Egypt's Revolution at Three
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/03/2014
Year Published: 2014
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20380
Radwan examines the Egyptian Revolution and the rise of General Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi after the ousting of President Morsi.
I returned in December to a country where, for the MB and their supporters, death had become a daily reality following the Rab'a massacre of August 14. Not surprisingly, the massacre itself has become their rallying cry of the ousted President's supporters, despite the fact that merely alluding to it -- through any use of the now infamous picture of four fingers raised against a yellow backdrop -- had been designated a crime punishable by law, and that more frequently than not the punishment is meted through the barrels of a shotgun.
What was surprising, however, was the complacency of the larger public with these horrors and more. Yet even a short stay in the country last December made this complacency easier to understand, though not to excuse.
Fear had become the most important state product since July. Fear of the MB's alleged terrorism was on the mind of many, and so they had nothing to say against state terror. Egyptian state media had mastered the art of demonizing the MB. In the eyes of many, they had become nothing more than terrorists and enemies of not only the state, but the Egyptian people themselves.