As the 2nd Egyptian revolt started happening and the people on the left started wringing their hands over the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood and the embarrassment of Barack Obama (which is their real concern) the question becomes how do we understand what happened and why.
Back in 2005 the great Michael Totten was in Egypt and interviewed Egyptian Blogger Big Pharaoh and he asked him who would win in there was a free election
I asked Big Pharaoh what he thought would happen if Egypt held a legitimate free and fair election instead of this bullshit staged by Mubarak.
“The Muslim Brotherhood would win,” he said. “They would beat Mubarak and the liberals.”
I was afraid he was going to say that.
Big Pharaoh talked about how it would play:
My biggest fear,” he continued, “is that if the Muslim Brotherhood rules Egypt we will get Islamism-lite, that they won’t be quite bad enough that people will revolt against them. Take bars, for example. Most Egyptians don’t drink, so they won’t mind if alcohol is illegal. The same goes for banning books. Most Egyptians don’t read. So why should they care if books are banned? Most women wear a veil or a headscarf already, so if it becomes the law hardly anyone will resist.”
He was exactly right about the Muslim brotherhood would win. As he predicted they did what authoritarians always do when they win an election, consolidate power. Right after the US election during the Thanksgiving weekend President Morsi did this:
Egypt’s president on Thursday issued constitutional amendments granting himself far-reaching powers and ordering the retrial of leaders of Hosni Mubarak’s regime for the killing of protesters in last year’s uprising.
Well that’s kind of a broad statement is it really something to worry about?
The Egyptian leader also decreed that all decisions he has made since taking office in June and until a new constitution is adopted are not subject to appeal in court or by any other authority, a move that places Morsi above oversight of any kind. He already has legislative powers after the powerful lower chamber was dissolved days before he took office June 30.
Oddly enough the MSM that is now screaming about the overthrow of a democratically elected government wasn’t all that interested at the time. Perhaps because of Hillary Clinton’s praise of this same government the same day
Clinton even announced the agreement standing next to Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr. She hailed the agreement as an important step to bringing stability and peace to a region that has seen major upheaval and transformation in the past two years.
I noted the words of Bryan Preston of PJ Media at the time:
The more realistic view is that Egypt and Hamas are making the moves that both are making now because they have read Obama’s re-election as giving them space to act without fear of American intervention on Israel’s side.
I’d say that pretty much right, but I disagree with the next paragraph
It is striking, how unsurprised Obama, Clinton, Rice et al seem to be by the Hamas barrage against Israel over the past fortnight, and by Egypt’s swift turn toward Islamist dictatorship. It’s almost like they expected these events to happen.
I don’t think it’s striking at all. I certainly expected Islamists to be on the move if Barack Obama was re-elected.
And Morsi continued on and Obama supported him. Of course there were some interesting conditions in the parliamentary elections that we talked about at the time:
3. Voting was not a private act – poll administrators inside voting polls asked voters to state their choice and then observed their written ballot.
4. Poll administrators know as “judges” (non-military overseers appointed by the military), after illegally questioning voters, issued unauthentic and invalid (unstamped) ballots to voters who said they would vote for a candidate/party other than MB or Salafi.
But the media wasn’t interested in the reports from Voice of the Copts and the Muslim Brotherhood did their best to make sure they built a narrative in English so the west’s press would have something to read.
I think this fellow Gehad El-Haddad’s twitter feed is for lazy westeners who don’t want to sort though arabic, I think it exists to build a real time narrative for the western world. As Nervana Mahmoud puts it in the Daily News of Egypt:
The Muslim Brotherhood is waging a war of perception, not just for domestic consumption but for a western audience, too. Perception is crucial for two reasons: To defeat non-Islamist opponents, who may lose faith quickly when watching the endless number of pro-Morsy protestors in comparison to their relatively lower number in Tahrir and, secondly, to convince western nations that Islamists are the only reliable, powerful force in Egypt and that they are backed by the “majority” of Egyptians.
That’s why Mr. El Haddad’s tweets are not in Arabic. If you consider how easily the west bought the Hamas narrative I can see why he would be sure to tweet “facts” in a language that the lazy western press could understand but the majority of Egyptians would not.
Lucky for Big Pharaoh the Brotherhood was not capable of going Islam lite and while the international press was totally taken aback by what happened in Egypt he explained it clearly:
President Morsi was elected because people yearned for change. The margin between him and Shafik was not that big but still the majority chose change over a candidate who represented Mubarak’s era. What we later discovered was that Morsi turned out to be merely the Brotherhood’s representative in the presidency and not the president of all Egyptians.
President Morsi used his office to consolidate power for the Brotherhood which ruled Egypt as if it was just one branch in its regional organization. The instability in the country can be traced back to his dictatorial constitutional decree that granted him sweeping power;
That would be those decrees we decried at the same time Hillary 2016 was praising the regime that we mentioned above.
But there is more to the story:
The Brotherhood did not try to change Mubarak’s regime, they just cloned it and made it work for their interests. The cultic nature of the Brotherhood organization, its ideological ties with foreign entities and regional span made it look as if it was “not very Egyptian”. Some of the protesters who took to the streets since last Sunday refer to the MB as the “the Brotherhood occupation.”
But even an occupation force might gain popularity if they were able to turn the economy around. John Guardiano put it this way.
And Big Pharoah confirmed their ineptitude:
“We thought there was a sheikh under the mosque’s dome.” Egyptians say this when they anticipate something big from someone and then get nothing at the end. Before reaching power, we thought the Brotherhood were these great business people who will improve the living standard of Egyptians. On the contrary, we discovered that the MB know nothing about the economy and their economic policy depended solely on borrowing money from anyone who showed any sign of willingness to lend. We thought they were Warren Buffets, they turned out to be Seven Eleven cashiers.
The Brotherhood’s dreadful mismanagement of the country’s economy and the political situation was one of the major reasons why Egyptians cannot take them anymore.
So Egypt got Il duce without the trains running on time, the worst of all worlds, but like any people stumbling to self rule they had to figure it out themselves as Totten put it back in 2005
“I’ve had this theory for a while now,” I said. “It looks like some, if not most, Middle East countries are going to have to live under an Islamic state for a while and get it out of their system.”
Big Pharaoh laughed grimly.
“Sorry,” I said. “That’s just how it looks.”
Frankly I’m impressed that Egypt managed to figure it out so quickly, as he is an Egyptian in Egypt I’ll leave Big Pharaoh the last word:
Why did Egyptians vote for the MB if they were so dreadful? Well, they didn’t know. They did a mistake. The Germans voted for a mass murderer and the Italians voted for a fascist. We have the right to make mistakes too. We’re not better than the Germans and the Italians.
I have to disagree, they apparently ARE better than Germans and Italians, they managed to figure it out and eject their fascists before a world war.
I hope it all works out and the Obama administration doesn’t do anything stupid, like threatening to cut off aid now that the fascists of the Brotherhood are out
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