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Monday, July 15, 2013

Egypt’s Morsi gone: ‘Military brings hope not coup,’ says Coptic leader

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

CAIRO, EGYPT (ANS) -- A leading Coptic leader, Dr. Ashraf Ramelah, founder and President of Voice of the Copts, a human rights organization with offices in Italy and the United States, has claimed that the actions of the Egyptian military in removing Egyptian President, Mohamed Morsi, was not a "coup," and has also has brought “hope” to many of the Egyptian people.

Egyptians celebrate along the Nile in Cairo after the military announced the removal of President Mohamed Morsi.
(Amel Pain / European Pressphoto Agency /
July 3, 2013)

Dr. Ramelah, who was born in Cairo, said in an Op Ed published on the www.voiceofthecopts.org website, “As the country rejoices, Egyptians fear jihad will turn into civil war. The military removed and jailed President Morsi on the demands of the people, and now Morsi’s angry remnant – defenders of the dishonored, ousted Muslim Brotherhood -- roam the streets in bloodthirsty revenge.

“Instigated by President Morsi’s June 26th and 28th speeches, the Muslim Brotherhood and their sympathizers terrorize Egyptian neighborhoods. All who are happy to have Morsi gone – ordinary citizens and Egyptian military -- becomes their enemy.”

He then wrote, “Now, after Morsi, Egypt’s military plays the role of transitional authority and guardian without taking power. The army has not seized power from the government or sought violence. The military has not grabbed positions, control, or command as a consequence of the people’s rebellion.

Dr. Ashraf Ramelah

“Instead, it continues to support Egypt’s revolutionary democratic movement and keep law and order after removing the President. The army is facilitating the appropriate legal course and changeover in the government according to guidelines provided in Egypt’s previous constitution -- correctly ‘freezing’ Morsi’s Shariah law constitution rejected by the majority.”

Dr. Ramelah went on to say, “Egypt’s military performed dutifully toward its countrymen resolving the June 30th issue with perfect timing as it rejected the bait of ‘dialogue.’ This resulted in a miraculous turnover for Egypt. Unlike SCAF’s [The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces] dirty compromises after the overthrow of Mubarak, this army is supervising the transference of power from Morsi’s regime to the president of the High Constitutional Court, Adly Monsour, who is now the interim President of Egypt. In siding responsibly with freedom fighters Egypt’s army has forgone political empowerment.”

Dr. Ramelah then spoke about the stunning “part that the media around the world seems to be missing,” saying, “Claiming Egypt’s military action as a military coup is dangerous for this plays into the hands of the radical views of a vindictive and deceptive Muslim Brotherhood now threatening warfare on Egypt.

“It is as wrong as the ‘Arab Spring’ label before it. Some in the media even suggest that the July 3rd removal of the terror-backed, Shariah law advocate overreaching his executive powers to build a parallel Saudi-like brown squad and much worse, defies democratic principles. Even if this were true, Egypt must first clean house of democracy’s enemies in order to begin its democratic process. Innocent Egyptians are at risk if, based upon such views, the U.S. halts aid (the $1.3 billion commitment) to an Egyptian military aligned with freedom-fighters.

A picture of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is chained on the gates outside a government building Reuters

“Why did the army act as a trustworthy steward of the people’s non-violent Tamarud [Rebel] movement, intervening and demanding Morsi comply with their petition request? It is difficult to say. There is no indication that the military, which just played the role of mediator and protector of the people, will turn the tables in a power grab nor is there evidence to the contrary. More importantly, the army remains unified against the Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt’s sequel depends on one figure, Commander-in-chief Abdel Fattah El Sisi.”

He said while in office, Commander-in-chief Morsi moved around army officers like “chess pieces” securing in part loyalty to his regime in many areas as in the replacement of Mohammad Tantawi, head commander of Egyptian Armed Forces, with Abdel Fattah El Sisi on August 12, 2012.

“Given more time to complete his gradual plan, Morsi was to make a total overturn of military leadership to Muslim Brotherhood loyalists, including El Sisi, who was former head of military intelligence under Mubarak,” Dr. Ramelah stated. “Now it is El Sisi who put the army at odds with Morsi. He responded to the country’s unrest as the Tamarud petition grew with millions of signatures, making multiple requests for all political interests in Egypt to come together for talks – including freedom-fighters, Muslim Brotherhood, and Morsi. Morsi refused and no talks occurred,” he said.

Egyptian military helicopters trailing national flags circled over Tahrir Square during a protest
(Photo: Suhaib Salem/Reuters)

Referring to the Muslim Brotherhood-backed Morsi regime, he said that El Sisi made known his loyalties before June 30th protests when he said, “When we see that Egyptians are under threat and we are not able to defend them, it is better we die.”

The writer then said, “Finally, on behalf of Egyptians, El Sisi delivered a 48-hour notice to Morsi to leave office, which Morsi rejected. After handcuffing the President on July 3rd, the army naturally began to arrest and jail Brotherhood figures and to dismantle their power structure out of fear that certain leaders would instigate violence.

Dr. Ramelah continued by saying, “Other hidden documents discovered by the army in Brotherhood Al Fayyum offices reveal that Morsi received fewer votes in the 2012 Presidential election than his opponent, Shafiq. Suspicion of U.S. involvement in this matter runs high among Egyptians. It has from the day Morsi was announced President.”

He concluded by saying, “Thankfully, the army looks to avoid bloodshed by keeping Morsi under house arrest protected from a disenchanted Muslim Brotherhood ready to assassinate him and spark mayhem – legitimizing violence to hold on to power. So far, the military’s power is the power of the people.

“We do not see a military coup in Egypt, but an Egyptian army honoring the sea of waving red cards stating ‘get out’ – the only ‘weapon’ wielded by freedom protesters to rid a deplorable ruler. In a soccer match, a referee pushes the red card into the face of a foul player in the field to signal him unacceptable and too dangerous to remain in the game. Now Mohammad Morsi is out of the game. He must stay that way for good.”


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Dan Wooding, 72, who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 49 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and he hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on the KWVE Radio Network in Southern California and which is also carried throughout the United States and around the world. Besides this, Wooding is a host for His Channel Live, which is carried via the Internet to some 192 countries. Dan recently received two top media awards -- the “Passion for the Persecuted” award from Open Doors US, and as one of the top “Newsmakers of 2011” from Plain Truth magazine. He is the author of some 45 books, the latest of which is “Caped Crusader: Rick Wakeman in the 1970s.” To order a copy, go to: Caped Crusader - Amazon

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