PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Aayesha Soni
 
Comments: 14
Article views: 916
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Aayesha Soni's badges.
 

Unfair to Morsi

05 July 2013, 18:36

I remember watching the overthrow of the dictator Mubarak on international news channels with an indescribable sense of justice and hope. The waving Egyptian flags and timeless pictures depicting the celebrations taking place in Tahrir Square left me with a feeling of anticipation for a great future ahead for Egypt as a country.

Following their first ever democratic elections and the processes associated with it only served to increase my intense feelings of optimism and triumph of freedom over tyranny.  However, the latest developments in Egypt have left me somewhat dejected and rather disappointed in the Egyptian people.

The Muslim Brotherhood was not afforded a fair and equal chance to rule the country they were democratically elected to lead. Hardly a quarter of a way through his term Muhammed Morsi, who had been held to unfair standards and unrealistic expectations from the very outset of his election, has been ousted from his position of leadership.

That too, it has fallen under the identity of a military coup meaning that the Egyptian people are once again under the rule of the military- an ironic situation seeing as the military always played a pivotal role under the Mubarak regime. It is interesting to note at this point that the USA has provided the Egyptian military with significant financial aid since the 1970s, with president Obama pledging $1,3 billion to SCAF this year!

So why is it that Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood have been vilified, when the events of the past year would allude to the fact that the Brotherhood has often been the victim, rather than the instigator, of violence? Thirty Muslim Brotherhood offices have been set ablaze or destroyed, and some members of the Brotherhood have been killed or burned alive, with many others being subject to systemic violence.

The 2011 uprising against the Mubarak regime was, with some isolated incidents, overwhelmingly nonviolent and yet in a short period of time, some in Egypt have become convinced that aggression against an elected president and ruling political group is legitimate. When the Egyptian people had been waiting for over eighty years for a democracy, why was the elected party given less than a year to try and lead Egypt out of the dark abyss of it mess of an economy and numerous environmental, health, transportation, education, and energy crises ?

The answer is simple. The call for a “new” revolution was made just 2 months after Morsi had been elected (when his nationwide popularity rating was at 70%) and the culmination of efforts by the numerous counter-revolutionary groups, 2012 presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi and Amr Moussa and the Western-backed military is the coup we witness today.

Through a well-crafted and intricate media propaganda campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood, the Egyptian people have been fooled into believing, via the main news outlets and countless Egyptian journalists who see themselves more as political activists than objective commentators, the that Muslim Brotherhood has no national interest at heart and is rather driven by their own personal agendas.

While Morsi has made some leadership mistakes (which leader hasn’t?) he and his party have been unfairly maligned. The anti-Morsi smear campaign has involved painting Morsi as a leader unconcerned for the welfare of the general Egyptian. Mohamad Elamasry, who has studied this discourse for 11 years, has described the propaganda machine against Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood as unlike anything he has ever seen before.

The opposition was ready to start plotting against the Muslim Brotherhood almost as soon as their rule began. With the current state of affairs, Egypt is in one big mess and it looks as if the counter-revolutionaries have been successful in their plan of destabilisation.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
14 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Monsternari@hell
SA Airlink - an expensive journey

Flying to Kimberley today from Cape Town return on Friday. Cost of ticket R 6500. Read more...

15 comments 3597 views
Submitted by
GMitch
Submitted by
Martin Malatjie
Disadvantaged students and poor f...

Every time when political demagogue are on the podium addressing students, they always promise free education, particularly tertiary education. Read more...

8 comments 344 views
Old people & Nurses

Old people… they are not a mysterious species that just one day ‘showed up’, we all know where they come from.  Read more...

5 comments 572 views
Submitted by
SharksterII
Open letter to Archibald and Jim ...

I am writing you this letter, not to ridicule or judge you, but to point you to a statement or two that you made in other articles… Read more...

18 comments 438 views
Submitted by
Christo Smith205
Married men, a humble plea

So I climbed into bed last Wednesday night, round bout 10:15. It being late and most of my so called “friends” have retired from a very exhausting day apparently.  Read more...

33 comments 3674 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 60% on toys!

Don’t miss out on this hot offer, save up to 60% on toys. While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 35% off books

Save up to 35% on the latest page-turners. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.