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Thursday, 26 December 2013

The Egyptian people are the losers.

Egypt's military-backed interim government has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, criminalising all its activities, its financing and even membership to the group from which the country's ousted president hails.

President Mohammed Morsi

Whether you support the Muslim Brotherhood or not, the Egyptian people as a nation have finally lost. Egypt has returned to the "bad old days" prior to the "Egyptian Spring" of 2011 and the removal of the SCAF puppet Mubarak and Field Marshall Tantawi, and descended to a new dark age of military oppression perhaps even more sinister than that which existed until 2 years ago. .
The new military junta, headed by Abdel Fatah al-Sisi hiding behind the facade of respectability after the July coup with the title of "Interim government" issues a statement that ""The cabinet has declared the Muslim Brotherhood group and its organisation as a terrorist organisation." and with those 15 words expects to silence any opposition or resistance to the military dictatorship.
No doubt, resistance and criticism will continue in the bars and cafes' of Cairo, Alexandria and other places around the country, but the new junta has demonstrated over the past few months since July that they are an oppressive and ruthless regime, who deserve the title of "terrorists"  perhaps more than any political party, movement or group within the country at this time.

 "Interim President" Adly Mansour with coup leader Abdel Fatah al-Sisi

 The show trials of President Morsi and hundreds of other people, members of or associated with those groups and individuals supporting the legitimate elected President of Egypt, the closure of the Raffah crossings into Gaza, the distancing of Egypt from Palestinian aspirations and protests, the movement of Egypt closer to Tel Aviv and the suppression of any criticism or protests from within, are indicative of a militarily controlled nation now covertly supported by America to an even greater extent than previously, The losers in this sad and at the same time sinister development are of course the Egyptian people. Naturally there are some, perhaps many people who supported Mubarak and consider that the military coup of earlier this year was a good thing and that al-Sisi is restoring order to the country. However, the millions of people who overthrew the Mubarak/Tantawi regime two years ago, and thought that they were establishing some form of democracy in their country have been betrayed and their Egyptian spring has been cancelled  to be replaced by the very corruption, greed and military excesses that they thought, through their sacrifices and demonstrations in Tahrir square and a thousand other places throughout Egypt, had gone.