LOS ANGELES, July 11, 2013 — After the Egyptian military ousted President Mohammed Morsi, the peaceful protests in the street turned violent. That is the narrative the media are pushing, and it is completely false.
When one is a simpleton with a hard deadline and pre-determined opinions, writing is easy: Take the decided-upon conclusion and force the data into that conclusion. Wooden square pegs fit perfectly into round holes if one pounds the pegs into sawdust and pours them in.
In most stories, a military overthrow of a democratically elected president is a bad thing. Tanks in the street engaging in firefights with citizens is a bad thing. Images of Tiananmen Square accurately showed the military as aggressors and oppressors, stifling the right of innocent people to have First Amendment free speech rights that Americans take for granted.
This narrative is exactly the opposite of what happened in Cairo.
Mohammed Morsi was democratically elected with the understanding that he would transform Egypt from a dictatorship to a real democracy. While he was the head of the Muslim Brotherhood, he downplayed Sharia Law and radical Islam in favor of a pluralistic society and a better economy. Once the Muslim Brotherhood gained power, they began implementing cornerstones of an Islamic theocracy. The people were duped. They had traded one dictatorship for another one. So as they did in 2011, the people took to the streets in protests that were peaceful.
The military did not want to replace Morsi. The people demanded it. The military acted according to the wishes of the people, the precise antithesis of a military crackdown. Morsi was taken down and other members of the Muslim Brotherhood were arrested.
Violence then started breaking out, but it was Muslim Brotherhood Islamists committing the violence. The Egyptian people did not turn violent. Their most violent element acted in the same way Islamists act all across the globe. Islamism is based on violence. The Muslim Brotherhood simply acted like themselves.
The difference in this case is that unlike Western governments around the globe, the Egyptian military was not interested in coddling the Islamists. They were not interested in having a dialogue with those who employed violence against them. Islamists have bullied various peoples worldwide who refuse to fight back. In Egypt, radical Islam encountered the only thing it respects: superior firepower.
The mainstream Egyptian people are not in danger from their military. The fringe lunatics are. These fringe lunatics are the same people destabilizing other governments around the world.
Egypt has not descended into violence or the implied chaos that is frequently associated with such violence. Egypt saw a band of murderous zealots try to destabilize their own nation. The Islamists fired upon the military, and the military hit back hard. This does not escalate violence. It stops it. Wars end when one side surrenders, and the Egyptian military has made it clear that the Islamists will not win a conflict of force inside Egypt.
The military restored order. The military maintained its status as a respected institution. The people saw a ray of hope for a better future. The only losers in this conflict were the Islamists.
That is a good thing.
Violence is not always bad. Violence freed the American slaves and preserved our unions. It freed Holocaust survivors and saved the world from Nazism and Fascism. It now in Egypt has saved ordinary people from a corrupt Islamist government.
There is no cycle of violence in Egypt. There are good guys and bad guys, and the bad guys are getting their hides handed to them.
Those who love freedom and liberty should see this as a cause for celebration, not lamentation.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, and satirist. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.
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