When 58-year-old Egyptian Gen. Abdel Fatah El-Sissi decided to crack down the Muslim Brotherhood July 3, it wasn’t without warning or precedent. Several other Egyptian presidents including Gamel Abdel Nasser, Anwar Sedat and Hosni Mubarak all banned the Brotherhood for revolutionary activities, seeking since its founding in 1928 to install and Islamic state in Egypt. Since Nobel Peace Prize winner Anwar Sedat was assassinated by Islamists, more than likely inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood, Oct. 6, 1981, Egyptian authorities banned the Brotherhood, knowing, whether they plotted the assassination or not, they supported Sedat’s killing for making peace with Israel in 1979. El-Sissi advance warning to Egypt’s first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi was clear: Represent all the people of prepare to be ousted. When the Morsi and the Brotherhood told el-Sissi to take a leap, the general decided it was time for Morsi to go.
Since taking office June 30, 2012, Morsi suspended the Egyptian constitution and rendered himself immune to the Supreme Court. Whether or not he was a Muslim Brotherhood puppet, Morsi couldn’t wrap his head around the idea that other Egyptian groups deserved a voice. While Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz,) insists that el-Sissi performed a coup July 3 and should have U.S. foreign aid stripped from Egypt, he knows full-well that Morsi had hijacked the Egyptian government. Without the U.S.-backed military, Egypt would have fallen to radical Islam, whether or not voters wished Egypt ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood. Brotherhood- backers site Egypt’s democratically held election as proof the people wanted the Brotherhood. Most Egyptians didn’t know what they were getting other than a familiar name to Egyptian politics. When Morsi suspended the Constitution and granted himself supreme authority, the people started to get the picture.
Whatever U.S. officials call Morsi’s ouster, the Muslim Brothrehood hijacked the Egyptian government, giving license to Islamists to torch what’s left of the Christian community. Since the assassination of Sedat, Egypt’s Muslims have persecuted all remaining religions, especially the ancient Coptic Christians that date back to the time Roman Emperor Constatine. Since Wednesday Aug. 14, over 40 Christian churchs were torched by the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups. While the Egyptian army has cracked down on the Brotherhood, the inexcusable lashing out at Christian churches shows the kind of barbarism that can’t be tolerated. Whether politicians like McCain reserve his disdain for the Egyptian military, he needs to remind himself on the same intolerable brutality that brought down the World Trade Center and Pentagon Sept 11, 2001. No one wants to see civilians mowed down in Egyptian streets but they can’t tolerate ethnic cleansing.
Watching Islamists lash out a Christian churches should remind skeptical Western governments why the Egyptian army had to be so brutal with the Muslim Brotherhood. McCain and other conservatives looking to scored points against Obama should think twice about condemning el-Sissi for acting to protect what’s left of Egypt’s Christian community. While back on their heels in Cairo, Islamists have lashed out in Christian enclaves south of Cairo. Islamists torched five churches just South of Cairo in the oasis city of Fayoum. Unable to resist the well-armed Islamist onslaught, Coptic Christian churches have watched their buildings looted and torched. Instead of condemning the military’s crackdown, U.S. officials should lend their support to the military’s attempt to preserve some type of order and civility when confronted with unprecedented Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist savagery. Morsi’s attempt to liquidate the Christian community was a type of genocide
Egypt stands at a crossroads fighting what amounts to a carefully orchestrated genocide against Egypt’s Christian population. Protecting what’s left of Egypt’s Christian community is a solemn obligation of Egypt’s new military government. It’s not possible to rush to democracy by holding premature elections if there’s any chance the Muslim Brotherhood or their Islamists friends rigging the election. When Morsi won the election June 24, 2012, there were serious questions about shenanigans at the polls. Once he took office June 30, it became obvious that he sought to consolidate supreme power to the Muslim Brotherhood. Before running for office, Morsi had officially resigned from the Brotherhood to convince voters he was a neutral party running for office. When the Brotherhood took over, there was no mistake that Morsi had surrendered his office to the Islamist group, seeking nothing short of establishing strict Islamic sharia law to Egypt.
U.S. officials need to back the Egyptian military government’s attempt to restore proper representation to the Egyptian government. Morsi allowed the Brotherhood to continue its genocide of Egypt’s Christian population. Now only 10% of the Egyptian public, Coptic Christians fight for their lives against relentless Muslim persecution. El-Sissi, a devout Muslim, performed a heroic task rescuing Egypt from the jaws of radical Islam. He put his Islamic faith aside to do what was right for all Egyptians. Eyptic’s military rulers need understanding and backing from the U.S., not the ration of partisan criticism coming from right wing circles on Capitol Hill. Watching the Muslim Brotherhood give a green light to radical Islam to torch what’s left of Egypt’s Coptic Christian community shows Morsi’s true colors. Whatever violence has occurred in Egypt since Morsi’s ouster, it pales in comparison to radical Islam’s barbaric treatment of Coptic Christians. About the Author John M. Curtis writes politically neutral commentary analyzing spin in national and global news. He’s editor of OnlineColumnist.com and author of Dodging The Bullet and Operation Charisma.
About the Author
John M. Curtis writes politically neutral commentary analyzing spin in national and global news. He's editor of OnlineColumnist.com and author of Dodging The Bullet And Operation Charisma.