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The Middle East has traditionally been important for the world economy. The Middle East situation today has an impact on all aspects of life in America and much of the world.

Only by understanding the motivations of the various factions in the Middle East can we hope to understand how to promote peace and national security for Middle Eastern nations, Europe, and the United States.

Nov 3, 2013

The Muslim Brotherhood Student Destructive Behavior


Since the beginning of the academic year at Egyptian universities, the Muslim Brotherhood protest movements on various campuses nationwide left a very clear picture of their destructive behavior. This destruction, especially at Al-Azhar University, confirms the public view that the Muslim Brotherhood’s political fascist ideology is based on violence as a means to achieve their political goaltotal control of society under the Muslim Brotherhood’s interpretation of Islam.

The violent acts, including the assassination of heads of state and attempts of assassination during the past 85 years, reflect the Muslim Brotherhood’s authoritarian, fascist ideology.

The young students who are affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood get orders from their superior leaders to commit such destructive acts, instead of encouraging them to pursue their learning.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s members pretend that they are true Muslim believers. The first word in the Quran is “read,” which means followers must pursue knowledge, not destruction. The students who caused such a wide range of destruction at Al-Azhar University are not the pursuers of knowledge. They are purely a group of hoodlums and active terrorist individuals whose main objective is to close universities all over Egypt.

Frankly speaking, the transitional government of Egypt has been indirectly passive with these students from day one, while the students’ protests have not been passive at all. The Egyptian security should have put an end to this from the beginning, as the vast majority of Egyptian students are against such protests by the minority of students who are manipulated by their corrupt Muslim Brotherhood leadership. The transitional government has been concerned about its image abroad more than the safety of its academic institutions.

The Muslim Brotherhood, who have been outlawed by Egyptian authority since the 1950s, are a serious liability to any society and should not be permitted to operate under any circumstances.

Oct 13, 2013

U.S. foreign Aid to Egypt


Recently, the Arab press in particular and the western press in general have focused on President Barack Obama’s decision to stop U.S. aid to Egypt. The rationale he used is based on the Egyptian military coup that removed the freely and democratically elected ex-president Morsi.

President Obama’s rationale is totally wrong. Whoever briefed him was not in touch with reality. His foreign policies regarding the Middle East in general and the Arab world in particular has been wrong. The Arab population was optimistic after his 2008 election, but is now totally disappointed in the president.

First of all, ex-president Morsi was removed by the majority of the Egyptian people. The crowd that gathered on June 30, 2013, was estimated to be around 35 million people. This reflects more than two-third of the eligible Egyptian voters (54 million). Furthermore, the Tamaroud movement collected 22 million signatures calling on Morsi to resign.

Let me remind President Obama that less than 13 million people voted for Morsi in June 2012. Second, in any democracy, when any high-ranking political figure or head of state violates the constitution or the law of the state, that person will be removed.

Again, let me remind President Obama that when ex-president Nixon violated the law, he was removed. Ex-president Morsi violated Egyptian law from the first day he assumed his new position as president of Egypt.

Let me just mention a few examples to illustrate my point.

1.     Does ex-president Morsi have the right to grant himself a constitutional decree that gives him unlimited political power and immunity from future prosecution?
2.     According to Egyptian law, the president didn’t have total freedom to interfere in the Egyptian judicial system. Nevertheless, he made an effort to cancel the high constitutional court decision that dissolved the Egyptian parliament. He also tried to appoint a new prosecutor general. These decisions are the responsibility of the judicial council, not the president.

The list of legal violations that Morsi committed is a lengthy one. Furthermore, Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood looked the other way and permitted the illegal entry of Islamic terrorist groups in Egypt, which is enough to justify Morsi’s removal from power. This is an act of treason.

President Obama, your decision to stop U.S. military aid to Egypt will cause more harm to the U.S. than to Egypt. Through history, Egypt has played a dominant role in the Middle East and it was a disgraceful act for it to be put under the influence of the U.S. government.

The one billion dollars worth of arms given to Egypt did not help the country in the long run. Egypt will rely on itself to produce its own armament. The $250 million in economic aid should be rejected by Egypt, because it makes no difference in terms of its impact on the Egyptian economy.

Let me conclude by saying that President Obama’s decision enabled Egypt to restore its dignity and independence from the rotten American foreign policy. The Egyptian people who have been urging their government to reject U.S. foreign aid should now urge their own government to become more self-sufficient, which will be an advantage in the long run.

Sep 2, 2013

The Destruction of the So-Called Peaceful Demonstration


President Morsi was removed from office July 3, 2013, as a result of more than 32 million Egyptian people calling for his resignation, as well as a petition with 22 million signatures, due to his incompetency and abuse of power. Since then, the Muslim Brotherhood and other supporters have failed to accept this and called on their supporters to protest and demand the return of Dr. Morsi to his position.

From day one and during the weeks following Morsi’s removal, his supporters were not peaceful at all. More than a dozen murders were committed in Raba al Adawiyah and Nahda Squares. In addition to massive public and private property destruction, the Egyptian government announced publicly that the repairs that started in Raba al-Adawiyah would cost 85 million Egyptian pounds, el Orman garden 50 million Egyptian pounds and al Nahda square would cost 258 million pounds. Furthermore, government assessment of the destruction caused by the Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters in all Egyptian governates was estimated at more than 500 million Egyptian pounds

The Egyptian government should confiscate and freeze Muslim Brotherhood wealth and let them pay for the cost of the destruction they committed.

Aug 31, 2013

Obama – the Nobel Peace Prize!


President Barack Obama, the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize because of his opposition to the invasion of Iraq, is reversing his political role. He is now acting as an advocate for punishing President Bashar al-Assad of Syria for using poisonous chemical gas against his people.

The use of such weapons, regardless of who uses them, should be condemned by the whole world.

The irony of American politics and the tactics used by its politicians, especially its presidents, is that a link is always made between international issues and American national interest or national security. This is the rationale George W. Bush used to mislead the American public to justify his invasion of Iraq in 2003. Bush was a liar from the beginning and his policy did not accomplish anything except the destruction of Iraq.

It seems to me that President Obama is acting in a similar fashion regarding his policy towards Syria. The Syrian issue should be left to the U.N. General Assembly to deal with, not the U.N. Security Council. The five permanent members have abused their veto power and have paralyzed the Security Council.

The U.S. government should stop playing policeman of the world under the pretext of U.S. national security or national interest. This is an outdated colonialist concept and people around the globe are now more aware of the truth and cannot be easily mislead. The majority of people in the U.S, Britain, France, Germany, and Italy are against U.S. interference in Syrian national affairs, according to the press.

President Obama, you are not a peace advocate and you don’t deserve the Nobel Prize for it.

Aug 18, 2013

What Is Happening in Egypt Now?


In an interview with Mr. W. al-Ibrashi (Dream Channel) two years ago, Dr. M. Badie, the supreme leader (al-Murshid) of the Muslim Brotherhood stated publicly that he is totally against any Muslim Brotherhood members and even other Islamic groups running for political office, because he thinks it will be dangerous for Egypt.

Al-Murshid’s prophecy turned out to be true. The puzzling question that needs to be answered is why Dr. Badie permitted his members to run for the parliament, the Magliss al-Shura and the presidential office?

Since its creation in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood’s main objective and political strategy was to take over the Egyptian government regardless of the cost. Their violent political activities during the past eight decades reflects their intentions and strategy.

The January 25, 2011 revolution opened the door for them, despite the fact that they were not the ones who initiated the massive protests. To put it simply, they have stolen the revolution from the younger Egyptian generation who sacrificed their blood for its success.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s success in assuming political control was facilitated by General Tantawi, defense minister and chief of the Egyptian military forces. Furthermore, the United States government signaled General Tantawi to facilitate the Muslim Brotherhood’s takeover of the Egyptian government. This is attributed to a secret agreement that started during 2003 with the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood to implement the American political demand when they assume political control of the Egyptian government.

The U.S. foreign policy regarding the Middle East is reflected as “the map of the greater Middle East region.” It’s main objective is the protection of Israel and maintaining its economic and military dominance of the region.

For that reason and others, the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood from the Egyptian government reflects the kiss of death for the U.S. Middle East strategy. Furthermore, the termination of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political influence in Egypt will also negatively impact other Islamic organizations in the region. For that reason, the Turkish government—which is headed by an Islamic organization—is panicking and asking the U.N. Security Council to interfere and stop the removal of Morsi from his position.

Nevertheless, the Muslim Brotherhood protest movement, which has been going on since the removal of Morsi from power on July 3, 2013, reflects their kiss of death. The violent terrorist activities they have been conducting against the Egyptian people, as well as their economic, social and political institutions, reflects their failed political strategy. This is revealed in the following evidence:

1.     The Ministry of Health reported the deaths of more than 578 people and the injuries of more than 4,201 others as of August 17, 2013. Among the dead, 57 security men and 553 other police injuries. More than 1,500 terrorist suspects carrying weapons were arrested.
2.     The burning of more than 21 churches all over Egypt.
3.     The burning of government buildings such as the Ministry of Treasury and an attempt on the Central Bank. More than 25 police and security buildings were attacked and burned, in addition to other private property that was also destroyed.
4.     Blocking traffic routes and preventing people from reaching their workplaces or returning to their homes.
5.     Pouring used car oil on intersections and bridges, causing drivers to lose control of their cars, leading to death and destruction.
6.     The security forces presented photos and videos of snipers on top of buildings and bridges, shooting at homes and passersby.
7.     The supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood firing RBJ missiles at security places. It was reported that more than 1,200 suspects were armed with weapons. Some of those terrorists who were arrested by Egyptian security revealed that they are foreign citizens from Afghanistan Palestine and Syria. They were recruited by the Muslim Brotherhood to help in the destruction of Egypt.

Such types of terrorist activities were and still are part of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political strategy. The irony of history reflects the double standards the west follows. For the last few decades, western governments (especially the U.S.) have been condemning Islamic terrorism. Now, they are taking the opposite stand by ignoring the Muslim Brotherhood’s terrorism against their own people and criticizing the Egyptian army for their supposed military coup, despite the fact that there was no military coup. The Egyptian army stepped in after more than 32 million Egyptians protested on June 30, 2013, demanding the removal of Morsi from office. The army responded to prevent a civil war from taking place in Egypt. In addition to the Egyptian protestors demands, the Tamaroud Movement submitted petitions with 22 million signatures demanding the removal of Morsi from office due to violations of Egyptian law.

Such large numbers are almost twice the numbers of votes Morsi received during his election on June 30, 2012.

The western governments (especially the U.S.) should stop interfering in Egypt’s national affairs. A recent PEW survey revealed that ¾ of the American respondents rejected the U.S. government’s interference in Egypt’s national

Jul 11, 2013

Jul 10, 2013


The Egyptian People's Second Revolution

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The June 30 revolution in Egypt reflected the gathering of more than 32 million people who gathered in more than 19 public squares all over Egypt.

The purpose behind such a popular mass protest was to call on President Morsi to resign. However, by the third day, the Egyptian army responded to the demands of people and forced President Morsi to leave his position.

The interesting response in western mass media and in particular the U.S. is that an army coup took place in Egypt, leading to Morsi’s removal. This political conclusion did not come as a surprise. The U.S. government has been pursuing the wrong foreign policy, especially in the Middle East in general and the Arab world in particular since the end of World War II.

It was the U.S. who supported the Muslim Brotherhood, stealing the January 25, 2011, revolution and excluding the young Egyptians from implementing their objectives (bread, freedom, and social justice).

Lobbyists and interest groups have shaped the U.S. foreign policy, which is in conflict with American national interest.

The Muslim Brotherhood is a violent terrorist organization operating under a religious umbrella to hide their political strategy. History reflects that they have assassinated two Egyptian prime ministers and a president, as well as have attempted to assassinate Presidents Nasser and Mubarak.

Despite their violent history, the Egyptian public gave them a chance by electing Morsi as a president with less than 20% of the eligible votes.

Since he assumed office, President Morsi totally ignored all the promises he made prior to his election. Instead, he violated the constitution and began a process of Islamization of all governmental institutions instead of focusing on the deteriorating economy, the increasing unemployment and poverty, the shortages of energy and the increasing cost of living. In the mean time, the American ambassador Anne Patterson was communicating on a regular basis with the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood, especially K. Al-Shater and M. Badie and defending their policy.

For all of these reasons and others, the Egyptian people revolted against Morsi and his criminal Muslim Brotherhood gangs and pressured the Egyptian army to remove him from office.

Let me emphasize that what happened in Egypt was a people’s revolt and not a military coup.

Let the American government proceed with their wrong policy and hope they stop their foreign aid to Egypt. Egypt can do without it and at least they will regain their dignity, which is more important than U.S. aid to the majority of the Egyptian population.


Jun 30, 2013

The Egyptian Second Revolution of June 30, 2013


The massive protest movement of June 30, 2013 has been taking place in more than 19 public squares in cities all over Egypt, where people in the millions are calling on President Morsi to resign.

All these massive protests reflect the second stage of the stalled revolution of January 25, 2011. The Muslim Brotherhood were not the ones who started the revolution, but they ended up stealing it and ignoring its objectives, which were “Aish, freedom and social justice”.

From the beginning, the Muslim Brotherhood through their political arm “The Justice and Freedom Party” began to implement their secret political strategy, which was to take full control of governmental institutions.

Furthermore, they have excluded all secular political groups and even the young Egyptian groups from their political strategy. The political policy that was pursued by the dismissed parliament before it was dissolved, as well as by the lower House and President Morsi, was pursued to directly to benefit them and not society at large.

It has been reported that more than 13,000 member of the Muslim Brotherhood were appointed to important government positions. Even the majority of the governors appointed by Morsi in the 27 governates were affiliated with their group.

Also, members of the Muslim Brotherhood were appointed to head several important ministries, such as the Information and Communications, Culture and Arts (Al-Thakafah), Energy and Food, Interior, and Education ministries.

Such political actions reflect the strategy and priority of President Morsi’s objectives, instead of giving priority to the deteriorating national economy, the increasing unemployment and poverty, the absence of national security and safety, the increase in the cost of living and the shortages of energy.

In addition to that, Egypt as an important and leading Arab state has been humiliated by terrorist organizations in Sinai More than 23 members of the armed forces and the police have been killed and no arrests have been made. In addition to the number of security forces who have been kidnapped, the list of such negative acts under President Morsi’s rule reveals that he is an incompetent person to rule and needs to be removed.

The situation that has been going on for the last two years, as well as the protests (which have been ignored by Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood), led finally to the rise of the Tamarud (“rebellious”) movement. The Tamarud movement led by Mohamed Bader and his young Egyptian groups to initiate a petition campaign to remove President Morsi from office. They have set June 30, 3013, as the date for the second stage of the unfinished Egyptian revolution of January 25, 2011.

By June 29, 2013, the Tamarud movement petition has collected 25 million signatures calling on President Morsi to resign. This figure is nearly more than twice the number of people who voted for him a year ago (2012).

The movement also coordinated with other groups, including the National Saluation Front, to start a national protest movement to force Morsi to resign and to form a national transitional government to prepare for a national election within six months.

It should also be noted that the Egyptian society is being sharply polarized between two major political groups. Those who support Morsi (one-third of the total population) claim that he was elected freely and should not resign. They accuse the opposition (who constitute more than two-third of the population) of being secular atheists and nonbelievers in Islam (“kafarah”).

The opposition group rests on the rationale that Morsi did not implement a single promise he made before his election. During the past year since his election (June 30, 2012), he did not do anything to save the country economically, socially or even in the areas of stability and safety.

In his latest speech to the Egyptian public (June 2013), President Morsi admitted that mistakes have been committed—even in the constitution—that need to be corrected. Such public statements came too late. Morsi and his superiors in the Muslim Brotherhood—who are the influential force behind all the blunders that have been committed during the past two years—are unfit to rule.

It is time for Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood to move out and open the door for others to assume the political responsibility and save Egypt from collapsing.

The irony of history is reflected in a statement that has been made by al-Murshid of the Muslim Brotherhood Mr. Badee in an interview with Mr. W. al-Ibrashi (Dream channel) two years ago. The interview was repeated on the same channel on June 28, 2013, during which al-Murshid stated publicly that he is totally against any Muslim Brotherhood member and even other Islamic groups running for political office, because he thinks it will be dangerous for Egypt.

Al-Murshid’s prophecy turned out to be true. Their political policy led to the largest protest movement in the history of Egypt. P

May 19, 2013

The Failed President


The recent kidnapping of 17 Egyptian soldiers in Sinai by terrorist Islamic criminals was an act of insult to the Egyptian government, the army and society at large. The kidnappers are demanding the release of 24 criminals who are in an Egyptian jail for crimes that they have committed.

The kidnapping of soldiers or civilians should be taken seriously and no negotiations should take place with those thugs that kidnapped them. This terrorist act was the third one within a year. The first was the kidnapping of four police officers in al-Arish, No information has been made available about the fates of those officers.

The second terrorist act was the killing of 17 Egyptian soldiers in cold blood. The killing also took place in al-Arish. The killers were not identified.

Such terrorist acts should have not been dismissed. This encourages others to act in a similar way due to the absence of security, no only in Sinai, but also all over Egypt.

The army should go after the kidnappers regardless of the cost. The young people who continue to protest, demanding the resignation of President Morsi, have a legitimate rationale. President Morsi has failed to perform his duties politically, economically, administratively and socially. The sooner he leaves office, the better Egypt will be.

Mar 31, 2013

The prosecution of George W. Bush for murder


On the tenth anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq (March, 2003), numerous articles appears in the American mass media reflecting on the biggest blunders committed in the history of the U.S. by the Bush administration. The few people who were concerned about American national interest predicted this tragedy.

However, the major newspapers of the media began to dance to the tune of music set by the Bush administration and the lobbyists representing those who would benefit from the invasion of Iraq.

The American congress, which Harry Reid described as the most corrupt in the history of the U.S., supported the invasion without examining any evidence in support of the war.

The consequences of the invasion reflect some serious problems, such as:

1)   The cost of the war to American taxpayers has been estimated to exceed $2.5 trillion. All of this money was borrowed from foreign governments, especially China. It was a war that was fought on credit cards.
2)   More than 4,500 American soldiers were killed in vain and an additional 32,000 were injured. In addition to the negative psychological and emotional impact of the war on veterans is reflected in—among other things—high suicide rates, at almost one per day.
3)   The negative impact of the war in Iraq has been disastrous to humans, as well as environmentally, politically, and economically. Literally speaking, Iraq was destroyed. The U.S. government put it on a silver platter and turned it over to Iran.

The tragedy is that no one has been tried for these blunders, including Bush and his criminal gang. The U.S. political system is filled with loopholes, which encourages politicians to lie and mislead the public without consequences for this deception.

As Vincent Bugliosi, chief prosecutor, wrote in his book ‘The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder’, “the United States of America can return to the great nation it once was again. Bugliosi believes that the first step to achieving this goal is to bring those responsible for the war in

Mar 10, 2013

Spring or Winter Revolution


During the past two years, several Arab states—including Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen— experienced massive uprisings that led to the removal of their authoritarian regimes. The revolution is still going on in Syria, where more than 70,000 have been killed and over a million have become refugees in neighboring countries. The west and the east are using the Syrian tragedy to settle their own differences.

In the mean time, some Arab states such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar are fueling the revolution in Syria. Ironically both regimes are authoritarian.

A few days ago, the Arab newspapers reported the arrest of 167 peaceful demonstrators in Saudi Arabia. These protestors were demanding humane treatment for their arrested relatives. Also, it was reported that the Qatar court sentenced Mohammed Al-Ajami, a Qatar poet, for his poem attacking the Amir of Qatar. He was given a life sentence but the court commuted the sentence to 15 years. Saudi Arabia and Qatar are in no position to criticize the Syrian regime because they are in an even worse governmental position than Syria. Qatar has the highest Gross National Income (GNI) in the world—over 86,000 per person per year—with a population of less than two million people.

Qatar can afford to incorporate the one million Syrian refugees who are living in tents and are deprived of basic daily needs. I do not want to give the impression that I am a supporter of the Syrian regime, because I am not. For the benefit of readers, the Assad family has ruled over Syrian since the 1960s, the result of the American CIA’s military coup in 1948. That military coup removed the freely and democratically elected Syrian president, Mr. S. Al-Quatley. He refused to let American oil companies extend their oil pipelines from Iraq through Syria. Since the end of World War II, the U.S. government has been a major source of political instability in the Middle East region in general and the Arab world in particular, which is still occurring today.

I consider Saudi Arabia and the Qatari regimes as puppets for the U.S. Furthermore and regrettably to say, the Morsi government in Egypt is of the same type of government. Unfortunately, the younger Egyptian population that initiated the January 25th Revolution to save their country from the corrupt regime of Hosni Mubarak (paying in blood to do so) has been marginalized by the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood is spreading their political influence in every government institution at the expense of others. They are worse than the previous regime, are ignorant, and will end up paying a heavy price.

Feb 8, 2013

The Muslim Brotherhood and the Iranian Model


The Iranian model of 1979 is emerging in Egypt.
Recently several high-ranking Iranian officials have visited Cairo under the pretext of improving relations between Iran and Egypt.
President Morsi’s political-religious acts and that of his party, al Hureyya wel Adala, as well as the Muslism Brotherhood’s organization, reflect similar trends to that of the 1979’s Iranian revolution. This similarity is reflected in the followings:
1.   Liberal-secular and Islamic political groups protesting the corruption of the Shah regime, Mohamed Reda Pahlavi, initiated the Iranian revolution. They succeeded in removing the Shah from power. He was overthrown, and the first head of the new revolutionary regime was a liberal and secular.
2.   The religious leader in exile in France, Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran. He was received as a Mahdi. A year later, 1980-81, the Islamists stole the revolution and eliminated the secular political leaders who originally began the revolution.
3.   The Islamist political leaders under the leadership of Khamenei began the Islamization of all governmental institutions. The opposition was accused of being atheists, enemies of Islam who deserved to be killed!
4.   The Islamist government began to develop a military group known as the Iranian National Revolutionary guards. This step was taken to prevent any attempts from the regular army to interfere in the policy of the emerging Islamic regime.
5.   The opposition consisting of liberal groups began to vociferously oppose the Islamic regime. This opposition has been going on for more than three decades.
6.   The highest spiritual religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameni, is the real power in Iran. His authority is higher than that of president Ahmad Najad. This political authority is shaped in a pyramidal form with the religious authority established at the top of the pyramid.

It is clear the emerging Egyptian political structure has many similarities with that of Iran. Is this intentional? Or, is this a typical model of any religious group interested in gaining political power?
1.   Young liberals sparked the Egyptian revolution of January 25, 2011. They were supported by millions of Egyptians. The Muslim Brothers were later joiners of the Revolution.
2.    The Mubarak regime fell on February 11, 2011. The Egyptian Higher Military Council and the Muslim Brothers united in order to prevent the realization of any further demands from young, liberal revolutionaries. However, the young revolutionaries continued to call for “Freedom, Social and Economic Justice.” They further insisted on the punishment of those behind the killings of many young protesters. Actually, they have not been brought to justice until now.
3.   The Muslim Brothers, as Egyptians maintain, stole the Revolution. Morsi was elected president in June 2012. He was able to abolish the original Higher Military Council and to nominate a new and young Defense Minister, El Sessi. There was more than one Prime Minister who consequently resigned. President Morsi finally nominated Hisham Kandeel as prime minister. The later is a young man who lacks experience and above all lacks presence and political savoir-faire.
4.   The different political groups were excluded from sharing in the new government. The Egyptian press is continually referring to the power behind the throne, which is that of the Murshid, leader of the Muslim Brothers, and his deputy Khayrat el Shater. Neither of the two men was elected!
5.   The Egyptian president, Morsi, issued in November 2012, a constitutional decree giving himself unlimited power. Such decree allowed him to neutralize the power of the Higher Egyptian Constitutional Court. He then dismissed 7 outspoken judges who have asked for dissolving the Egyptian Parliament on the basis that the election of its members was in violation of the Constitution.  Furthermore, those judges began to investigate the election of the new magliss el shoura as well as the Committee appointed by the dissolved Parliament to draft the new constitution. Morsi then removed the General Prosecutor, el guindi, replacing him by a sympathizer to his policy.
6.   The Morsi regime, similar to the Iranian religious regime, created its own militia. According to the Egyptian newspaper, al wafd (1/31,2013) the Minister of Interior, Mohamed Ibrahim, allowed this Militia to join the police in order to suppress any revolt by the demonstrators. They were violent in their tactics, many were killed. This   violates the new Constitution, article 109!!
7.   The unfortunate further strategy of president Morsi was his trial to destroy the freedom of press. He appointed a Minister of Information, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. It should be stressed however the fact that until now the Egyptian media is still quite defiant toward any government pressures.

Anyone familiar with the history of the Iranian revolution (1979) cannot but see the similar steps the new Egyptian regime is undertaken. Is this intentional? It remains to be seen.
The Muslim Brotherhood, for the past 80 years, has been dreaming of assuming power. It will be very hard to remove such regime!
However, I would like to stress here, during the past two years and since the election of president Morsi and his negative policies, the Muslim Brothers have lost credibility among a large number of Egyptians. 
It is an interesting time to be in Egypt and to follow the trend and development of events.


Feb 1, 2013

US Government and the Muslim Brotherhood


On January 28, 2013 the Egyptian newspaper ‘al watan’ reported ‘Khayrat el Shater, deputy director of the Muslim Brotherhood, met with the American ambassador, Ann Paterson.’ El Shater was seeking US support for president Morsi.
Since 2007, according to the Egyptian press, US government officials have been meeting with some members of the Muslim Brotherhood organization. The Muslim Brothers spokesman denied such meetings.
The puzzling question to Egyptians is why did the US ambassador meet with Khayrat el Shater who is not an elected figure?
Having thoroughly studied and followed US government’s policy toward the Arab Word such meeting does not surprise me.
US government officials will meet with anyone they see fit to help achieving their foreign policy in the Middle East in general and in the Arab World in particular.
Two major issues influence the US foreign policy toward the Arab World:
1.   The safety of Israel and its military superiority in the region.
2.   The preservation of the Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel. The Muslim Brother’s leaders have assured the US government of their support for the Peace Treaty.
3.   The control of the flow of oil to the West.  In reality, such concern is not triggered by the American national interest, but rather by American lobbyists.
The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and American oil company’s lobbyists are among the most influential group shaping American foreign policy irrespective of its impact on the American national interest. Hence, when American foreign policy makers publicly request the implementation of democracy in Egypt, it is simply for public consumption.
History reveals the fact that American officials, in general, have supported ruthless dictators, all over the world, as along as they implement their policy. Once those dictators fail to fulfill such policy, American support is withdrawn.
Is history going to repeat itself in the case of Egypt? It remains to be seen!

Jan 31, 2013

President Morsi Public Speech


On the eve of January 25, 2013, president Morse addressed the nation expressing his concern about the protesters’ impact on Egyptian society.
The president declared Marshall law to be imposed for a whole month on three governorates: Suez, Ismailia, and Port Said. The public was astonished that those three cities were only targeted and not the whole country since demonstrators and violence have occurred in many other cities.
The media criticized the declaration because of its unconstitutionality. The foreign press has also criticized president Morsi’s decision in imposing Marshall law.
 The Egyptians, in general, are disappointed in Morsi’s policy. He failed to implement promises he made during his electoral campaign. Furthermore, it became clear that the real power behind the throne is the leader (murshid) of the Muslim Brothers and his deputy, Khayrat el Shater. Morsi lost credibility as well as his presidential authority. This is very well reflected in Egyptian humor. Caricatures, humoristic articles and TV programs have all been entertaining the disappointed Egyptian public.
The people of Suez, Ismailia and Port Said are disregarding the curfew imposed on them. The curfew is supposed to begin at 9:00 PM, and this is when then public begins to play soccer games the whole evening. Streets are filled with inhabitants, men, women and children, chanting, holding flags and shouting slogans against the Muslim Brothers’ government.
It is a kind of filibuster or marathon through which they defied Morsi’s authority, and calling for his removal. The daring of the public is one positive result of the January 25th Revolution. Egyptians are not afraid anymore.
Facing such turmoil, the minister of Defense publically declared that Egypt is facing internal threats, which is of concern to national security. He, then declared according to the Constitution, the Egyptian military is ready to assume its responsibility toward the country!
Doesn’t this ring a bell?????