Posted this in another thread and conversation, but thought you all here would like it as well:
Ok my Egyptian friend sent a more detailed reply. According to ATS T&C I can't quote her directly because she's not a member, so I'll paraphrase and
make some edits......a Native Muslim Egyptian's Explanation on the Situation....
Egyptians first uprise or revolution was for 'bread,freedom,and social justice'
Meaning economy,democracy,and social justice.
After losing martyrs,suffering injuries and economic deterioration, we've gone through referendums,elections and a #ty state of unrest. Until we
reached presedential elections where in the first phase,the candidates failed to form coallitions and they were new to the political arena and had no
public base.whereas the muslim brotherhood have always been engaged in community service and over the years have gained the loyalty of the poor and
uneducated (the majority) and have also gained the sympathy of the people because they were constantly persecuted and tortured by the mubarak
regime.They also hid behind religion which is always a winning card in a conservative country like Egypt with a majority of muslims.
Based on these factors and their amazing ability to rally people and to unite and present one candidate and allocate all their resources just to make
one of them...ANY one of them win, they were able to go through the parliament elections and go through to the second stage of the presidential
At that stage we were faced by 2 horrible choices.Either Shafiq who is basically a candidate of the regime we've just toppled , or Morsi who is a
candidate of the muslim brotherhood.
So in addition to the people that were rallied by the muslimbrotherhood, the majority preferred to take their chances with the muslimbrotherhood
morsi. It seemed like the lesser of the bad choices at the time.
In fact we had hopes that electing a candidate who belongs to a strong party, can help fight the deep and strong cottuption of the previous regime
Unill one year later we have had enough ranting from morsi,arrigance from his party,hectic and irrational decisiins and actions.we had no
electricity,ni water, no gas for cars,prices sky high,no real police protection...basically there's no country...in addition to other major
catastrophies like the Ethiopian dam..etc..then on wednesday he ranted some more for 2 and a half hours and saying nothing that could calm the
public...so we finally had it and took to the streets. INCLUDING the masses who were against mubarak being toppled.people who couldnt care less an
extremist ruling and also many who took to the streets are christians ! So please tell your friend to unplug his ears, and maybe try to listen,read,
and understand before forming his opinion.
Hope that gives a better perspective for us westerners.....she was quite upset when I started discussing the whole situation there.....and here I am
in Canada.....celebrating Canada Day. A stark contrast.
edit on 1-7-2013 by Connector because: (no reason given)