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Monday, April 17, 2006

We So Deserve an MB Government!

Moved on! Check TheCairoCalls

It is no secret that I'm not the world's greatest Muslim brotherhood fan. I think I have very credible worries about the level of accountability any ruler who claims to govern by divine order will have.
That's why I am really furious that somebody like Mahdy Akef, the MB Supreme Guide (that's one wacky title by the way) can get away with saying something like "Toz Fe Misr" (Screw Egypt!).
Some of you might claim that he didn't get away and that the government newspapers and TV stations are all over him for that. Granted. But what about people? Do you see anybody going all ballistic about this? I can't see anybody going to the streets with banners like "Screw you, Akef" or even "Shame on you". Nothing! It is as if nobody cares about the country.
Well, in fact, what I think happened is that some people rationalized the thing this way: "He said Toz Fe Misr because he thought that having an Islamic Caliph is more important...you know what, it makes sense...Toz Fe Misr"
If somebody can get away with insulting the whole country on tape, he can get away with anything. This is the accountability problem I was talking about.
And that is Fascism in the worst kind of way!

update: here is a link to the transcript of the interview (Arabic). Here is also a very well balanced rebuttal in Goumhoria (government newspaper, so the well balanced part is quite surprising)(Arabic also). It asks a very simple question; Mahdy Akef thinks that it is ok for any Muslim to rule a country like Egypt, yet the MB never had a supreme guide who is not Egyptian (and they have a lot of affiliate organizations everywhere)! How is that for hypocrisy?!

Moved on!



The issue is that people distrust the government, and all it's media, more than they distrust the MB. That's why they haven't questioned Akef's denial that he said these comments.

Perhaps if more credible sources in Egyptian media (do they exist?) come out with a similar story, then he won't get off as easily.

By Anonymous Alb Sayed, at April 17, 2006 10:05 PM  

I heard about that insult but never read the exact words. Does anyone have the whole speech?

By Blogger Amino, at April 18, 2006 3:17 PM  

please update me with any information as i did not read it or hear it anywhere !

By Anonymous dermact, at April 19, 2006 1:05 AM  

It was laid out in Roselosef last friday & the tape was played with his exact words saying it.
The guy is getting away with it, wonder if Olmert had said what akef said or worse, an arab leader, how would have people reacted?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 19, 2006 1:05 AM  

sorry, the tape was played on Orbit, gamal Enayats program which had mahdi speaking about it & trying in vain to rationalise it.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 19, 2006 1:07 AM  

أخيرا حد قالها شكرا ليك

By Blogger yousra, at April 19, 2006 1:16 AM  

When I first started reading the interview, Akef's words sounded somehow reasonable to me. But then, when he started talking about a malaysian ruler and the Islamic nation I felt confused. I read about different identities in sociology, and that in Egypt, different people have different identites. Like some consider themselves Egyptians, others say that we are Arabs, yet some others say we are Muslims. But Frankly, I failed to understand Akef's identity. All the interview he was talking about bringing democracy and ruling with shareyya in Egypt, and that we should care about fixing problems in Egypt first before worrying about others (Egyptian Identity). Then suddenly, he starts talking about the Islamic nation, and that the concept of dividing the islamic nation into countries was introduced by the occupation (clear islamic identity). He didn't seem to have a clear stance

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