Futile reconciliation initiatives with the Brotherhood


The talk about national reconciliation never stops. Every now and then someone introduces a new initiative for reconciliation between the Muslim Brotherhood and the government. Different people, different names and different ways of handling the issue, but all boil down to one thing: reconciliation. Some really believe in the practicality of the idea like Dr Ahmed Kamal Abul Magd. Others just want to be under the spotlight like Dr Hassan Nafaa, and still others who swim with the current, make-believing they are right and honest like Mohamed Al-Omda. Anyway, every one of these has launched the so-called “reconciliation initiative”, but every time the idea is floated the anger of Egyptians and the fury of public opinion is fueled.

One cannot stop wondering about the reasons that motivated these mediators to seek this futile reconciliation. The Brotherhood committed acts of violence, incitement and cold-blooded murder, not to mention the disgraceful act of high treason against Egypt by revealing the country’s well-kept secrets to foreign intelligence services. For all that, former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and his presidential team are currently being tried.

Talk about reconciliation has already expired, and everyone participating in it seeks either personal gain or the group’s welfare. In fact, there is no reconciliation between a group and a state, especially if it is a central deep-rooted state like Egypt. This kind of talk is insulting to our state and its history, and torpedoes all the Egyptian peoples’ recent achievements.

In 2012, the Brotherhood managed to win the majority of seats in parliament, assumed the post of president and was given full opportunity to lead the country. But how did it avail itself of that opportunity? It started to carry out a plan to decimate Egyptian institutions, targeted the judiciary system, and sought to eliminate the role of the Supreme Constitutional Court. It also targeted the police, and endeavored to penetrate security bodies by planting their covert agents in them. The group demanded a quota in the police academy and military colleges. Meetings of the Brotherhood’s guidance bureau were held in the presidential headquarters headed by their supreme guide. Meanwhile, the president, the highest elected official in the nation, took a back seat to the Brotherhood according to his rank in the organisation.

Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected civilian president, divulged the country’s secrets among which were reports of Egyptian security bodies, and plans for arming the military and future armament projects. He leaked those plans to Qatari intelligence so that this statelet gained possession of Egypt’s most critical classified information. As long as those secrets are with Qatar, then it is expected that it will pass them on to the United States, Israel and/or Turkey. It also seems highly likely that the reports might also be revealed to terrorist groups in Syria, Libya and Iraq, who have an eye on Egypt,

The group’s supporters set fire to power transformers, targetted high voltage transmission towers and committed acts of aggression against Egyptians seeking revenge for rejecting their supreme guide’s rule. This is the same group whose members pour oil on highways causing horrific accidents and kill Egyptians for no reason other than their nationality. The group does not believe in the concept of homeland or citizenship, and sees the homeland as just a state among other states. It is a terrorist group which alienated itself from the national consensus and stood against the state and the people. That is why any talk about reconciliation is a betrayal of our homeland and our people. There must be no reconciliation with those who committed murder, incited vioelnce and are charged with high treason by revealing the country’s top secrets to our enemies. The public should expose those who trade on reconciliation initiatives and reject them, because no reconciliation can be secured with killers and traitors.

Emad Gad is vice president of Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies.