Written by Ashraf Ramelah
Appeal to the international community to avoid bloodshed in Egypt
According to public statements, three days from today, on July 19th, the Muslim Brotherhood will begin attacks against Egypt’s military compounds, military personnel, government buildings, and soft targets (houses, stores, and churches) in order to recover and secure their power over Egypt -- then reinstate Mohammad Morsi as President.
Muslim Brotherhood leader, Al Baltaghy, announced a few days ago from the Al Adawiya podium where supporters are still gathered to request Morsi’s return, that Friday, Ramadan the 10th, will be the day to take back Egypt -- exactly like the attempt made to liberate Sinai from Jewish occupation on this same Ramadan date back in 1973 led by Anwar Sadat on October 6th.
From the same stage, Mohammad Hassan Hamaad, communications director of the Muslim Brotherhood, used the metaphor, “second legitimate crossing,” referring to the West-East crossing of the Suez Canal by the Egyptian army on Ramadan years earlier. Evoking history, Hamaad advocates aggression for success in returning elected President Morsi to office. Adding to Hamaad, Al Baltaghy stated, “We will not accept any kind of negotiation, and Morsi is the only one that has the right as the elected President to negotiate once he is back in his valid position as President of the country.”
Avoiding the fact that Muslim Brotherhood leadership is entirely responsible for Egypt’s deterioration in the past year, which in turn led to their overthrow, Al Baltaghy stated, “whoever created the mess [overthrow] will pay for the consequences,” stressing that “the victim is not to blame” and, “we are not the ones who created this chaos.”
Right now, Egyptian military and police have taken custody of terrorists coming from Libya, Syria and Gaza -- members of Hamas and Hezbollah arrested in many cities throughout Egypt, mostly in Cairo. Army personnel and police have confiscated their weaponry -- machine guns, RPG anti-tank weapon systems, hand grenades and rockets – and Egyptian military uniforms for infiltration and to allow imposters to commit crimes blaming the army. These facts are the substance to the statements made by Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and its Freedom and Justice Party showing their intentions are real and imminent.
Please support the genuine cry of Egyptian people for democracy and freedom. Do not remain silent and watch Egypt become a bloody civil war like Libya and Syria. Send a strong message to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood that the free world will not tolerate religious supremacy and the violence it brings. The collective will of Egypt’s outspoken population -- free thinkers from all facets of Egyptian society -- is the only avenue for Egypt. If 13 million voters chose Sharia by electing Morsi, many more stand in the streets today as proponents of Western freedoms.
At the heart of Egypt’s course ahead lie a tormented and frayed people who see themselves with nothing more to lose. Resentment and anger have grown to a point of doing what is forbidden in Islam – willfully seeking a manmade answer in the form of democracy with its gift of freedom, equality and human rights. If this is true, there is hope.
Ashraf Ramelah, founder and president of Voice of the Copts, conveys the truth on behalf of Egypt's persecuted Copts. He is a board member of Stop Islamization of Nations