November 3, 2013
Update: It is now being reported that Morsi's trial has been adjourned until January 8, 2014. (Source)
Amidst the ever-present social tension and potential for violence that has existed in Egypt since the election of Mohammed Morsi in 2012 and even more so since his ouster by the Egyptian military at the behest of the Egyptian people in 2013, the subsequent trial of Morsi for the ordering of violent crimes is set to become yet another catalyst for violence in the country. Thus, November 4, 2013, the day Morsi’s trial is set to begin, may very well ignite a nationwide explosion of protest and violence by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Many may be surprised at the nature of the charges against Morsi, especially after the public has been subjected to so much propaganda by Western media outlets regarding a “brutal crackdown” on Muslim Brotherhood “protesters” who, themselves, are largely portrayed as democracy-loving, secular, peaceful activists by these organizations. Reality, however, contradicts Western media narratives as it almost always does. Indeed, it was the Muslim Brotherhood itself that was responsible for the initiation and escalation of the violence all along.
Morsi has been formally charged and stands to face trial for the alleged incitement to murder protesters who were demonstrating in front of the Presidential palace in Cairo last December. He is being accused of ordering hundreds of Brotherhood thugs to attack secular demonstrators who had camped outside the palace in protest of his perversion, disregard, and dismembering of the Egyptian constitution. The violence lasted all through the night and left 10 people dead. 14 other Muslim Brotherhood officials are facing the same charges.
Nevertheless, the trial of Morsi will, for most Egyptians, no doubt rekindle memories of abusive power, corruption, and betrayal on the part of Morsi and the Brotherhood and, for that organization’s supporters, memories of the Brotherhood’s abrupt removal from power. This re-ignition will assuredly be used by the Brotherhood to encourage more nationwide demonstrations, a dangerous prospect for Egypt since such demonstrations by the Brotherhood almost always end in violence and destruction.
Yet, in addition to the Morsi trial, the sudden unannounced appearance of Skull and Bones John Kerry could easily be viewed as a last minute but coordinated attempt to stir up more anger amongst the Egyptian people and underhandedly encourage more violence, or at least increase the potential for violence. This is because Kerry stands as a polarizing figure to both the Egyptian people and Muslim Brotherhood supporters due to the government that he represents.
To the majority of the Egyptian people, the historical antipathy to the United States as a result of 30 years of support for dictator Mubarak, the engineering and support of the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi , the recent cut off of aid to Egypt, and the application of pressure to General Sisi and the interim Egyptian government remain a very real source of irritation. To the Muslim Brotherhood supporters, the lack of more direct and open assistance to the Muslim Brotherhood serves as a source of anger. Thus, Kerry’s presence in Egypt, particularly during a time that is already filled with tension, might itself serve as yet another incitement to division, destabilization, and violence.
Of course, it should be pointed out that, while the majority of the Egyptian people called for Morsi’s removal from power, it is not merely Morsi the man that is the main target of their anger and resentment. It is the Muslim Brotherhood as an organization and political entity.
However, it is also important to remember that if Egypt once again becomes engulfed in violence and chaos, and the worldwide corporate media outlets predictably begin to howl about what they will claim is a government “crackdown” and repression, it is the Muslim Brotherhood that has been responsible for the violence ever since Morsi was rightfully deposed.
This is not to say, of course, that the Egyptian military will never engage in human rights abuses or initiate violence. In this instance, however, it is important to remember the track record of the factions pitted against one another. Such a track record cannot help but hurt the case of the Muslim Brotherhood.
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