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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:10 PM

Blow to Egypt

Despite crimes against humanity committed in Syria, the international community’s lethargy resulting from polarization on the issue has started to make Egypt, not Syria, pay a price. How so? I will try to elaborate.

As is known, Bashar al-Assad’s regime, which relies on the minority group of Nusayris as well as certain groups that collaborate with this minority, chose to violently repress the peaceful protests of Syrian people who began demanding democracy and freedoms in March 2011. Although Assad’s intention was crystal clear right from the beginning, the international community failed to duly exert pressure on him. Instead, they just called on him to introduce democratic reforms. Thus, they gave additional time to the Assad regime so that it could spill more innocent blood. In this regard, the Turkish foreign policy, too, chose, albeit unwilling, a course that would earn Assad more time until fall 2011. When Turkey and some Western countries realized the seriousness of the situation and started to talk to the Syrian opposition and hold meetings in Tunisia and İstanbul in solidarity with them, Kofi Annan came up with a plan with the backing of the Arab League and the UN.

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In addition to the Constitutional Court’s pitiless abolishing of the parliament, it is feared that the Egyptian Administrative Court, which will hear two critical cases launched against Prime Minister Kamal Ganzouri and directly against the MB, may deal a fatal blow to a movement that has been conducting its activities completely on a legal basis since 1928. It is said that the court may ban the use of the phrase “Muslim Brotherhood Community” and forbid the community’s activities and freeze its assets. The latest moves by the Military Council and the judicial organs are viewed by the general public as the “stealing the revolution” and even as a “counter-revolution.”

In other words, the Arab Spring trained that is skidding in the Syrian quagmire has already started to retreat in Egypt due to the negative developments in Syria. Too bad!

http://www.todayszaman.com/columnist-283783-syrian-deadlocks-blow-to-egypt.html

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Response to tabatha (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:18 PM

1. I knew this would happen. the choices were horrible!

The Muslim Brotherhood is bad news, but if they win an election then you have to let the results stand.

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Response to tabatha (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:22 PM

2. This column is a bit of a stretch.

What the Egyptian military is doing amounts to a slow-motion coup, but I don't know that we can blame it on the international community's (EU and US) response to the Syrian situation.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:45 PM

3. I have to partially agree. It was an opinion of someone from that part of the world.

The chaos in Egypt today is as a result of the fears of the MB.

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