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Egyptians; Manipulated to Revolt?

I have no sympathy for any group anywhere that seeks power from narrower viewpoints such as ethnicity or religion. So this is not a requiem for Mohamed Morsi.

Morsi supporters in Egypt

(UGANDA) - If the detest for Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood came genuinely from Egyptians, I would welcome it since I detest ideologies constructed around ethnicity and religiosity.

However, I simply can’t buy the economy as an excuse to sack Morsi. Even angels can’t sort out a shambolic economy botched up by a half century military dictatorship within a decade let alone in a year. Of course, I heard the narrative that Egyptians got irritated with Morsi because he was busy propagating his Islamic ideology within Egypt and beyond instead of focusing on the economy that creates jobs and put food on the table.

That shouldn’t have been a surprise, or a disappointment in an Arabic world where Islam reigns with an iron fist. Hence, after electing a leader who campaigned on a Muslim brotherhood ticket, it’s certainly not fair to expect him not to do that. I also heard criticism that Morsi incurred the wrath of Egyptians by appointing unpopular figures thereby polarizing the nation.

Ironically, many democratically elected leaders do that. Barack Hussein Obama of the US managed to retain Susan Rice, unpopular both in the US and overseas such as Africa, as his adviser and life still goes on.

What I fear happened is Morsi might have shown a tendency of promoting that brand of Islam as opposed to the brand in Saudi Arabia and the like that’s cozy with the West.

Otherwise, we had been told, not so long ago, that he came to power by the ballot unlike the decadent sheikhdoms littering the Arabian land.

And, since it’s not pragmatic anymore to prevent Muslim Brotherhood from coming to power through the democratic means like it was done in Algeria decades ago; and since outright coup d' etat is no longer in vogue, you apply your expertise from centuries of experience in deception.

Therefore, you galvanize the gullible public into a “revolution.”

Then, in order to avert disaster and maintain “stability,” you unleash the military which you trained and armed to the teeth with a “road map.”

Like I said, I have no sympathy for any group anywhere that seeks power from narrower viewpoints such as ethnicity or religion. So this is not a requiem for Mohamed Morsi.

However, as one ordinary Egyptian said on Aljazeera, “Morsi came by the ballot. And he should have left by the ballot not by force,” or at least unceremoniously like this which paves the way for more polarization. At any rate, if Egyptians found themselves to be manipulated in overthrowing Mohamed Morsi for other sinister forces like my runaway imagination smells conspiracy theory anywhere these days; I implore them to remember Alexander Pushkin’s words. This is what he’s said to have said in writing about “Delusions of Love.”

“It is not hard to deceive me; I am only too happy to be deceived.”

I expect Egyptians and all people under repression to continue showing the same spirit instead of disillusionment until their aspirations for freedom, justice and equality are met.

An Ethiopian Social & Political Commentator exiled in Uganda


Kiflu Hussain is an attorney based in Uganda. He says his passion for writing came from reading, and that it’s inevitable that the more one reads, the more one develops the urge to write. Kiflu has published articles in Ethiopia on the English Reporter, then a weekly newspaper along with a few Amharic articles on the defunct Addis Zena. It was after he and his family found refuge in Uganda, that he began contributing writings to the local papers and various websites such as Daily Monitor, Uganda Record, The New Vision, Ethioquestnews, Garowe Online, WardheerNews etc.

The reason for this is clear. Ethiopia, despite being a seat of the African Union had never produced a regime that allows even the minimum space for dialogue that other people in Africa enjoy so naturally. So Kiflu's ending up as a refugee in Uganda is a blessing in disguise for it accorded him with the opportunity to write. He says at the same time he learned, unfortunately, that his refugee status would be what showed how deep the hypocrisy of the “international community” goes. We at are honored to carry this gentleman's work and we hope that in the process, western people may come to appreciate the struggle of refugees throughout the world.

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pinkfloyd July 5, 2013 6:58 pm (Pacific time)

Hi Ralph...I think your assessment is also correct. I wonder why more of us in the U.S. havnt done the same as what happened in Egypt in regards to bush, the clintons, and then especially obama. Seems as tho we are going thru the same thing. I guess it because of the flouride in the water, pharma drugs, media, indoctrination from the education system etc.. But we have the same thing in this country. Great points Ralph.

Ralph E. Stone July 5, 2013 7:48 am (Pacific time)

I have a different view of the recent happenings in Egypt. Remember Morsi was elected by the narrow margin of 51 percent. Many indicated they voted for Morsi in the second and final election round because there were only two choices left – Morsi and deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak’s cohort, Ahmed Shafik. Others indicated they voted for Morsi because they believed his religious values enhanced his promises to address the country’s grave social problems.

But, from the very first days of the new government, there were a series of missteps, including an incendiary presidential declaration by Morsi that his decisions would be immune from court review. This arrogant usurpation of power inflamed and outraged the population.

In addition, opposition grew steadily once it became clear that Morsi’s religious values were not leading to needed economic and social reforms. Instead, his religion was a thin veneer to conceal sectarian and divisive intentions to entrench the Muslim Brotherhood and even more conservative, traditional Islamists into leading government positions.

pinkfloyd July 4, 2013 5:08 pm (Pacific time)

October, 2011, I posted on many blogs, that in the first quarter of 2012, the west was planning an uprising in the middle east. I also blogged, that the west would put in the muslim brotherhood, and try and get AlBaradie (sp) in. That is exactly what happened. The egyptians saw thru the ElBaradie scheme but were fooled and controlled by the west to not make a big stink about Morsi, the same as the west is fooled by the west (think obama, clinton, bush),..but the egyptians started catching on, and when Morsi supported the take down of Assad, when Morsi supported not helping the Palestinian plight, THAT is what set off the riots. Yes, the military was backed by the west years ago, but the military, just like most western backed dictators and military, always turn back to their roots once they find out they have been lied to by the west. (saddam and ghadafi for example). Egypt is important to the globalist bankers and corporations. The Suez canal, an oil pipeline from turkey, and other strategic geographical benefits such as shipping guns from Libya to Syrian western backed rebels. The western bankers, thru speculation and manipulation, made the economy worse in Egypt, then swept in with outsiders to get the Arab uprising in full gear.

Dexter July 4, 2013 4:26 pm (Pacific time)

Well written article . I to also share his runaway imagination of a conspiracy here ( brought on by the west , from my view point anyway)

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