Khairat Al-Shater /al

I couldn’t help but smile ironically to don’t cry while reading an analysis about the situation in the Middle East in a very important World Media in which I found a concern about the popularity of some “extremist” candidate to the presidency of Egypt in opposition to the more “moderate” Muslim Brotherhood‘s backed candidate Khairat Al-Shater, from the Freedom and Justice Party.  A year ago, the Muslim Brotherhood, for the same Media was an extremist, almost terrorist group, or at least the principal source of Al Qaeda militants, In times of president W. Bush, “the” evil itself. And the ousted egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, then a “clue friend” in the Region, civilized and reasonable, is now a tyrant who had his people hostage without basic rights and freedoms.

Mubarak was a friend then because he was the head of a state who helped the interest of the western countries, above all with the control of the Suez’s canal and protecting one of the borders of Israel. But also was a puppet, not only of the western powers, but in hands of the military in his own country and what he represented is not over. In fact, they banned the candidacy of Mr. Al-Shater to the presidency, but the Muslim Brotherhood and the Freedom and Justice party have challenged that and if that doesn’t work, has a “plan B” with a second candidate, Mr. Morsi.

The Muslim Brotherhood was considered a dangerous and radical extremist enemy, because of its “religious fundamentalism”  and the fact that some of the Egyptians leaders of Al-Qaeda who worked with Osama bin Laden have been previously members of that group.

But now, things had changed. The “Arab Spring” has put into the table a known and uncomfortable fact. The Western Powers choose their friends by interest and not by the respect of Human Rights, Freedoms or respect to Democracy. Certainly in Egypt after 30 years of exception rule, any trace of democracy was a joke. And when a democracy is oppressed by force, the political sides have a tendency to boil in confusion, radicalize or  fall in apathy. Another usual situation is that dissident groups who develops in the exile and are more known, and considered more advanced and resourceful out of the borders, have a lot of problems to be accepted in the Country, because they are seen as “foreigners” or at least, people who can have knowledge of the theory, but not the experience of living under the dictatorship and they really don’t know how the country and the people changed those years.

Now in Egypt the polls said clearly that the most voted party is the Freedom and Justice, that means, the one formed by the Muslim Brotherhood. So if Egypt want to behave like a democracy will have to accept that and stop the ban to the candidacies, but the ball is in the hands of the military.

Back to the question in my headline: how to pass from moderate to dictator and from extremist to moderate for the big Media? Having options to rule a Country that still have interest for the Western Powers. In this case thru protests that leaded to elections, but the way is not completed. They say all is relative, and in politics, the most. Now it’s time to see if the recently baptized like moderate Muslim Brotherhood will behave like a moderate force as is understood in the Western Capitals, because in the diplomatic relations there is always two sides and two wills to negotiate, and not everything can be resolved changing and adjective.

By the way it seems that today the Kingdom of Jordan decided to ban the Muslim Brotherhood in their political map because of its religious and no political grounds. Let see what will happen there, another “loyal friend” of the US an other western powers that have to deal with a movement that in Egypt was “extremist” and now they call it “moderate”.

About Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.


Middle East, World and Politics


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