Egypt baffles again
Any semblance of democracy that Egypt could have lain claim to has been now left in tatters. After a court sentencing 683 men, including the Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohamed Badie, to death as penalty for demonstrations and protest movement post the July 2013 coup d’état, fears of Cairo sinking to a new nadir of political viciousness have in fact been proved correct. In stark violation of any human rights consideration, forget political and ideological independence, the mass trials of Egypt and their heinous fallouts are indicators enough of how unfortunate has been the military takeover of Cairo’s strings and how it has been pushed back into the same old cesspool of a dictatorial regime under General Abdul Fateh al-Sisi’s shadowy command. Egypt, which witnessed democratic election in July 2012 after more than three decades of misrule under Hosni Mubarak, was dealt a deathly blow when the popularly elected government of the Muslim Brotherhood party, under Mohamed Morsi, was toppled barely one year of its existence. It is evident that Egypt, instead of giving the democratically chosen regime another chance, opted for dissolution of the system much before it was ready to handle itself, allowing the military old guard to reestablish control of the state and the system. The downward spiral that has been Egypt’s political trajectory since July 2013, with extreme violence and bloodshed and countless deaths becoming the staple news emanating from the region, is extremely heart-wrenching, to say the least. The trials and sentencing have been anything but fair. Sadly, Egypt is turning into a graveyard of foreign policy.