The title of a recently released Al-Jazeera article is “In Sisi, Egyptians see an iron fist and A SILVER BULLET (?)” (Web-site/URL: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/1/28/in-sisi-egyptiansseeanironfistandasilverbullet.html).
“On Monday (January 27 2014), Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) announced it had approved a run for president by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and cleared the way for the acting defense minister to be discharged from the military, a requirement to run for president”.
“In a statement, the SCAF referred to Sisi’s as yet unannounced candidacy as “an onus (duty) and an OBLIGATION”. Interim president Adly Mansour, whom Sisi installed as president in July (2013), promoted him to the army’s highest rank of field marshal the same day (January 27 2014)”. So, we went from SISI to MANSOUR and now BACK TO SISI. This should remind us of RUSSIA where VLADIMIR PUTIN HAND-PICKED DIMITRY MEDVEDEV because he couldn’t be in power for more than 2 consecutive powers and returned to power after Medvedev led for 4 years. We’re seeing the same CIRCUS in Egypt.
“In the past few months, he has overseen A RUTHLESS CRACKDOWN by Muslim Brotherhood supporters of Morsi (Mursi/Morsy), who on Tuesday (January 28 2014) made his latest appearance in a Cairo court, where he faces charges of INCITING VIOLENCE after being deposed“. There are TWO things to note here. First “a ruthless crackdown” is the latest/yet another example of the FORCE & PAIN TECHNIQUE. Secondly, it’s NOT as if SCAF is any better making this yet another/the latest example of “We think they made us mad; they think we made them mad and here we go” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“Under Sisi, security forces have KILLED hundreds and DETAINED THOUSANDS of protesters, both Brotherhood members and supporters of other Islamist groups, who condemn the military takeover as a coup. Egypt’s interim rulers have declared the Brotherhood A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION and made UNREGISTERED protest a crime punishable by LIFE IN PRISON“. This is similar to what happens in SYRIA NORTH KOREA and CHINA. Also is ANY “protest” in Egypt REGISTERED?
“And Sisi has not hesitated to dole out similar punishments to civil activists, many of whom supported the overthrow of Morsi (Mursi/Morsy), but now object to HEAVY-HANDED SCAF rule”. The Muslim Brotherhood is bad, BUT SCAF IS EVEN MORE “heavy handed” than the Muslim Brotherhood.
“In a January (2014) ballot, however, 90 percent of Egyptians who voted, opted IN FAVOR of a new constitution in what was seen as a referendum on the military’s rule and as an endorsement of Sisi’s run for president”. “90 percent Egyptians…opted in favor” because THEY DON’T HAVE ANY OTHER CHOICE.
“In Sisi, a RESERVED (?) public figure who came up through military intelligence, Egyptians see and a silver bullet (?), said Michael Hanna, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation”. How can someone be “reserved” AND “heavy-handed” AT THE SAME TIME? “It’s tied up with the DISLOCATION that many have experienced in the past THREE years and the generalized and WISTFUL hope for the simple restoration of STABILITY and NORMALCY (?)” “hope” is now WISTFUL which generally means UNREALISTIC and “dislocation” has now become THE NEW “normal” INSTEAD OF “stability”. “People are looking for a SILVER bullet; they’re hoping for THE IMPOSSIBLE”. This DOES NOT sound good.
“In an op-ed for Daily News Egypt, an INDEPENDENT (?), English-language daily based in Giza”, “2014’s instability could FORCE President Sisi to SUBMIT to FULL, DIRECT, RUTHLESS military control. Currently, the army is AN EMPIRE within the state. Later, the army may expand to CONTROL the state”.
“Sisi has long maintained that he does not aspire to authority, but in a rare interview, with The Washington Post in August (2013), he refused to rule out a run for president”. “When the people LOVE (?) you, this is the most important thing”, he responded when asked about his future inCairo”. If Sisi TRULY believes that people “love” him, he is DELUSIONAL.
According to Eric Trager, “a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy”, “Sisi will be VERY AFRAID (?) of joining Mubarak andMorsi (Mursi/Morsy)”. REALLY? ”The question is, will he respond to this vulnerability by initiating reforms or FURTHER REPRESSION?” THE LATTER.
“Ghada Chehade, “a political analyst and activist, (wrote) in Daily News Egypt“: “The Egyptian revolution began with calls for ‘ bread, FREEDOM,SOCIAL JUSTICE and HUMAN DIGNITY’”. The latter three still DON’T EXIST in Egypt. “Yet today we find A BATTLE being waged in Egypt between RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM and the supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood on the one hand and REPRESSIVE, Mubarak-era military and state forces on the other”. This is AWFUL no matter how we look at it.
“In LOFTING UP Sisi, Egyptians have made it clear they prefer THE LATTER“, because Egyptians DON’T HAVE ANY OTHER ALTERNATIVE. ”But that DOESN’T mean the country has reverted to its state before the revolution, said Hanna”. REALLY?
“Supplanting Mubarak with another military leader “ISN’T what people aspired to three years ago (2010)” obviously. “But the country is NOT simply going back to square one. Ascending to leadership in Egypt is a much more fraught affair nowadays”. Ordinary Egyptians DON’T CARE about this.
Finally, Trager finished off: “We should remember how QUICKLY Sisi’s star has risen and how QUICKLY it could FALL IF he doesn’t respond to the very reason Egyptians have taken to the streets repeatedly over the past THREE years — LACK OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY,HIGH YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT and EXCLUSIVIST POLITICS“. Sisi is UNLIKELY to do anything PRODUCTIVE so we have to believe his “star” will FALL (although it will take a LONG time for this to occur). “Sisi is a strongman, but also a VULNERABLE (?) man at the moment”. How is SISI “vulnerable?” THE ARMY is in charge.
To conclude, let’s return once again to the title: “In Sisi, Egyptians see AN IRON FIST and a silver bullet“ or LINING. Well, NO ONE SEES THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL FOR EGYPT. All we see is A CONTINUATION OF “iron fists”.