It is rare for a tyrannical government, which always exercises brutality and oppressive control over the people at all times, to inform the masses that the interior and defence ministers were targeted with a missile attack in Sinai.
The state media outlets overly covered the story, providing detailed statements by the military spokesman and broadcasting video footage showing the two ministers in a state of panic and dismay during their return in a helicopter after cheating death. There were also pictures of the ruling general presiding over the National Defence Council, focusing on the looks of the defence minister.
Such exaggerated coverage of an assassination attempt on the most powerful parties in a government that adopts intimidation as the only means to exercise control over the masses is unusual. Therefore, the following questions are raised: What’s next after this intense drama? What is the government planning on investing such a serious scenario in?
On one hand, the choir is back to chanting about the needed leader and the need for the leader, otherwise the country and the people will be destroyed. This was expressed through frozen opinion polls, taken off the shelves of the freezers to be thawed and spiced for the masses. They announced that the overwhelming majority has forced the general to run for a new presidential term, against his will.
Then began the process of booting up the Salafist robots, in the same manner of the clergymen before the French Revolution, to announce the illegality of the presidential elections and the prohibition of disputing the leader (who was appointed by God’s command), competing against him, or forcing him to enter in a competition.
However, the biggest investment was powering up the execution machine, as yesterday, the government announced the execution of 15 citizens, all from Sinai, in one go. This indicates that the extensive coverage of the assassination attempt on the two ministers in Sinai was a dramatic necessity in order to reach this point within the murderous government which is leading Egypt.
One of the victims of yesterday’s execution massacres, Ahmed Azmi Hassan Abdo, a dentist imprisoned since 2014, who, along with his brother, was dragged into the Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis case, did not get a fair trial, like thousands of others. This is due to the absence of the concept of justice in Egypt, turning the judiciary into merely a platform to read political and security decisions.
Without the slightest slander or exaggeration on the part of the government’s opposition, the judiciary voluntarily condemned itself when it decides to destroy the immoral foundation on which the government of genocide, liquidation and indiscriminate killing was established, since July 2013. It convicted itself by announcing the fall of the mother of lies on which it based its massacres, i.e. that the Rabaa Al-Adawiya sit-in was held on a lake filled with bodies. This is the lie that journalists, intellectuals and politicians told and promoted, on orders from the government, in order to allow it to carry out the sit-in dispersal massacre. It allowed them to retrieve the bodies hidden under the feet of the protestors and to save others from a similar fate. The result was that the government executed thousands of individuals in a mass murder, witnessed live on air by the world, under the pretext of rescuing the country at a time when the world’s humanitarian conscience was defective. There were few exceptions to this, including a man named Ahmed Saif Al-Islam Hamad, who told the truth and died. He was then punished by the authorities after dying, by imprisoning his only son and youngest daughter.
If we lived in a world that respects justice and supports humanity, all those who lied, provoked and instigated the dispersal of the Rabaa Al-Adawiya sit-in with brute force, would be standing before the ICC after the prosecution admits there were no bodies or heavy artillery. They would be charged with crimes against humanity, as this was the mother of the crimes that resulted in all of the subsequent heinous acts, leading up to the execution of innocent citizens without real trials.
The reality on the ground indicates that Egypt is being governed now by an authority very similar to the Gestapo authority during the Nazi era. This authority would kill, torture and exile individuals under the pretext of “protecting the country” and were not subject to legal accountability. The Gestapo’s legal counsel, Werner Best, stated: “As long the Gestapo police carried out the will of the leadership they are acting legally.”
Now the Egyptian judiciary is assuming the role of the Gestapo with the Nazis. Has any of the concerned parties thought of monitoring and tracking the crimes carried out by the coup-led authority in order to prosecute it before the ICC? If they have thought of this, did they do their duty in this regard, or are they involved in a struggle over a corpse in exile?
Do something, or chant: Freedom for Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and death to the masses.
This article first appeared in Arabic on Al-Araby Al-Jadeed on 27 December 2017.
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