On the Anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution, Sisi Is Terrified

(Calling himself an Islamic libertarian, El-Baghdadi resides in Norway and had nothing to do with the original revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt back in late 2010 and early 2011. He’s a self-described “start-up consultant” and an online “Arab Spring” activist who was deported from UAE back in 2014, supposedly for writing about al-Sisi in unflattering ways. Clearly, El-Baghdadi is an activist asset, one who seems made in 2014 with the purpose of positioning himself as a champion of the downtrodden whenever and where ever the next uprising takes place. UAE doesn’t cut loose real dissidents and Norway usually doesn’t take in just anybody. When the real revolutions took place in Tunisia and Egypt, the State Department quickly activated some of it’s assets and tried to implant them into the leadership of the movements. This is similar to what they did later with the Occupy movement. Because of this, fake dissidents like Webster Tarpley and “Tony Cartalucci” were then able to spread the disinformation that the revolutions were created and managed by the CIA and State Department, discrediting real revolutionary ideas and successes. The absolute last thing they want us to think is that a revolution without guns can be successful. Both of those two fakes support the brutal regimes in Egypt and Thailand and that should tell you a lot about what purpose they serve. I post El-Baghdadi’s article here for because what he writes about the al-Sisi regime and the feelings of the general population living under it are true. They have to be in order for him to attempt to build credibility for himself. But I also post this because, if these assets are being activated at this time, someone must feel a real revolution against our brutal puppet in Egypt is stirring and they wish to get out ahead of it. It should be noted that the Huffington Post, where this article is posted, now has a branch in Egypt, where this asset’s “revolutionary” writing is sure to be circulated.)

by Iyad El-Baghdadi

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s state is on a mission. It wants the five-year anniversary of the Jan. 25 Egyptian revolution to pass without event. It wants to demonstrate, once again, that everything is fine and completely under control. As the date approached, it frantically arrested activists, reinforced Tahrir Square and even, in yet another surreal scene, broke into random people’s homes to check their Facebook posts.

The lengths to which the regime is going only reveals sheer fear. The state is frantically trying to suppress a movement it claims to have already suppressed.

Even as Egypt’s central security chief declared that security forces “will not allow another revolution,” the hashtag “the people demand the downfall of the regime” quietly became the top trending topic in the Arab Twittersphere. Tahrir Square, it seems, isn’t a geographical location that can be occupied — it’s in an Arab generation’s psyche.

And yet, this Facebook post from an Egyptian young man reflects the situation the youth are in now:

In [former Egyptian President Hosni] Mubarak’s days, I was thinking about emigrating. But in your days, [Sisi], I dream of getting asylum anywhere to escape your hell and your injustice. What do you want from the youth? Do you want to kill some more of us? Or do you need us so you can fill the prisons that you’re still building? What do you want from us exactly? I hate being a young person now. I hate being a young person living in a country whose leader is you.

This post was in response to Sisi’s recent statement, in which the president said to the youth: “Don’t emigrate, we need you here.” Sisi declared 2016 to be “the year of the youth. “The Egyptian foreign ministry prepared a media campaign titled “Egypt Better Today,” which will reportedly highlight the 25 “most important accomplishments of the Egyptian state since 2011.”

Five years since the youth-driven, euphoric, optimistic Arab uprisings, the Arab region has become an inhospitable environment to its own youth. There was a time when young Arabs dreamed that they could have dignity and liberty in their own homelands — there were even cases of reverse migration by some émigrés. But today, our youth “dream of getting asylum anywhere.”

It is truly disturbing that after years of targeting, chasing, imprisoning, torturing and killing young activists and journalists, driving them to either silence or exile to escape the worst, Sisi dares to ask them to “not leave” because “Egypt needs them.” Is this just a bad dream? How clueless must he be, how utterly obtuse, to not be able to connect the actions of his regime to the snuffing of hope in the hearts of millions of young people?

Egypt has had more than its share of surreal moments over the past two years, as it descended from dark tragedy to tragic comedy. We’ve seen conspiracy hysteria, including a muppet accused of terrorism and a stork “arrested” for espionage, as well as ludicrous army-sponsored claims of an AIDS and Hepatitis C cure and an amphibious flying vehicle. But Egypt’s seemingly inexplicable tragicomedy is actually both predictable and explainable if we know where to look.

Sisi is more than just a representative of the Egyptian army, the Arab “Ancien Régime” or a counter-revolutionary axis trying to brute-force a return to Mubarak’s days. Sisi is all of that but above all, he is a representative of a paradigm built upon the idea that tyranny brings stability and efficiency; that jingoistic nationalism brings social cohesion; and that the backbone of the state is not the people or civil society, but the security establishment…

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One Response

  1. This was interesting but the part I found most interesting was that Webster Tarpley is a ‘fake dissident’. I don’t disagree with that. I just haven’t formed an opinion. I’m curious what makes you come to that conclusion (really!)

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