What's next for Egypt?
How massacres are made in Egypt: army/police sees 1 or 2 or 3 armed people among 1000s of unarmed, they then go on a killing spree.
— The Big Pharaoh (@TheBigPharaoh) August 16, 2013
Egypt’s popular pseudonymous blogger The Big Pharoah has posted a Q&A-style blog post on his Web site, in which he argues that clearing the pro-Morsi sit-ins on Wednesday was a mistake and the interim government should have left the protesters there alone and “allowed them to wither by themselves.”
His prediction for what’s next? “This country will not see any democracy until a viable alternative to the army and the Islamists is found,” he writes.
Two important questions he answers in his post, highlighted below:
Was June 30 a mistake?
You cannot label the largest demonstrations in the history of Egypt as a “mistake” nor can you claim that it was the right thing to happen. June 30 was inevitable, it was understandable and Morsi could have saved us all from this bloodshed if he heeded to the millions who demanded his resignation, throngs that far outnumbered any MB rally I’ve seen since Mubarak’s demise.
Personally, I was in favor that Morsi completes his term and I believe one year was not enough for the general public to see the true colors of the MB. However I fully understand the reasons behind June 30 and why millions of Egyptians saw in the army as the only state institution capable of rescuing the country from a ruling organization that lost a huge part of its popular support.
The massacre did not happen because the army is now in control, bloodshed has been the norm in Egypt since the 2011 revolution. Bloodshed also happened under Morsi, the police committed a massacre in Port Said that claimed the lives of 52 people. Back then the MB and their followers were justifying the police’s actions because their man was president.
What should happen to the MB?
I am a great proponent of including the MB in the political process but I don’t see that happening anytime soon. One of the main reasons why the MB fell was the fact that they tried to run the country exclusively. This is not possible in post-revolution Egypt. Their vanity killed them. And this could happen to anyone who decides to rule like the MB.
The MB should be included in the political process. And the MB should understand that Egypt is far big to be considered a branch in their transnational organization. Unfortunately, this won’t be happening anytime soon.