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Thought and Reflection, 2 years after Egyptian
Revolution: “When leftists support The Muslim Brotherhood”
By Mohamed S. Kamel
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, February 4, 2013
After 2 years of the great
modern Egyptian revolution, we all have to reflect and think loudly. We need
to reflect on our positions, and our dreams to rediscover our strength
needed to build the New Egypt. Thoughts and reflections that need to be
examined with open heart and mind.
It is usually easy to
refuse everything and to stay in the opposition camp without taking the
blame. It might be easier on the personal level in a short term. Provocation
of fear and hate, screaming and destruction are easier than building.
Building is the most difficult job, the longest, and hardest to sell.
But for the wellbeing of Egypt and for our own conscious, let’s not go down
That is why some choose a different pass;
choose that hard pass willingly motivated by an analysis of the situation in
Egypt and an assumption built on the complex challenges facing the new
Egypt. The analysis of these aspects has been driven by a reading of the
history of Egypt, the characteristic of the Egyptian population, the
position of different participants in the Egyptian politics, and the
beneficiaries from a failing revolution, in addition to the international
That is how a segment of the leftist and liberal thinking
chose and accepted the blame of some and the wondering of others for allying
with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), as if it is a crime.
But, do I
really believe in the MB platform? Mostly not! So why do I choose to support
Egypt’s problems weren’t developed in the last 2 years or
the last 6 months, and weren’t expected to be solved or even improved in
this short period of time or even in the coming 5 years.
Mubarak’s regime in 18 days was a huge achievement but this doesn’t mean
that the country will be rebuilt in 18 month or even 18 years.
Egypt’s problems are an outcome of 40 years of organized crime that worked
hard to destroy Egypt’s resources including its valuable human resource, by
demoralizing the nation, distorting its history, and uprooting hope and self
This destruction touched the entire Egyptian society
including the political parties, politicians and most of the opposition
figures. This polluted and corrupted air penetrated the media be
it mainstream or alternative, owned by the government or the opposition.
During these 40 years, the Egyptian leftists and all liberal forces
opposed the regime individually and never worked within the society to build
it is own grass roots; wrongly believing that they own the heart and the
mind of the people.
This manipulated destruction could not be fought with
historical slogans that lost their power after 40 years of systematic abuse
by the ex-regime and the opposition as well. As such, it is irresponsible to
live in the past and hang-up on these slogans.
Only the MB was
clever in building its grass root movement and maintaining its direct link
with the people; building it is own wealth and solidarity movement across
the country that was able to support its members and their family especially
throughout the ex-regime’s mass arrests and oppression.
January 25, 2011, no single Egyptian can claim that they knew that this
would be the outcome. So when the regime collapsed, MB was the only group
that could act as an available alternative to govern.
liberal forces and the leftist responsible for this outcome? Partially yes!
They developed multiple diseases, lost the people’s heart, thinking that
pretending to be the only inheritance of Nasser’s era would permit them to
abuse people’s intelligence as the regime had done. Leaders turned into
television stars, creating a new form of militants who can militate on TV
not in the villages and countries. They didn’t lead the society and they
were not able to show a leadership for their own audience. Many of them are
fighting among each other.
On the other hand, the collapsed regime
didn’t give up and will never do. Its remained pockets, “Felol, in slang
Egyptian”, are fighting a survival war that would end with their return or
disappearance from the map.
Throughout this picture we have to
examine the goals and requirements of this particular phase. Understanding
this phase’s goals is essential to be able to judge correctly.
Egypt needs after these 40 years of destruction? Egypt needs a cleanup of
the mess created by that regime and a crackdown on all its remaining
elements that continue to control every single governmental institutions,
juridical institution, media, educational system…etc.
and crackdown should go along with rebuilding the confidence, raising the
morale slandered, helping the society recover from the reckless attitude,
and injecting the society with a healthy hard working and selflessness mind
The outcome of this situation is the success or the failure of
the revolution. And that is why in spite that many of the Egyptians don’t
agree with the MB ideology, they choose to mandate the MB to do the job.
This is the position that has been taken since the second round in the
presidential election. This is the position taken by hundreds of thousands
of Egyptians. Might it be right or wrong, it is purely motivated by the
desire to build the new Egypt.
Understanding that the Egyptian
society is in an early stage of learning democracy should lead us to
distinguish between the disagreement and the destruction. The dictatorship
regime has collapsed and will not come back unless we open the door to
its remaining pockets, allying with them in the same line calling for the
fall of the newborn administration and not acting as constructive
opposition forces, now calling themselves “the salvation front”, are not
motivated by a plan or a building project. These collectives are all
motivated with hate, hating the MB and even some of them hating any Islamic
slogan or project.
This has been clear for awhile, such as when using
Mubarak’s constitutional court to dissolve a legitimately elected
parliament, or irresponsibly calling to boycott the elections, withdrawing
from the constitution committee and challenging its legitimacy and refusing
all actions from the president even those called upon by the revolution
(such as removing Mubarak’s appointed attorney general and changing
government media appointees).
Some of these opposition figures went as far as spreading a new wave
of feeling of failure by raising the expectation limit to an extent that
many thought that the 40 years of destruction will be solved and Egypt would
be built in 6 months. Blaming the president for a train crash and an arrest
of an Egyptian abroad is an easy way.
situation change? Yes for sure, but under several conditions and only when
the opposition recognizes that their movement should be built on a real
alternative project not on Islamophobic acts and slogans. They should come
clean by not including any of the old regime figures in their movement.
This could happen only when we stop acting as adolescents. Everyone is
working hard to prove their own point of view even if the price is the
failure of the revolution. Everyone is dying to prove that their camp is on
the right track rather than making it work.
We should respect
people’s will and no one group has the right to think that they are above
the people’s choice. We shouldn’t think or accept that a legitimately
elected system could be removed as done with Mubarak’s regime, because if
this happened, it will destroy the newly born democracy.
situation can change only if we believe in reconciliation. If we understand
that freedom and democracy should be built on a learning curve, and by
learning from the past. If we understand that there is no such thing as
“with us or against us”. We shouldn’t consider the others as the enemies.
The only enemy is the ex-regime and the counterrevolution. Not trusting MB
is different than hating and excluding them.
This situation can
change only when we accept people’s will and don’t consider that we are the
only patriots and the only intelligent beings; when we distinguish between
the time to demonstrate, the time of intelligent opposition and the time of
cooperation with others including the governing party.
To make it
happen, all forces in Egypt need to learn how to govern and how to oppose.
They need to appreciate each party’s limit and understand the limits of
Egypt’s resources and capacities.
To make it happen, we should
regain our moral standards and learn how to deal with each other in a
respectable professional way. We shouldn’t forget that Egypt’s media needs
to be cleaned up. We should stop listening to the ignorants calling
themselves experts and stop trying to invent the wheels.
to learn from other democracies. Judges job is to apply the law not to make
it, foreign affair employees can’t take a stand against their employer’s
instructions, demonstrators are not allowed to get close to presidential
palaces, and the media’s job is to inform not to spread lies?
at this moment, can we say that real Liberal and Leftist movements are going
to be built in the new Egypt. And this will never happen under the existing
* Mohamed S. Kamel: is a Freelance writer,
the editor of http://forafreeegypt.blogspot.com/,
he is a professional engineer, a LEED Green Associate and a recognized
project manager professional, he is Member of several civil society
organizations, a co-founder of the Canadian Egyptian for Democracy (CEFD),
National Association for Change in Egypt (Taghyeer – Canada), Association of
the Egyptians of Montreal (AEM), Alternative Perspective Media (APM-RAM), ,
Quebec Antiwar movement “Échec à la Guerre”, Coalition for Justice and Peace
in Palestine “CJPP”, ex-president and co-founder of the Canadian Muslim
Forum (CMF), member of the board of trustee in the Canadian Muslim for
Palestine (CMP) and Community Center for Montreal Muslims (CCMM) . He could
be reached at