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Egypt and the Sinister Coup Culture in the Middle East

29 January 2014, 08:14

After the age of colonialism, Western countries encouraged Arab nationalism in the Middle East and built their relations in the region on that foundation. They first severed these countries’ long-standing links with the Ottoman Empire and then reshaped the Middle East by dividing it up into small countries. They laid hands on all the natural wealth and underground resources in these lands and turned it toward themselves. The West for a long time maintained its policy of exploiting these states that began forming in the Middle East in the wake of the First World War.

However, the nationalism that the West initially encouraged in these countries to turn them against the Ottoman Empire gradually led to their also turning against the West owing to a nationalist way of thinking. Therefore, nationalism also ended up being harmful to the West. These nationalist endeavors on the part of Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, the Gulf countries, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran and then countries in northern Africa turned into an uprising against Western exploitation and soon turned into something the West needed to stop. According to the West’s calculations of its own interests in the region, a solution needed to be found to the nationalization of the resources in these countries.

And thus the West produced a sinister coup culture in order to bring these countries in the Middle East under control

Shah Muhammad Reza Pahlavi against Prime Minister Mossadeq in Iran, Kharzai in Afghanistan, Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and Saddam Hussein in Iraq entered the stage of history as Middle East dictators with the support of the West.

The source of the constant turmoil and disagreement in the Middle East is this sinister culture of coups and dictatorships that dominates Middle Eastern societies. In our day, too, the Middle East is being crushed beneath this coup culture as it seeks to escape a fundamentalist conception of religion.

This culture gradually took over some religious people, as well. The army and the military adopted this distorted viewpoint that attaches no value to man and believes that problems can only be resolved through conflict. They turned into a force of hatred capable of killing its own people without batting an eyelid and this, as in Egypt today, gave birth to a system that disregards and seeks to eliminate human rights, liberties, tolerance and democracy.

In addition, although Islam, the literal meaning of which is “peace,” represented a very important unifying element in these lands, Middle Eastern societies were produced, under the influence of the West, with a Darwinist and materialist education teaching for years that ‘they are merely irresponsible animals.’ Under the influence of the materialist mindset,  those exposed to such education for many years have become quite capable of slaughtering their own brothers in their countries. The unpleasant viewpoint of Darwinism, that attaches no value to human beings and regards them literally as soulless animals , has led to the Egyptian army having no qualms about perpetrating terrible slaughter before the eyes of the world.

‘Life is a Battleground’ philosophy

According to the ruthless and superstitious teachings of Darwinism, ‘life is a battleground.’ People need to fight tooth and nail to survive. Thus the perverse philosophy of Darwinism represents the main source of the hatred in the Middle East.

Of course, the same materialist perspective and lovelessness also predominate in many countries in the West; however, because of the general affinity for democracy in the West and the way they are united and support one another in that ideal means they will not sit back and watch a similar situation to that going on in the Middle East happening in their own lands.

Lovelessness reigns the Middle East

On the other hand, since people do not live by the true Islam in these lands and keep their distance from the moral values of the Qur’an, and since a fundamentalist model has emerged, they are far removed from a warm and loving structure that desires brotherhood. As a result, lovelessness has come to reign in the Middle East. Generations have emerged devoid of love, attaching no value to other people.

The Middle East, once the cradle of civilizations, is being wracked by war and conflict in this century. Lovelessness has set people against their close friends, neighbors, school and work colleagues and even members of their own families. So much so that the blood never stops flowing in Egypt, and they are moving toward the edge of the abyss. 

Everyone in the region is frankly stunned that the states of the world are sitting back and watching the slaughter. Yet this is in fact what the West’s longstanding policy of supporting coups in the Middle East demands; that is why the international powers are not taking the requisite steps to halt the slaughter caused by the coup and its attendant mentality in Egypt.

Yes, maybe we have been hearing the global powers in question saying things about condemning the killing in Egypt. This is a step forward compared to their initial silence, yet condemnation is very obviously not enough.

First and foremost, events in Egypt need to be called by their proper name. Each one of these countries must call a coup ‘a coup’ and slaughter, ‘slaughter’ and must oppose any situation that forms a hindrance to  freedoms and democracy.  The Egyptian army can easily murder thousands more Egyptians unless prevented by such powers as America, Europe or the Arabs. 

The Egyptian army is a force established against its own people

The Egyptian army, a part of the Middle East that has been forged in the coup culture, is a force that has been established against its own people ever since the time of Nasser. The Egyptian army is not intended to protect the country against foreign aggressors. It was set up as a deterrent force aimed against its own people through a logic inherited from dictatorial regimes and so it continues down this path. Such armies remain silent and passive in the face of external threats. If they have to fight external forces they can be swiftly defeated. Thus, the Egyptian army is only strong in the face of its own people.

The fact that a slaughter has taken place in Egypt in the wake of the coup and which has left deep scars that will go down in history has put Western countries in a difficult position because of their backing for the army. Countries that for decades have claimed to support democracy and human rights and to oppose terror, persecution and injustice, have essentially  come to support the slaughter.

We all know that had these powers opposed the coup against democracy in Egypt right from the outset, the Egyptian army would never have been brave enough to perpetrate that massacre right from the start. Indeed, we all know how timid the Egyptian army would have been in the face of any external threat from Egypt’s neighbors or countries such as the USA or Israel, even if that threat was simply in the form of sanctions or pressure.

To date there has been terrible suffering in a very short period time in Egypt. Many members of the Egyptian public have lost their lives for opposing this blow against democracy. They have been martyred, injured, detained or tortured. Of course it was totally undesirable for such things to happen but what is happening must show various vital truths to the people of Egypt, Islamic countries, the Middle East and the whole world.

People sharing the same beliefs have slaughtered one another in the same country. People sharing the same beliefs have fallen out and become enemies. The one and only reason for this is a failure to abide by God’s command in the Qur’an. Although being 'people of love’ is one of the most important characteristics of Muslims, the picture in the Middle East is full of the disasters inflicted by lovelessness. Instead of resolving problems with love, people seek to harass  one another with coups, killing and persecution. It is impossible for such a method to resolve problems in any country in the world.

A coalition government should be established based on love, brotherhood and peace

The solution that can save Egypt is to try to rebuild love right from the foundations. It is the establishment of a coalition government in Egypt possessing a broad ethnic and faith-related diversity within a conception of love, in which every section of society, including the army, can make its voice heard;  that administration must be based on love, brotherhood and peace.

No climate of peace and unity can be established in a society where there is no love and in which different points of view cannot live side by side. Living in the spirit of such love is one of the main features and requirements of Islamic moral values. If love and tolerance exist, the road to agreement must be found on the basis of the lowest common denominator.

Such a model is essential, not just for Egypt, but for all the countries of the world. When such moral values prevail, the longed for and desired conception of democracy will settle across the world.

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