Yesterday, the Egyptian military removed President Morsi from his seat of governance. However, this was not a move that was planned by the military for their personal interest, rather it was done because the people of Egypt spoke for what they believed in. Then there were rumors of another mass protest in the country of Egypt that was being planned before the ouster of Morsi. Calls for this massive protest was announced to take place on June 30th. Citizens of the country were filling out petitions demanding the resignation of Morsi. Once June 30th arrived Tahir Square was filled to the masses protesting for President Morsi to leave office.
First off when I witnessed the videos of how Tahir Square was filled with protesters I worried on how Morsi was going to react to the events taking place. With the opponents protesting for his dismissal there were also supporters of Morsi who wanted him to stay in power. My fear was that the country might fall into a crisis such as the one in Syria. However, the military stepped in and gave Morsi 48 hours to heed the demands of his citizens or face military intervention.
During the 48 hours a handful of cabinet members from Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood made their decision to leave the country and forfeit their positions. Once cabinet members made the decision to leave it was only a matter of time when Morsi would no longer be the president of Egypt. Now the Western media and even here in Washington has consider the events over in Egypt as coup conducted by the military.
After hearing the nations that represent the so-called belief of democracy call this change of power as a coup, I can only describe my reaction as being disappointed. As a nation that says we are about promoting human rights and the freedom for citizens around the world I truly felt that the calls of the Egyptian military staging a coup was a strong contradiction to our democratic belief. Millions of Egyptians went to the streets peacefully and chanted for Morsi to step down. Critics of the opponents of Morsi say that he only had one year and it was not enough time to remove him from the presidency.
However, the moves that Morsi made in the one year suggested that improvement was nowhere in sight. Muslim Brotherhood members solely dominated the government Morsi once led and their passing of the constitution did not involve minority groups within the country. He even went as far as consolidating all governmental powers to him self. This in no way sounds like a leader who is going to lead his country through democratic change, in a way sounds like a dictator. Here in America we have our checks and balance system. We have the executive branch, the judicial branch, and the legislative branch all given the task of checking one another use of power within the government. If Morsi was going to take all of the power and consolidate it only to himself then where does the check and balance system come into play.
The United States has stated that they will cut off aid to Egypt because by law the country is not allowed to provide international aid to a government brought on by a military coup. The Obama administration should not be against the events that took place in Egypt rather they should be supportive. We as a country have to understand that the world is not our country where we dictate who stays in power and who goes. The only exception I say this is allowed that the United States has a right to step in is with the situation in Syria where President Bashar al-Assad has used his own military to kill innocent men, women, and children for almost three years.
We as a country have supported leaders of countries who we later classified as dictators. For example the United States at one time supported the Taliban during the Cold War. After the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan we were quick to provide arms and training to the Taliban fighters who eventually pushed out the Russians from their homeland. During the Iraq and Iran war the United States provided weapons to the former Dictator Saddam Hussein. Furthermore, the United Sates once supported Mubarak and when the first revolution erupted in Egypt we were quick to ask him to step down.
I understand that the reason why we involve ourselves in other political affairs is because of our national security here at home. However, do we really have the right to say who should go in power and who should not? The answer to that is no. Because if history has taught us anything is that we pick the wrong people to support and then later on in the years we have to step in and say hey its time for you to go and lead a transitional government. The people of that nation should be the ones to decide whom they want in power. For it is them who will have to live with the laws that their leaders will pass it will be those citizens that will have to feel the brute force of a dictatorship. All the while we sit back and feel bad for those people and agree for a change of government but forget that we had a hand in that one way or the other.
Another example I want to point out is the situation in Iraq today. We have created a nation that is plagued with suicide attacks or IED attacks every day almost. Scores of innocent civilians have been killed and it only seems that the nation is going to break into a full out civil war. The president of Iraq was appointed by the United States, the government as well. Yes they had their “democratic” elections but were they really at all democratic? Our reason for going into Iraq for those who forget was first for WMDs and their link to al-Qaeda. All fueled by every western media outlet in the world. Then when we went in there we found nothing. Then we switched our mission to liberating the Iraqi people from a ruthless Iraqi dictator which in a way is true, Saddam was ruthless in how he treated the Kurds and Shiites.
If that was the case how come we have not created a coalition of the willing to go into Syria and take out President Bashar al-Assad? Do we not see the sense of contradiction here?
Now going back to the aid that the United States has cut from Egypt. I do not understand why we are cutting off their aid when we still provide billions of dollars to Pakistan. Now here is my issue with giving aid to Pakistan. The aid that we give them is designed to combat the Taliban forces that have wreaked havoc in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other parts of the world. Militant training grounds are located in Pakistan and yet we continue to hand them aid. The logic here seems to be off. We support a country that harbors the very same people we are in combat against and cut off funding to a nation who have spoken for their liberties and freedoms.
The events that have taken place in Egypt have showed me that people will continue to fight for their freedoms and liberties that they truly believe in. They were able to execute this in peaceful ways even though there have been injuries and even deaths reported during the second revolution in Egypt. We cannot discredit the people of Egypt for pursing what any citizen of this world is entitled to, the pursuit of liberty, justice, freedom, and happiness. What happens next we will have to wait and see. The military has done the right thing and with their openness to having every group of Egypt to be in talks of the constitution can offer some hope of an actual democratic process.
To those in the Western world who truly believe this is a coup are only afraid that their citizens have seen that the masses can truly bring change to their country. And with the way things are going on around the world with unemployment and domestic policies, citizens may assemble in the masses and demand change. A change that today’s governmental leaders are not so open to. Just some food for thought.