Eslam Al-Amin has written one of the most insightful pieces I’ve read about the events leading up to the military coup in Egypt. The Grand Scam: Spinning Egypt’s Military Coup in Counterpunch (July 19-21 weekend edition). Based on this article, I’ve just purchased his new book on Kindle — The Arab Awakening Unveiled: Understanding Transformations and Revolutions in the Middle East.
Why do I think Eslam Al-Amin’s commentary is head and shoulders above most other analyses written about the Egyptian military coup?
- Many do not connect the dots, don’t question the dominant story, and don’t have the historical knowledge to put 2 + 2 together.
- Many are just plain hypocritical. When is a military coup not a military coup? George Orwell would get a kick out of the journalistic gymnastics that some writers have engaged in over the past 3 weeks.
- Many don’t support their opinions with anything more than other people’s opinions. “He said it, so it must be so.” Al-Amin is very good on linking to factual sources. He’s not making up news out of whole-cloth.
- And his writing style is direct and biting. I love it!
ElBaradei, who was elected to nothing, is now Egypt’s Vice President, while Morsi, who was freely and democratically elected by the Egyptian electorate, is detained and his whereabouts are unknown. Both of these outcomes were determined by the will of military generals and cheered on by their civilian enablers. The deceit and lies demonstrated by the Egyptian liberal and secular elites are astounding. For years, they taunted the Islamists to respect democratic principles, the rule of law, and submit to the will of the people. They warned against dictatorships, military rule, or sacrificing democratic principles, human rights, personal freedoms, and minority protections. Believing in democratic principles, human rights, and the rule of law is a lifetime commitment. One cannot say, “I will only have these values on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. But for the rest of the week, I will look the other way.” That is called hypocrisy.
Read it ….. believe me, it’s worth the time.