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Brotherhood criticises West’s “hypocrisy”

The Muslim Brotherhood lambasts Western governments and their post-3 July stances in its weekly message

Former President, Mohamed Morsi (AFP File Photo)
Former President  Mohamed Morsi
(AFP File Photo)

The Muslim Brotherhood accused the United States and other Western governments of complicity in Egypt’s recent bloodshed and supporting the change of power that ousted former president Mohamed Morsi.

The Brotherhood, which issues a weekly letter, focused on Western support for Morsi’s ouster while “those governments simultaneously boast that they represent human rights and the principles of democracy”.

“We reject any foreign interference in the affairs of our country as we strive for independence and freedom from foreign domination,” read the Brotherhood’s letter. “But what we want is for Western governments to take a stance consistent with their proclaimed principles, and to not support dictatorships as they have done often for a long time.”

The Muslim Brotherhood, which has suffered a crackdown since Morsi’s removal in July, accused the West of standing in front of democratic change in Third World countries if those changes do not come with the same liberal values touted by Western society.

The group also said that countries such as the United States were guilty of carrying out invasions against other countries and torturing prisoners while “claiming to respect human rights.”

Egypt’s democratic transition, according to the Muslim Brotherhood, made it clear that the popular will wanted an Islamist government that would implement projects promoting the country’s independence, which was against the interest of the United States and Western governments and against “American hegemony.”

The Brotherhood also accused those who lost elections in Egypt of conspiring with the “deep state”, following the West and using various parts of Morsi’s presidency to sabotage his administration under the complicity of foreign diplomats and governments, adding that the Egyptian military had been waiting to stage a coup d’état.

It also reiterated its stance against the media crackdown following Morsi’s ouster and the use of repression by the interim government in dealing with demonstrators, also highlighting the role of Al-Azhar and the Coptic Orthodox Church in standing by the change in power.

The message contrasted the Western position with the African Union, which temporarily suspended Egypt from its Peace and Security Council and added that the AU was “more honest and more adherent to the principles of those hypocrites [of the West].”

“Egyptians still remember the eloquent speech delivered by [US] President [Barack] Obama at Cairo University about improving the relationship with the Islamic world and calling for the adherence of the principles of democracy and that he would support the democratic transition,” said the Brotherhood. “Today he gave up this call and masquerading these promises in favour of bold dictatorship and cooperation with the coup killers.”

The Muslim Brotherhood and other groups calling for the return of Morsi have sustained demonstrations since his ouster, considering the interim government illegitimate.

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  • sam enslow

    Anyone see a pattern here. General Sisi and his supporters claim the US supports Morsi and The Brothers. The Brothers claim the US supported General Sisi. Every time there is a problem or disagreement, it is blamed on the US and the West. Egyptians are responsible for nothing?
    I wish people would go back and read media opinion when Morsy was elected (at the time it was said the US supported SCAF and Shafiq). There were many questions raised about US support of the new government. “The US will support democracy only if the people vote the right way. They will not support an Islamist government.” Of course there was the same outcry when the US named Hamas a terrorist organization. At the time in Egypt, Hamas was a friend of Egypt and an army of freedom fighters. The US respected the choice of the Egyptian people and allowed aid to continue, but gave Morsy no special treatment. When Obama went to Israel, he did not stop in Egypt as was custom on such trips, no trips to the White House were in the cards. As was the case with Egyptians, the US quickly lost faith in The Brothers, but their departure was an Egyptian event contrary to public opinion.
    There are always those who claim the US is inconstant in its policies toward Egypt. Has anything been consistent in Egypt since 2011? Policies change with circumstances and the wishes of the people of Egypt. The US is not the grand master of events in Egypt – nor does it want to be. The US desire is to leave the Middle East and to concentrate on SE Asia. Even US petroleum firms are selling their assets in Egypt and Middle East. Apache Petro. has already sold its stake in Egypt to China. Occidental Petro. is putting its Middle East assets on sale. The Middle East with all of its sectarian hatreds is not worth the effort. The anti-American sentiment, valid or not, has worked. It is assumed that soon Egypt will be making deals with China and Russia. It was Egypt’s choice.

    • Reda Sobky

      Yes, your analysis is cogent, but in real life when there is only one real super power perceptions can make a big difference but yes you are right, it is and was a dynamic situation with shifting sands and the US probably lost faith in the deposed when they saw how strong the consensus to remove them was and now as usual the deposed become the spoilers and the groups that were once united, now push their own agendas. it is a classic case to which applies modern game theory which maps out how parties move about a multipolar power dynamic to advantage themselves, and so it is in Egypt too. Personally, my hope was that this would signal the birth of a new Egyptian consciousness that would strive towards social transformation that enables serious economic development, otherwise the demographic bulge will generate serious upheaval. One of the potential ironies in the situation is that it doesn’t matter who is responsible for holding up Egypt’s development, if in fact that is fated to happen. Although better off than other destroyed countries such as Syria and Libya, the loss of opportunity in this eleventh hour would inevitably have negative consequences maybe not in the lifetime of the decision makers but certainly in the lifetimes of their children. It looked for an Egyptian minute that an inter generational consensus could emerge and i think it still can and Moslimany seems to be working on it and one should not be surprised that people have confidence in Sisi’s integrity and until proven otherwise will continue their support because if the army had stood with either of the two fallen regimes things could have become Syria like very quickly, witness the crystal night when forty churches were torched, ethnic cleansing at its worst and here i would remind you that the US bombed Serbia to submission over crimes against humanity in Bosnia/Cosova which victimized Moslems. There are multiple confounding dimensions to the situation best discussed elsewhere but thank you for your comments they certainly open the door to discussion of “what do other peoples want from America now? or What does America want others to do?

      • Intellectualist

        America wants citizens of the world to unite on universal principles of self governance, human rights, and freedom of religion. We see the free press as both an outlet for the disenfranchised and a valuable source for intellectual and moral lessons to help guide their journey. We seek to step back from our physical involvement except in cases of preventing imminent genocide(Libya) and indiscriminate bloodshed(terrorists).

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