Four years have passed since the massacre of the century in Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda Squares; that was the day when the Egyptian conscience died and the concepts of humanity and nationalism were changed. At that point, Muslims adhering to their religion became dangerous and the enemy towards which the guns and tanks were pointed. On that day, the army, which is supposed to be the protector of the people and the country, became the killer of the people, desecrating the country with pure Egyptian blood. After doing so, the soldiers found those who applauded them, sang “God bless your hands” and danced over the bodies of their brothers in religion and nationality.
The Rabaa and Al-Nahda massacres claimed the lives of thousands of helpless Egyptians who did nothing wrong other than defend their country, freedom, dignity and demands for the return of democracy and the release of President Mohamed Morsi, who was kidnapped and to whom they had pledged allegiance. These massacres are a stain on the international community, which watched silently and did nothing. Governments around the world weren’t shaken by the number of victims, the burning of their bodies, the bulldozing of their bodies, or even the burning to death of the wounded in the field hospital during the brutal attack on the squares. The international community turned a blind eye to all of this, as if it agreed to it in advance and even colluded with the criminally murderous government. The same international community, however, would object vociferously and condemn the death of even one Israeli at the hands of a Palestinian defending his land against a brutal occupation. It was very clear to those observing the situation in Cairo in 2013 that the international community gave the green light to the coup authorities to disperse the protest, especially after the EU foreign policy chief’s visit to Egypt; they would not have dared to attack protesters so brutally if they hadn’t received the international go-ahead.
Why did they resort to this barbaric manner when they could have dispersed people with little or no loss of life? I had believed that it was to create a state of terror and panic in the collective consciousness that would remain stuck in the people’s minds and be an example for future generations not to protest in such a way ever again. We thought that it was needed to end the conflict and eradicate the Muslim Brotherhood from its roots.
However, today, four years later, given the changes in Egypt’s character and even in the Arab character, I can say with confidence that the Rabaa massacre was not a purely Egyptian idea aiming to solidify the foundations of the coup, eliminate democratic legitimacy in the country, and ensure authority with complete freedom, in the absence of a strong opposition. It was, under the direction of global and regional forces, intended to change the psychological structure of the Egyptian citizen, as well as the Arab citizen, in order to impose new political equations, not only as a means to eliminate political opponents and take complete control of the reins in the country, but also to kill the human conscience in Egypt and destroy, and even completely kill, the collective mind in order to prepare it to accept new concepts and values of the country and nationalism. This would make Muslims terrorists and the Palestinian Islamic Resistance movement, Hamas, would be considered a terrorist organisation. This was helped by a powerful media, including the local media possessed by the coup-led government in Egypt and the media owned and controlled by regional forces supported and funded by countries such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE. These countries own the biggest satellite networks in the region and are implementing the agenda and policies of the international forces and Zionist-Americans.
In short, the dispersal of Rabaa in such a brutal manner was arranged by regional and international forces in order to eliminate the Arab people by erasing their ability to think morally, and killing their belief in superior values. They also wanted to impose corrupt patterns and plant them into their heads and hearts by means of constant badgering through the media that promotes obscenities and sins in order to destroy the minds of the people and intimidate and frighten them. This produced despicable people who dance over the bodies of their brothers who share their religion and homeland.
Indeed, the goal was to change the human map in order to change the map of nations by means of selling or bartering. The day of the Rabaa massacre was the day that the Egyptian conscience died; the day that truth was separated from falsehood. It was the murder of a country.
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