If you sow wind

تم نشره في Thu 3 April / Apr 2014. 07:16 PM - آخر تعديل في Thu 3 April / Apr 2014. 07:16 PM

By Muhammad Aburumman

The Cairo University bombings yesterday — despite my strong condemnation of it — is only a natural, and an initial, result of the death sentences issued by a serial killer wearing a judge’s gown in Egypt against the 528 members of the Muslim Brotherhood, after two court sessions only.

Also, it is a result of the tens of thousands of prisoners who are university students and politicians, not necessarily affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. If you sow wind you reap a storm!

I have watched, recently, a video recording of the trial of Professor Salah Sultan, one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and one of the most prominent jurists.

In the recording, the judge yells at him “shut up”, which angered the lawyers of this excessive frivolity of the Egyptian judges, and their disregard for the sanctity of a judge stature and prestige of their position, which has been demeaned at the hands of these judges during the period of military rule in Egypt!

Since the beginning of the events, the Egyptian media that is backed by the state security apparatus had a notorious reputation, insisting on including the brotherhood on the agenda of terrorism, and attributing the operations to the group, and affiliating with groups like Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis and others affiliated with the Jihadi Salafists — groups who are ideologically and politically contradict the Muslim Brotherhood.

Not only they are ideologically and politically contradicting, but differences between them have reached to fighting in Gaza under the rule of “Hamas”.

At first, the Egyptian media did not succeed. But with the passage of time and the fading legitimate grounds for civil, peaceful, and democratic action, and as the militarization of the Egyptian daily life continue, some youth members of the Muslim Brotherhood are leaking into the Jihadi Salafists movement, which is normal and expected.

There wont be a time where, the Brotherhood, would officially adopted violence and armed action. But the time in which we find a large number of young people seep into armed action, extremism, and violence is close due to the security agenda, both on an Egypt and Arab level.

Those supporting coup, betting on bolstering their stance, and calling for purging Egypt of the Muslim Brotherhood, is completely mistaken;  the issue is not linked to the brotherhood, but to democracy and change, and people wanting out of the cave systems of the corrupt security and autocratic authorities that brought peoples and Arab societies to this catastrophic path and still insist on continuing so drag the people into something more dangerous and worst , as the regime of Assad today, when he prefers to split Syria and slaughter rather than accepting a peaceful transition in which he will give up his seat!

Betting on the success of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi , via external financial assistance, and an iron hand , is also a losing bet that does not have any lessons learned from history . This person refuses to see the size of the changes and transformations that have taken place in the Arab region. These are people who stand behind the official Arab regimes saying that what is needed at this time is closing the door before change, and throwing all of the powers of political Islam into the trench of violence and terrorism, on the basis that there is no moderate and extreme, but all of them are extremists !

Such a disastrous bet only carries the promise of doom to the region and its peoples. The Islamic movement apparent in the scene cannot be eradicated by executions, arrests, and killings; such policies were tried again and again, and we are faced with two tracks: Firstly, the failure of this bet and search for another way. Secondly, its success in forcing tens of thousands of young Muslim Brotherhood members, under corrupt, tyrant regimes, to adopt radical armed conflict, and then the result will be seas of chaos, violence, blood, and radicalism.

What prosperity awaits those who adopt this genius bet?



This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition.