The West propagated the spin that Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s democratically elected president, had only himself to blame for being overthrown in a military coup. There are many takers in India for this thesis, and it probably came handy for those who were unwilling to hold any penetrating search lights on what really happened in Egypt.
However, a point has come when it becomes unavoidable to call a spade a spade — as Turkey’s outspoken Prime Minister Recep Erdogan consistently did. Erdogan implied in his latest statement on Wednesday that Egypt’s military coup was possible only with covert western support, and it still remains the junta’s lifeline.
Our pundits need to learn from Erdogan that when a military junta opens fire and massacres over 1000 civilians and causes injury to over 10000 people, it is a bloodbath as horrendous as Holocaust — killing people for simply being unlike oneself in creed.
Would the junta in Cairo have done this without the supreme confidence that the Obama administration cannot afford to let it down so long as it loyally serves American regional strategies in the Middle East, especially by collaborating with israel’s security establishment?
So, what emerges in the final analysis is that it was not Morsi’s aversion to ‘inclusive’ democracy that provoked the Egyptian military, but the growing trend that the Brotherhood government was steering Egypt toward an independent foreign policy and cementing a regional axis with Turkey and Tunisia that held the potential to modulate the Arab Spring and promised to spearhead changes and challenge the medieval autocracies of the Middle East — and frustrate the US’ Middle East strategies.
India’s eloquent silence over the bloodbath in Egypt speaks volumes about the Faustian deals that our ruling elites have made with the petrodollar-rich oligarchies of the Persian Gulf — and the US regional strategies in the Middle East.
Paradoxically, the rise of Salafism that the Saudis are fostering in Egypt for the sake of putting down political islam is bound to come to haunt India, too, some day. But for our ruling elites, the charm of ‘green money’ is far too overpowering.
– August 15, 2013