Egypt Uprising 2013: Connect the Dots

Rebel, a movement that has moved the whole country, was it really only a people's movement? Supporters and opponents both agree that it is a very intelligent idea, and when the word "intelligence" is mentioned one has to remember that General Abd El Fattah El Sisi, Minister of Defense is the former head of the Agency for Military Intelligence. The implications of this might be bigger than we think...

Egypt lived a year of continuous failure on the political level, whether this failure was completely or partially the responsibility of the Muslim Brotherhood remains unknown, yet this does not make the MB less of terrorists or traitors. The only fact is that the events that happened in the past year succeeded in having a great majority of Egyptians against the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamists in general, that's a fact that kept being proven starting Morsi's 100th day in power, the numbers kept increasing until they reached the millions we all saw on June 30 and the days after...

After around ten months of the MB rule, after it became clear that Egyptians are against them, Rebel came to life. Whether it is the making of Sisi's Intelligence or a true pure people's movement remains unknown, but many signs lean toward it being an army planned movement. The most obvious of these signs came from Sisi himself. As he said in his speech the day Morsi was overthrown, Sisi has been trying to play politics since November when the he called for political dialogue between the presidency and opposition. His offer was met by refusal from the presidency and since then his plans changed their path. Then again, as he said, he continued to give his advice to Morsi, but "he never listened". That's when Rebel came to life, and was given continuous explicit  support from the army. Sisi continued, giving Morsi a week to decide, then 48 hours and then, after Rebel succeeded in mobilizing the hatred against MB, he made his move.

The question that remains unanswered, the one question that everyone needs an answer for, is what is the payback of Sisi' support of the revolution? Or in other words, is what we're facing today a soft coup that was planned very well and so was given a great popular support? Since this question shall remain unanswered in the next coming weeks or months, one should stay alert at all time to what Sisi says or does.

Between national hero and a traitor, who is Sisi? The man that was known before the revolution for justifying virginity tests and torturing protesters in the Egyptian Museum, the head of the agency that made the investigations of the Maspeero Battle, the man who was rumored to be in support of MB before they came in power, he's the man that no one can claim to fully understand. His role in 2011 and 2012 remains unknown, and so in 2013 when he asks for complete trust on the unknown, one should think before acting.

Yesterday Sisi, Minister of Defense, spoke to the people asking them to give the Armed and Police Forces a mandate to fight violence and terrorism. Why these words were not delivered by the president or prime minister is unknown, why security forces need to be given a mandate to do their normal job also remains unknown, what the outcome of this might be is yet to be known. And although so much is not known, in a matter of hours the majority of Egyptians will take to the streets to give their full support to Sisi. In a matter of hours they will be met with Islamists fighting for their lives, although maybe not violently on this particular day.

The political consequences this might not be known yet, the moral ones are not even thought of yet, but if one consequence is a fact it's the social one. The Egyptian individual is turning more violent by the day and as long as people are put in a confrontation, this shall go on. As long as the security forces use the people as their shield, this shall increase.

What makes things worse is that when the majority faces a serious damage, the amount of thinking is diminished for the need for being saved. Questions like: why haven't Badei, El Arian, El Beltagy or Hegazy been arrested until now? Why doesn't the army or police protect the people when MB turn violent everyday in different streets of different cities all over the country? Why do they remain neutral and let the people do the fighting and kill each-other? Why does the army and police need a mandate to fight terrorism in Sinai? What steps or plans have the government taken to assure the MB doesn't turn into an underground organization yet again? These questions are all given the same answer: "they can't". But if this is the case, then how will popular support give them the ability? They'll make the international stance change? Is this another "It's not a coup" protest? The international stance shall not change if the leaders don't want it to, and if we're ruled by "heroes" then this shouldn't make any difference.

Many times it is best to admit that we don't know, or at least we're not sure. It is healthy to not give your complete trust to anyone, especially when signs that things are not right do exist. It is good to remember that the fight is against a fascist group, not to replace it with another fascist group, or turn into a revolution fascist yourself. It is good to remember that fascism shall, at all times, turn against you. It shall be kept in mind that opposition groups are not a know-it-all, or always right. It is very healthy to keep a good memory of every single incident that took place in the past two and half years and try to connect the dots. It might be a good idea to believe that conspiracy theories sometimes turn out to be right. And after tomorrow, after the war against terrorism is over, it is good to remember that only a few, and never the majority, shall fight for justice.

And although Egyptians and Islamists "don't mix", things should be done right, for once....


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