July 19, 2013

Morsi's Decision To Cut Off Relations With Syria Crossed Egyptian Military's Red Line


Renowned Egyptian journalist Mohamed Hassanein Heikal on Morsi's irresponsible decision to cut off relations with Syria in a speech in June, the need for a permanent diplomatic relationship between Egypt and Syria, and the popular revolt against the Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey:
"A day that I felt was one of the days that had the most crises was when he gave the speech where he cut off relations with Syria, which is the great disasters that he made in June, one week after another. He [Morsi] talked to him [al-Sisi] at 5pm regarding the cutting off of relations with Syria; 5pm and he was going to announce the decision at 8pm. He [Morsi] talked to him [al-Sisi] at 5pm and told him: "I've decided to cut off relations with Syria." So he [al-Sisi] asked him: "Why?" Basically he told him: "Mr. President, this won't affect the position on Syria." Because Syria remains remains the subject of a much greater battle. However, it is a must to somehow preserve relations with Syria and its people. There must be an Egyptian flag in Damascus and a Syrian flag hoisted in Cairo.

We do not need to cut off the relations. He [Morsi] told him [al-Sisi]: "No! I have already decided, but I wanted to get your opinion." He [al-Sisi] told him [Morsi]: "I gave you my opinion, and you are the decision maker." However, I know that this is a specimen for many other things that took place because President Morsi envisaged authority in a certain way. If you only watch his last speech and see how he spoke: "I this, I that, I... I..." Count how many "I"s there were.

Keep in mind that one of the things that shook the Muslim Brotherhood the most, and is still ongoing, is what happened to it in Turkey, and what is taking place on the ground in Syria. When Qusayr was taken over, all [MB party] people wanted a fast compensation. What happened then in Turkey exploded. So there was a desire to compensate for that in another way. There's this intellectual element that considers that the Muslim Brotherhood, whether in others' consideration or their own, are part of a general movement that is present. And if it got hit. . . they consider Egypt as the strongest center that they got in the Arab world, and that Turkey is the largest protector. Keep in mind that Turkey to the north of the Arab world and Egypt on the Mediterranean, in the south of Africa, between these two countries, it [Muslim Brotherhood] can rule the region around it. The Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey - i.e., Justice & Development (AKP) - and the Freedom & Justice [Party] in Egypt. . . you're facing two walls." (Source of transcript).
Basically, the adults in the room in Egypt let Morsi know who was really in charge, and that he can't destroy a historic relationship with a neighbour out of the blue. The Egyptian military did not know about Morsi's plans beforehand. Morsi guessed that he was powerful enough to make such an important decision by himself and get away with it, but he guessed wrong.

There is no need to shed tears for a fallen "democratically elected leader" in this case. This "democratically elected leader" was about to make a mess in the Arab world by pitting brother against brother and turning Egyptians against Syrians. Morsi should have never been in office in the first place.

This just goes to show that Western-style democracy is a bad joke. It is worse than tyranny, because at least with a tyranny you get a pretty good leader in charge, whereas in democratic elections you get war-hungry clowns like Morsi who think they have the majority behind him and do all sorts of nasty things behind the facade of popular legitimacy.