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Renounce Violence to Save Egypt

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On 30 June Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi completed one year in office. The question is how. Protecting the nation from national and international onslaughts, preserving the sanctity of the revolution as a result of which decades-old despotic military regime was toppled and the first truly elected civilian government formed, and defending the electoral legitimacy while facing turbulence in an Islamically befitting manner all through the year. During this turbulent year, the Morsi administration won the confidence of the army, got the new constitution drafted in a remarkably very short period, and also got this carefully drafted national charter approved through a two-leg referendum of course amidst opposition’s planned bid to thwart this move, convinced the west that the new government is the government of all the Egyptians, including the Christian Copts and not only of the Muslims, and played an active role in resolving certain issues in the immediate neighbourhood. These are some of the achievements of the Morsi regime which historians will never afford to miss.

These are no mean achievements, considering the period as well as the vastness of the country and the stiff opposition posed by Mubarak’s defunct National Democratic Party (NDP) legacy. With these achievements, President Morsi should have been lent full support in rebuilding the nation. But, as the opposition would have it, the opposition consisting of NDP and their allies National Salvation Front (NSF) and Rebel movement opposed the government at every level even at the cost of the greater interests of the nation. The NDP-NSF leaders conspired with the enemies not only of Egypt but of Islam as well so as to unseat Mohamed Morsi. But President Morsi defied all such challenges with utmost political acumen. 

Now as his first anniversary, 30 June, was coming nigh, the NDP-NSF and the Rebel movement along with certain counter-revolution parties turned violent, attacking places of worship, trapping worshipers inside mosques, and killing peaceful citizens, with the help of gangs of thugs wielding bladed weapons, swords, live bullets and birdshot, rifles and Molotov fire-bombs. They assassinated an American journalist as he was documenting their attacks on the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Alexandria. They also killed four Shia Muslims, including a prominent Shia figure, in a Giza village. All this shows their vain and desperate attempts to unseat Morsi. In a democracy, they have every right to oppose a government policy but no right to go on killing spree.

At this hour of trial, all patriotic groups and movements as well as all political parties in Egypt should renounce violence in unambiguous terms, remove any political cover from these criminal acts, ignore narrow partisan interests, and stand together as one in the face of the enemies of the Revolution and the nation.



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