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    By Moataz Emam

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    What happened in Egypt last summer?

    If you followed the Western media, CNN, even AlJazeera, your view of

    what happened is probably something like this:

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    1/25/2011: 30 year dictator Hosney Mubarak ousted

    in popular revolution (Yay).

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    1/25/2011: 30 year dictator Hosney Mubarak ousted

    in popular revolution (Yay).

    Country controlled by the Supreme Council of

    Armed Forces (SCAF) led by Tantawy (Boo)

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    1/25/2011: 30 year dictator Hosney Mubarak ousted

    in popular revolution (Yay).

    Country controlled by the Supreme Council of

    Armed Forces (SCAF) led by Tantawy (Boo)

    Democratic elections a year later brings first

    democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi

    (Double Yay)

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    1/25/2011: 30 year dictator Hosney Mubarak ousted

    in popular revolution (Yay).

    Country controlled by the Supreme Council of

    Armed Forces (SCAF) led by Tantawy (Boo)

    Democratic elections a year later brings first

    democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi

    (Double Yay)

    Yet another year later, Morsi is ousted in a MilitaryCoup detat led by General ElSisi. Frowned upon

    by the world and brings oppression back (Extra

    Double Boo with raspberry)

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    Some historical background is needed

    An account of what happened as I view it

    My eye witness testimony

    The theories and the conspiracy theories

    Whats next?

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    1882 to 1923: Egypt as a British protectorate.

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    1882 to 1923: Egypt as a British protectorate.

    1923: Independence (only on paper, the Brits

    continued to dictate things from the embassy)

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    1882 to 1923: Egypt as a British protectorate.

    1923: Independence (only on paper, the Brits

    continued to dictate things from the embassy)

    Many Egyptians hoped for the return of the glory of

    the then aging Ottoman Empire

    1928: The Ottoman Empire (Caliphate) collapses.

    Turkey becomes secular republic

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    1882 to 1923: Egypt as a British protectorate.

    1923: Independence (only on paper, the Brits

    continued to dictate things from the embassy)

    Many Egyptians hoped for the return of the glory of

    the then aging Ottoman Empire

    1928: The Ottoman Empire (Caliphate) collapses.

    Turkey becomes secular republic

    1928: Disappointed Egyptian Cleric founds the

    Muslim Brotherhood as a nucleus to the Second

    Caliphate

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    Started out as a simple group of preachers

    The political agenda started showing

    Famous for political assassinations

    Dreamed of the rise of the Second Caliphate

    Believed in the end justifies the means

    Originally local in Egypt, now an international

    consortiumthe Mother of all Islamist

    movements

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    1952: A military coup led by Nasser ousts

    King and the Britishlater turned revolution

    Nassers dictatorship targeted the Brotherhood

    Torture and execution by puppet courts of theMB

    Sadat gives them a breakislamists rise in

    Egypt, Sadat ends up assassinated by one of

    them

    Persecution of MB continues throughout

    Mubaraks presidency

    80 years later, they still dreamt of the

    Caliphate

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    Mubarak thrown out in popular uprising

    18 days of sit in in Egypts Tahrir Square

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    The January 25th revolution was designed by the Muslim Brotherhood

    They knew that out of all possible future governments, they had the most

    sympathy, so they planned it to get ahead in their 80 year long plan

    What I think:

    No, January 25 was a true revolution. The MB

    were taken by surprise by it, but quickly

    managed to ride the wave

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    To the Armys military leaders

    Mubarak himself never says this, the transfer is announced by his vice

    president

    The military overthrows Mubarak in a coup, based on popular demand

    What I think: They probably pushed him, but given future events it is not

    likely they did it to rule

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    Egyptians elect a parliament. Islamists do very well.

    Several constitution assemblies are put together and taken apart

    Parliament is dissolved

    Presidential elections are held, WITHOUTa parliament, and WITHOUTa

    constitution

    The Egyptian people are easily swayed by pious religious claims. Vote for me

    and you will go to heaven

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    The Islamist movement, led by the MB, is the most prepared political

    movement in Egypt, backed by popular sympathy for 80 years of

    oppression are bound to win any elections. For some reason, the military

    leaders back then decided to hand power to the MB!

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    13 nominees for President

    Most of them unknown, some from the old opposition

    Second round of elections only two make it:

    Mubaraks prime minister (hated by many Egyptians)

    Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed Morsi (previously a complete unknown)

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    By 51%. About 13 million people voted for him (remember this number)

    Most of them were admittedly protest votes. The campaign to elect Morsi just

    because he is not the other guy was enormous

    Lots of stories of people who voted for the Islamist for belief that this is their

    religious duty

    The Islamists rejoice, dreams of the Caliphate renewed

    My view then: The MB had the chance of their lifetime! Can they help Egypt rise?

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    After 80 years of planning to take power, they finally make it. Youd think

    they have plans upon plans on how to make Egypt grow and improve,

    right?

    Right?

    Wrong!

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    A new constitution, written overnight, objected to by most non-MB political

    factions. Constitution favors the religious dogma of the MB

    Passing an constitutional decree that his decision cannot be revoked by courts

    of law!!! In the absence of people representation (which lasted his entireyear), Morsi also grabbed all power to pass laws.

    Most government officials, ministers, mayors etc were replaced by MB

    members, who immediately set on to alienate most others (example: the Cairo

    Opera House was almost shut down by the MB minister of Arts, Ballet was

    discussed publicly as an immoral erotic art)

    Alienated the military leaders who transferred power to him

    Further and exponential collapse of Egyptian economy and the infra structure

    (hours long gas lines, frequent electrical failures etc)

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    Peaceful demonstrations against him were immediately countered by MB

    militiaskillings and tortures (not the police, who were also against him)

    Weak cabinet, contradictory decisions passed and changed overnight

    Couldnt tell the difference between being a majority leader and being a

    president for all Egyptians

    Thought of his opposition as enemies of the state or remnants of

    Mubaraks regime

    A general feeling of the MB just dont care what happens to Egypt as long

    as they stay in power (dreams of the Second Worldwide Caliphate)

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    The borders with the Gaza strip was flung wideopen, allowing thousands of members of the

    terrorist group Hamas to pour into the Sinai.

    Morsis view: Our Muslim brothers deserve our

    hospitality

    It is important to note that the Sinai is a very

    sensitive topic to Egyptians, wars were fought there

    and people died

    Conspiracy Theory:

    It has been proposed that there exist a hidden agreement between the MB, Israel

    and the Obama administration of allowing the Sinai to become the new home to

    the Palestinians, effectively ending the middle east conflict. It has been said that

    the MB made a lot of money from that deal. This theory was so strong in the

    public opinion.

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    It started with a small group of young activists, calling themselves Rebel,

    gathering signatures on a form expressing displeasure with Morsi, listing the

    above r

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