The war of words, videos and facebook profiles

The bloodbath in Egypt is growing every day.

The New York Times reports that more than 1000 people have been killed in the past week, the most violent period in modern Egyptian history, and it seems that the social fabric of Egyptian society is disintegrating, as these gruesome videos attest.

Neither side shows any signs of backing down. Both sides sound righteous and determined to prevail. As the propaganda and demonization grow more intense each day, the poor Egyptians caught in the middle are the ones who are suffering. They were promised another election soon, but I hope no one is holding their breath.

The propaganda war is hurting the Palestinians too. Lina Attalah explains how the Egyptian media is demonizing Palestinians in this short 16 minute podcast.

General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the Egyptian military want to strike fear in the hearts of Egyptians and Western audiences by justifying their massacres as a war on “terrorists”.  (Oh, I hate that word!) They learned their lessons well from President George W. Bush and the US Army War College.

Egyptian General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Egyptian General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

And the anti-coup, pro-Morsi demonstrators are fighting a battle on the streets and on their computers too. I’ve been bombarded with blog posts, Facebook posts, Tweets and YouTube videos “explaining” the truth and warning me not to be duped by the other side’s propaganda.

ARRGGHHHH!  Some moments I just want to throw up my hands in disgust.

Now some youth in Gaza are taking up Tamarrod’s banner (that’s the group in Cairo that began the petition process to oust President Morsi). They have released a video (in Arabic) calling for Hamas to step down. I’m sure Fatah and Israel are pleased.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is very happy that President Morsi has been overthrown and Jamal Nazzal, a senior Fatah representative, called on Palestinians to overthrow Hamas in the wake of the events in Egypt.

I would caution those youth to be very careful. Hamas doesn’t take kindly to dissension within the ranks. They might very well consider these youth, as idealistic as they may be, are traitors doing Fatah’s bidding. What I really think these youth, and many others in Gaza, want is a chance to have another election. I hope they don’t hold their breath.

I want to show my solidarity with the RIGHT side in Egypt …. but which is the RIGHT side in this confusing turn of events?

  • Certainly not the Egyptian military. They are slaughtering innocent civilians with impunity.
  • Certainly not the Tamarrod, liberal-elites and anti-Morsi, pro-coup supporters. They’re in bed with the military and deep state complex which will soon release President Mubarak.
  • I’m not a fan of President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood either. Morsi clearly over-reached and made many mistakes. Perhaps his biggest mistake was trusting the military. Or maybe it was not bringing the other political factions into his government. He pissed off ALOT of people.

I am supporting the Egyptian people who want a peaceful transition to a democratic, secular government that works for the public good. When I heard about the young engineer who died in the Rabaa massacre, I knew who I was going to stand in solidarity with. He was not an extremist. I was told he opposed the Muslim Brotherhood and wanted early elections. When he realized the coup had been hijacked, he joined the protesters at the sit-in.

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Just a few hours before the massacre on August 14, anti-coup protesters in Egypt were struggling to voice their demands to the world by raising their four fingers. The “Rabaa sign” has now become the symbol of the massacre. Rabaa al-Adawiya Square is as famous as Tahrir Square in Cairo because of the hundreds of thousands of anti-coup protesters who sat in there for more than two months.

I added the Rabaa sign to my Facebook profile a few days ago, standing in solidarity with those who denounce the massacre. To be expected, the R4BIA sign has developed a meme of its own with many variations. Some are critical of the original message, others are downright derisive.

"Raba" - This is the original Rabaa solidarity poster denouncing the massacre that started this whole saga on Facebook

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