fighting corruption, adding that “the Brotherhood is a dawa group which started at mosques and which aims to reform society. Its approach is based on the Qur’an and Sunnah and its members include people from all social segments. This is why the Brotherhood poses a threat to secularism.”

Actions louder than words

The Brotherhood has echoed such statements in attempts to embellish its image. But even fools don’t buy this anymore. Which Muslim society do they speak of when they murder innocent people? And which educational approach is that which pushes them to mobilize their youths towards death?

The Brotherhood is good at nothing other than exploiting religion or exploiting the blood of those they’ve pushed towards death in an attempt to appear as victims.

It only believes in deception. Its religion is dissimulation. The group either deceives youths in the name of Islam, God, the Qur’an, the prophet or jihad for the sake of brainwashing them and directing them as they want.

The Brotherhood also issues false statements to youth parties apologizing for misleading them and promising them political participation without realizing that such statements have been made before only to be forgotten once the organization has seized power.

No one buys the Brotherhood’s statements anymore. The blood being shed in the streets every day and the acts of targeting innocent people who only seek a secure country have become the real barrier between the Brotherhood and the people.

The Brotherhood’s threat that it will mobilize its youths to take to the streets on Jan. 25 and that they won’t return home is yet another piece of  irrefutable proof to its terrorist actions.

What’s certain is that the lesson is over. What’s also certain is that Egypt will overcome all this. January will pass like other Januarys have passed. The Egyptians have learned their lesson or rather they have learned all the lessons throughout the past three years.

They are aware of who has deceived them in the name of religion. What’s also certain is that the Brotherhood chose the path of terrorism themselves. It has become hostile towards the Egyptians and has started killing them.

The referendum’s result was surprising to those who did not expect so many Egyptians to vote. Our first lesson from it is what we’ve tried to explain to the Islamists for so long: democracy is not only about ballot boxes but also about additional steps we must be aware of as we move towards implementing the map of the future.

The first of these steps is meeting the demands of the millions who voted and called for stability and salvation from the state, which has been in chaos for three years.Abdellatif Elmenawy

But the most important lesson is that legitimacy of ballot boxes is not exclusive to one particular political faction and that the Muslim Brotherhood no longer has the right to scream in defense of their so-called “legitimacy.”

The Egyptians’ voting on the constitutional amendments made the Brotherhood realize that the last fig leaf has fallen and that the group can no longer exploit the votes of the poor who rejected them after realizing the extent to which they were exploited.

Abdel Latif el-Menawy

The millions who voted on the referendum have succeeded in imposing new legitimacy and cancelling what the Brotherhood used to consider legitimacy for itself and for its existence – considering that it only recognizes the ballot boxes as a sign of rightfulness.

The exploitation of the Muslim Brotherhood

The Islamists have exploited the ballot boxes for long time. They also exploited the poor people who voted for them by promising them heaven and in exchange of sugar and oil.

The Islamists thought they had monopolized the ballot boxes and that they had figured out how to mobilize the masses towards them. They also thought that when they boycotted the referendum, the polling stations would be empty as a result.

This is what its websites and TV channels tried to make everyone think. But footage from global media outlets exposed its lies or rather terrified them of the thousands who lined up to vote without being subject to political games, without getting the Brotherhood’s sugar and oil and without being promised heaven – which God did not for anyone. Those who voted did so to defend their country and to push it forward.

Unexpected outcome

The Brotherhood did not expect to be popularly rejected this much and it didn’t expect so many people to vote. Perhaps this explains its state of delirium after announcing the preliminary results of the referendum. This probably explains their attempt to set fire to universities and mobilize as much as possible on Friday; attempts to spoil the Egyptians’ happiness with their constitution and to distract attention from the fulfilled achievement.

The Egyptians’ voting on the constitutional amendments made the Brotherhood realize that the last fig leaf has fallen and that the group can no longer exploit the votes of the poor who rejected them after realizing the extent to which they were exploited.

Perhaps what really surprised the Brotherhood is that governorates which mostly voted for them during the presidential elections are the same ones whose majority rejected them and voted “yes” in the referendum.

Just the beginning

The lesson we learn from all what happened is not to commit the Brotherhood’s mistake and settle with the fact that millions lined up to vote. We must not just depend on the fact that the percentage of voting on this referendum exceeded all referendum percentages in Egypt’s history. We must think of the second step.

The constitutional referendum is not the end of the path but it’s actually the beginning. The state has so many measures to take in order to get rid of the past’s wounds and restore its previous status.

It’s our right to celebrate the result of the referendum and to celebrate our people who repeatedly amaze the world. But while doing so, we must think of the next step and we must take this step and not disappoint the hopes of millions.

During the 2011 constitutional referendum, tension and enthusiasm reigned while during the 2012 referendum, anger did. I remembered this as I stood in line yesterday awaiting my turn to vote. Most those waiting were calm and determined. That’s what I sensed most.

They patiently waited their turn as they optimistically smiled. Everyone stood in line praying for Egypt and exchanging conversations on the upcoming hope. A loud ululation is heard. Everyone laughed and one person asked: “What’s going on in there? Why the celebrations?”430141_148983255224099_601152695_a

Many people answered saying: “[A woman] is happy for Egypt.” None of those standing were disturbed by a number of policemen and soldiers being deployed to protect against any Muslim Brotherhood insanity. On the contrary, the security forces’ presence made them feel reassured.

Faded habit

I can still recall how when we were kids, our parents used to dress us in military uniforms during national holidays. This habit faded with time and now it’s almost gone. In recent years and especially when the Brotherhood and some of its supporters managed to distance the army from some societal segments, it appeared that the army lost a lot of its presence among the people. It appeared like a gap will widen by the day.

Some people are claiming that voting on the referendum is tantamount to voting on the desire that Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi runs for presidency. This might be true.

Abdel Latif el-Menawy

 

The Brotherhood made efforts to serve that end. One of the reasons and results behind the revolution that Egypt witnessed is the rekindling of that real relationship between the army and the people. Therefore I wasn’t surprised to see that some children who accompanied their parents on this day were dressed in military uniform. To them, it was cause for celebration.

A new step on the roadmap

This constitution is significant for finalizing several issues and beginning a new step in our journey. Since the Brotherhood and its supporters are aware of this, they are fiercely fighting to prevent against the referendum’s success. The referendum’s success would completely expose the Brotherhood and their legitimacy claims.

They’ve doubted that the polls will be legitimate, but these polls have created an obvious legitimacy that cannot be doubted. Some people are claiming that voting on the referendum is tantamount to voting on the desire that Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi runs for presidency. This might be true.

But I think there’s more to it. I think voting on the referendum ends all Brotherhood “legitimacy” claims and begins a new start for Egypt towards establishing a real civil state which main concern is the citizens and their livelihood. It’s a referendum on life against murder.

Majority approval

I have discussed Egypt’s situation with many English media and political figures during my visits to London. Before the Brotherhood’s constitution passed last year, these figures used to listen to my opinions, discuss them and understand them. But after that constitution passed, their responses focused on the fact that Egypt now has a constitution which the majority approved.

When I tried to argue about this constitution’s defects and the manner in which it passed, they used to say: “But that’s the constitution which the majority approved. You must deal with it as it’s become the chosen charter and everyone must respect it.”

This stance explains why the Brotherhood and its supporters are fighting to sink the most recent constitution.

Then it was my turn to vote, and I checked “Yes,” ticking that box more than once.

The recent statement made by the Qatar foreign affairs ministry holding the Egyptian government responsible for the increase of victims as a result of so called “peaceful protests” is the latest in a series of moves by Qatar to provoke Egypt.

It seems that Qatar’s provocation has trespassed all limits or that Egypt is about to run out of patience. The statement issued by Qatar’s rulers said: “Qatar (thinks) that the only solution in Egypt is holding dialogue among the political components of the society and state without eliminating or eradicating anyone.”Abdellatif Elmenawy

Challenging Egypt’s agenda

In a statement reported by a Qatari news agency, the foreign affairs ministry voiced its concern “of the increase of the number (of people) falling victims (as a result) of suppressing protests.”

The ministry also said that “the decision to designate political popular movements as terrorist organizations and describing protests as terrorist acts did not succeed at stopping peaceful protests but was only a prelude to increase the policy of shoot-to-kill against protesters.”

The statement added: “What happened and what’s happening in Egypt is proof that the security option, mobilization and confrontation do not lead to stability.”

This is how Qatar’s rulers insist to flagrantly interfere in Egyptian affairs. They have completely ignored all advice conveyed to them and the commitments their emir made when he signed a document that confirmed his commitment not to interfere in Egyptian affairs and to prevent his mouthpieces from attacking the country.

More than five weeks ago, a number of Qatari businessmen who visited Egypt said relations between the two countries will witness significant development during the next upcoming weeks.

A conflict of Qatari leadership

Some say that what’s happening in Egypt is a reflection of the internal struggle between the senior emir,  Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who left his post – some confirm he didn’t do so willingly – and his son, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who replaced him with the support of his mother and other parties.

They say that the senior emir and his paternal cousin, the former prime minister, are not satisfied with the change of power and as a result are directing their men against the new emir.

They also said that the “state’s deep institutions” are what is obstructing Qatar with its new leadership from acting positively towards the issue of relations with Egypt. Truth is, such statements seem to express aspirations rather than facts especially considering that Qatari behavior towards Egypt has not changed.

Qatar holding on to its stances proves that both the senior and the junior emirs agree on the situation in Egypt. Reality says that the Qatari government is greatly responsible for the terrorist and violent acts committed by the “terrorist” Muslim Brotherhood group of Egypt.

This is due to the financial and media support which Qatar is providing for the ‘terrorist’ group. The Egyptian government must take legal measures to address the Qatari government’s participation in these actions which international law criminalizes.

Egypt’s foreign affairs ministry spokesperson Badr Abdelatty said Egypt is dealing with Qatar as a brotherly country but he then added: “(Our) patience has its limits.”