Many voices call now for inclusion of the Muslim brotherhood again in the newly born democratic process after June 30 protests which ousted Mohamed Morsi.
Personally I don’t mind including the Muslim Brotherhood members again. In fact, this was one of the demands of the Jan 25 revolution after decades of tyranny and exclusion for everyone but Mubarak’s loyalists which led to the ousting him in February 11th, 2011. Throughout 30 years under Mubarak’s rule, exclusion and oppression of islamists spread a growing sense of extremism in the Egyptian society and a series of terrorist attacks especially in upper-Egypt, in addition to sectarianism. I’m seriously not willing to see this happening again in Egypt.
But here’s something that concerns me evenly, what the MB themselves have done to the Jan 25 revolution. After Mubarak’s ousting, many sought to reflect the great image of Tahrir square during the 18-day protests in which Muslims united with Christians, men and women, young and old. In other words, getting the Tahrir spirit into politics producing real consensus in order to achieve the revolution’s goals: Bread, Freedom, social justice and human dignity. The thing is, MB chose not!
From the March 2011 referendum to the parliamentary elections to the presidential elections the brotherhood chose to grip everything and despite their promises to include everyone, they excluded everyone!
Even when revolutionaries chose to back Morsi during the the presidential elections run-off against Ahmed Shafik, Mubarak’s last PM regardless of their shameful stands supporting SCAF echoing it’s allegations calling revolutionaries “thugs” during the Maspero, Mohamed Mahmoud and Cabinet massacres, MB did the one thing they’re very good at: withdrawing every promise they made.
After Morsi won the election MB’s only concern was feeding its members into Mubarak’s state rather than facing corruption or achieving the revolution’s goals. For example, it was OK for the police to continue its brutality against people if it’s protecting us, the MB and it’s welcomed, according the MB constitution, to send civilians to military court if the army won’t coup against us. Ironically, these 2 examples are the clearest examples of what MB suffered under Mubarak’s regime, police brutality and military trials and they warmly welcomed them.
Another clear remark of Morsi’s failure was inciting violence and sectarianism, or at its best welcoming them. One clear example for this was what happened during the conference of “Support of Syrian uprising” at Cairo stadium, two weeks before the June 30 uprising when the pro-brotherhood cleric Mohamed Abdel Maksood stood there and called those who will participate in June 30 as “Infidels and Hypocrites”, in the presence of Morsi, which turned out to be everyone but the Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters. Other examples include, killing Shiites in Cairo and attacking the Coptic cathedral after Al-Khosous sectarian clashes and before that killing and torturing people at the presidential palace gates after his constitutional declaration in which he grabbed ultimate power over judiciary. Even after Morsi ousted the MB continued to incite violence and hatred at their sit-in in Rabaa square in Cairo.
Following Morsi’s ouster and after the Presidential Guard massacre, MB threatened recurring the Syrian tragedy in Egypt calling whom they called “Rational voices inside army” to stop the so called coup. Basically, calling for army defection!
Hours after the massacre, Amr Darrag, chairman of the foreign relations committee at the Freedom and Justice Party called for the world to intervene after the massacre on his twitter account. NY times has an interesting story about Anne Patterson asking Essam El Haddad, Morsi’s foreign policy adviser if Morsi would appoint a new PM to avoid the consequences of June 30. Mr. El Haddad then calls America as “Mother America” addressing some MB leaders apparently. I can’t recall any of the revolutionaries calling for either foreign intervention or army defection during their clashes with SCAF when MB where in its bed.
As much as I strongly believe that the Muslim Brotherhood should be re-included at the political process once again on real democratic basis as much as I think their leaders, especially the guidance office should be fairly judged for ruining the revolution, inciting and practicing violence & hatred and calling for foreign intervention on the contrary to the Jan 25 revolution goals and its third wave, June 30.