Murderous Egyptian Bonapartes Pampered by Hypocrite Mentors
By Karamatullah K. Ghori, The Milli Gazette Online
Published Online: Aug 23, 2013
It would be massacre and a bloodbath by any name, in any lexicon. Egypt’s besotted, power-drunk and murderous generals are on a relentless rampage. But the outside world is witnessing the orgy of bloodletting like mute spectators. Not only that but powerful and affluent mentors of these murderers are, in fact, egging them on with tacit, and often articulated, endorsement of their crimes against their own people, if not against humanity.
The orgy of blood started on August 14 is still on with unrelenting ferocity and bestiality as these lines are being written.
August 14 will go down in Egyptian history as a day of infamy when Egypt’s power-addicted generals—at the behest of their powerful supporters in the western world, as it now transpires—went berserk in their bloodlust. That was the day when the six-week-old peaceful protest by the supporters of deposed President Mohammaad Morsi was set upon by Egypt’s foreign-armed forces as if they were not people but beasts of prey.
Used against unarmed protestors—men, women and children—were every weapon in the American-supplied arsenal of the Egyptian army: tanks, armored personnel carriers, helicopter gun-ships, mortars, tear-gas shells et. al..
As per the officially admitted figures of the army-controlled puppet interim regime of “President” Adly Mansour, at least 578 people were killed in what was casually described as a “security operation” against “terrorists” and “Al-Qaeda supporters.” But the actual casualty toll, according to the rough estimates compiled by the Muslim Brotherhood—the real target of the military and security operation—was at least 2600.
It doesn’t matter how many innocent people were killed, maimed or arrested by the military thugs and rogues of the disgraced Mubarak regime, who have been given a new lease of life by the Egyptian Bonapartes, because of their well-honed tactics of terrorising the Egyptian people.
But the carnage of August 14 wasn’t the end of the story. A conniving, corrupt and criminal bureaucracy—which had honed its skills under Hosni Mubarak’s thirty year-long unrelenting tyranny—waded in the next morning by refusing to give death certificates to the relatives and survivors of those killed. Instead of individual funerals, the authorities insisted on mass burials of the dead so that individual memories associated with the bloodbath may not coalesce.
Funerals were fired upon by goons of the regime, just as ambulances were shot at to thwart them from taking the injured to hospital. Al Jazeera Television, with its copious coverage of the massacre, showed doctors inside hospitals being fired on by thugs of the regime to prevent them from treating the wounded.
The 14 August carnage in the Brotherhood stronghold of Nasr City and the vicinity of Cairo University—which some commentators have compared to the Holocaust—was followed two days later, on August 16, with unrelenting cruelty when mourners and protestors against the massacre were targeted with impunity, as if the security forces of the regime were on a partridge shoot. More than a hundred mourners were killed in Cairo and Alexandria. But more was still to come when more than 700 of the mourners were besieged inside the historic Al Fatah mosque in the heart of Cairo, close to the famous Ramses Square. On their refusal to surrender to the security goons and vigilante thugs, they were terrorised as tear-gas shells were lobbed into the mosque, which was subsequently invaded by soldiers wearing full military gear and shoes.
Had a mosque, a house of god, been desecrated like this in a non-Muslim state, the Ummah would have risen as one in violent protest and condemnation of the act of sacrilege. But there was virtually a dead silence throughout the Muslim world as the sanctity of a grand mosque in the heart of the Arab world’s largest and most populous city was brazenly violated by the boots of Muslim soldiers at the service of a regime that apparently has no sanctity for shrines or human life.
However, the military junta ruling the roost in Egypt since July 3—when the popularly elected President Morsi was unceremoniously overthrown and taken hostage—has absolutely no remorse at its black deeds, or how casually it has shed the blood of its innocent people.
In his first televised address to the Egyptian people since the wanton massacre, General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi sounded as defiant and aggressive as he was the day he deposed the man who had anointed him from obscurity and elevated him to the head of the Egyptian armed forces in August 2012. Al-Sisi, sounding like a born-again Pharaoh warned that his security operation would go on against what he dismissed as a group of “terrorists” challenging his lawless regime.
It isn’t hubris or arrogance of unbridled power that alone could explain the murderous behaviour of the upstart Al Sisi and his minions, who quickly seem to have adopted the language and abrasive articulation of their foreign masters. Borrowing a leaf from his mentor-in-uniform, the pigmy puppet installed as Egypt’s interim PM, Hazem El-Beblawi, arrogantly informed the world that “there will be no reconciliation with those whose hands have been stained with blood.”
This is exactly the kind of phraseology that Israel has been using for decades in refusing to treat humanely the Palestinians at its mercy in the Occupied Land. And just as Israel and its western friends would have expected, the first act of the military junta was to close down dozens of those underground passages and tunnels linking Gaza with Egypt, which have been vital life-lines of much needed food and other essentials denied to the incarcerated Palestinians of Gaza under the Israeli blockade of their territory. Israel quickly complemented the junta’s treachery by using its drones to hound the people of Gaza and Egyptians of the Sinai friendly to them.
Taking cue from their Israeli and western mentors and pay-masters, the brutal military junta and their civilian cohorts—mainly hailing from Hosni Mubarak’s purblind and corrupt Deep State—have now been referring to the Muslim Brotherhood and its followers as “fascists” and “terrorists” deserving no mercy because they are “conspirators” who must be ruthlessly “crushed” and “wiped out.” They are calling the Brotherhood legions of observant and dutiful Muslim followers as venomous “serpents” who must be “decapitated.”
This is Islamophobia worse than the one afflicting the western world since the beginning of the 21st century. But it also informs the curious what is that makes the hectoring generals and their supine minions from Mubarak’s ancient regime so truculent and unremitting in their hostility to what they deride as Islamists.
What most succinctly explains the intransigence and arrogance of Al Sisi and his illegitimate military regime is the endorsement it has been given by an Islamophobe west and the Muslim Brotherhood-hating autocratic Arab rulers presiding over the petro-principalities of the Gulf.
Barack Obama tacitly welcomed the Egyptian generals’ putsch when he seemed to throw his weight behind all those renegade Egyptians who had flooded the streets of Cairo and demanded the military to intervene against Morsi. From that point on, Obama has studiously avoided using the word “military coup” to describe the treachery of Al Sisi & Co. Obama wouldn’t condemn the generals because if he did he would be obliged to cut off the $ 1.3 billion doled out by Washington to bolster the Egyptian Bonapartes, and also keep the American military industrial complex that furbishes the Egyptian arsenal in business.
The only punitive measure so far taken by Obama to manifest his token—but palpably hollow—displeasure over the Egyptian generals’ antics is the cancellation of biannual joint military exercises between the US and Egyptian forces. Other than that it’s business-as-usual.
Egyptian Bonapartes are redoubtable clients of Washington and keeping them happy ensures the success of the policy of keeping the Arab masses crushed under their bayonets, and Israel safe.
Obama couldn’t careless how the people of Egypt fared under their bumbling and bombastic generals. All that matters to him is that these servants of Washington remain firmly tethered to a policy of subservience to Israel’s agenda of expansionism in the region, which is, euphemistically described as Israel’s “security interest.”
Other western powers taking their lead from Washington’s example have, likewise, been at best lukewarm in their condemnation of the military’s dismissal of democracy and a democratically elected president. Their concern is more focused on what’s to them “plight” of the Coptic Christian minority of Egypt. British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, as also his Canadian counterpart, John Baird, have both shed tears at the alleged arson against Coptic churches in Egypt. The Cross is more sacrosanct to them than the blood of the Egyptian people. Muslim lives, in any case, are cheap and have no value in the eyes of the “civilised west.”
The American agenda for the Arab and Muslim world is a bi-focal lens. One part of it is Islamophobia, which has been the bed-rock of policy since 9/11; the other part is Israel’s supremacy in the Middle East at the expense of all its neighbours. US has been bolstering Israel all the time, winking at Netanyahu’s lust for expansion of Israeli settlements on land stolen from the Palestinians, while paying lip-service to a two-state chimera. In the latest instance, Palestinian leaders loyal to a quisling Mahmoud Abbas have been bamboozled into resuming, once again, the farce of a peace dialogue with Israel while agreeing to yet another settlement frenzy of Netanyahu. An additional 1200 homes for settlers were commissioned the very day that the hopeless drama of peace parleys was staged for global consumption.
Nothing serves the Israeli and western agenda better than the Egyptian people being robbed of their dream of a democratic and just society at the hands of their “saviours” in uniform whose loyalty to their foreign pay-masters needed no further proof or elaboration after what they have done to President Morsi.
Little wonder that what the world is witnessing, in the wake of the Egyptian generals’ brutal crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and its loyal followers, is the coming together of American, European, Saudi, Jordanian and Israeli interests on just one point: back to the dictatorial military junta committed to keeping its own people in chains, just as Mubarak or Sadat, before him, did for so many decades.
The Jerusalem Post, of August 18, reported remarks of an unnamed high Israeli official gloating over the murder of democracy and democrats in Egypt and regaling that “democracy is not the name of the game in Egypt.” Israel and its western and regional cohorts are jubilant that the Egyptian security apparatus—given a free hand by trigger-happy soldiers and generals—is going after the so-called “terrorists” allied to Al-Qaeda.
The western countries and leaders, dutifully abetted by their tyrannical and autocratic Arab potentates, have honed a weird mantra of treating the oppressor and the oppressed at par with each other. So the same mantra is being harped on in the increasingly sick and revolting plea by inane and clueless leaders for “restraint by all sides” to defuse the crisis. Restraint by those being killed and swatted down like flies is a macabre demand of minds deluded and befogged by lack of sympathy for the oppressed and down-trodden. Those putting the torturer and the tortured on the same page seem wilfully ignorant of the historic fact—as reminded by a well-known American pollster of Egyptian origin, Dalia Mogahed who has surveyed Muslim societies around the world—that “Al Qaeda was conceived in the prisons of Egypt and, contrary to conventional wisdom, not the caves of Afghanistan.”
So General Al Sisi—a reincarnate of Hosni Mubarak and Anwar Sadat—is stuffing the prisons of Egypt, blindly and indiscriminately, with the followers of Muslim Brotherhood not bothering, at all, to ponder over the severity of his crimes or the gravity of consequences that certainly would flow from them. But he is being cheered on by his western and regional mentors for meeting the ‘terrorist’ challenge.
As these lines were being finished, word has come of the arrest by Egyptian police of the Guide (Chief) of Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammad Badie. The witch-hunt of the Brotherhood is on with a reckless determination. Along with it another irony of ironies has happened: the disgraced Hosni Mubarak is a free man, again, as all cases against him have been thrown out by a supine judiciary working at the pleasure of the junta.
Egypt is back to square one. It’s back to that point , in January 2011, when the Egyptian people had risen against the tyrant Mubarak and kicked off their own ‘Spring.’ Egypt at this sensitive juncture is looking, increasingly, like Algeria of 1991 when the Algerian people’s peaceful march to democracy was stopped in its tracks by Algeria’s power-hungry generals at the beck- and-call of American and French interests. What followed that brutal sundering of democratic ambitions of the Algerians is a lesson that the Bonapartes of Egypt and their pay-masters will be wise to acquaint themselves with. They will also be served well by refreshing their minds with a Greek adage from antiquity: “those whom gods wish to destroy they turn them mad, first.”