Press TV has conducted an interview with Saeb Shaath, an author and Middle East affairs expert in Belfast, about the pro- and anti-Morsi demonstrations in Egypt and the situation on the ground in the African country. The following is an approximate transcript of the interview.
Press TV: What do you think is happening basically on the ground? It seems that since several days now that Morsi has been overthrown that each day we see more and more violence and it appears less and less stability.
Looking now in hindsight four or five days later, was the coup a very good idea or should it have gone the way of actually trying to get rid of Mr. Morsi, if that’s what they wanted to do, via early election?
Sha’ath: First of all Mr. Morsi created a lot of enemies within Egypt and outside Egypt. And Egypt was scared that sectarian war was going to break out since he didn’t condemn the killing of Shiites in Cairo – in a village beside Cairo.
He was addressing a scholars’ conference or gathering in Cairo while he was holding the Free Syrian flag – the French colonization of Syria flag. He then sabotaged Egypt’s relationship with, with Syria and called on and supported Jihadists to go to Syria – this is when the Egyptian Army distanced itself.
The Egyptian Army as well have some sort of score with him since 15 soldiers were killed in Egypt in the Sinai last year; and then another 7 were kidnapped and released later on. All of this was done by some sort of Jihadist groups, which the Egyptian Army believes is supported by the Muslim Brotherhood movement. So they were trying to bring chaos and to take the Sinai out of Egypt – That’s one of the things.
The other part of it – everyday life in Egypt worsened: the supplies of oil; the unemployment levels; the violence against women – a lot of things. The Egyptian people refused as they were seeing their country being taken from underneath them and just ruled by one party, the Muslim Brotherhood Party.
They even kicked their partners in the beginning the NOUR Party, which we see now supporting this move. And I cannot call this myself a pure sort of coup since there are 33 million people that came out in the streets against Morsi.
I didn’t know why then he didn’t call for a referendum on his own presidency. Maybe he would have stopped that kind of takeover or even stopped the army from taking issuing the Road Map.
Press TV: With all that being said let’s look at the status on the ground right now, a very, very sensitive situation that some are saying it could actually turn into a civil war. My point is do you think there could have or should have been another option or do you think the option that was taken as you said the millions of people that have taken to the street was the best option – and now what basically is the plan for Egypt?
Sha’ath: Egypt is going to avoid any kind of civil war or violence, since the Muslim Brotherhood if they call for violence, which they have lately, and that’s one of the points that would be put against Morsi and Mourshid (the Supreme Guide- the leader) of the Muslim Brotherhood, calling for violence.
They cannot turn Egypt into an Algerian scenario or a Syrian scenario. That’s exactly and precisely what the Arab masses in Egypt and all over the Arab world are sick of – violence in the name of Islam.
Tarnishing Islam by killing others or by sectarian little wars here and there – they wanted to avoid that. They thought Egypt was going to plunge into that kind of chaos and they wanted to anticipate any sort of actions like that and stop it.
And the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt are paying the price right now for that violence, what is happening in Syria and in Libya, and for their support for such violence. Arab masses will deny the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood in any Arabic country anymore.
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