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Morsi Marches On: Veteran of Luxor Massacre Appointed to Governorship

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COMMENT: One of the more grotesque aspects of this decades-long undertaking has been watching people hail the advance of fascism as something “desirable” and/or “democratic.” 

Even as the gullible raise their voices in support of Baby Face Snowden (the career spook whose “leaking” of documents is almost certainly part of an intelligence-community destabilization of Obama), we are presented with ongoing evidence of just how misplaced such acclaim can be.

Less than two years after the “Arab Spring” (“Muslim Brotherhood Spring” we call it) was hailed as a blossoming of democracy in the Arab world, it is proving to be the installation of Islamic fascism (or “corporatism” as Mussolini called his system) that we said it would be.

(Those not familiar with the line of analysis we presented should check out FTR #’s 732 through 739, as well as 724, 725, 745 about WikiLeaks. The so-called Arab Spring was the outgrowth of a covert operation begun during Bush’s second term and realized by the GOP/Underground Reich faction of the U.S. intelligence system.)

Now, Morsi’s Islamic fascist regime has appointed a veteran of the Al Gamaa al-Islamiya group to be a regional governor. That organization perpetrated the Luxor massacre.

In FTR #‘s 457, 455, 402, we discussed the Luxor massacre, the “Gamaa’s” links to Al-Qaeda, the bin Laden family and Saudi money men.

“Egypt’s Morsi Tightens Islamist Grip with Governor Appointments” [Reuters]; townhall.com; 6/16/2013.

EXCERPT: Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi named a member of an Islamist group remembered for a bloody attack on Western tourists in the ancient city of Luxor over a decade ago as governor of that province on Sunday.

It was one of 17 gubernatorial appointments that put Islamist allies in key positions across the country as Mursi braces for protests on the first anniversary of his inauguration at the end of the month.

Seven of the new governors listed by the state news agency are members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, which backed Mursi in elections that followed the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in 2011, propelling him to power last year.

The newly appointed Luxor governor, Adel Mohamed al-Khayat, is a member of the Building and Development party. The party was established by Al Gamaa al-Islamiya, an Islamist group that was involved in attacks in Luxor that killed around 60 tourists in the late 90s, but later renounced violence. . . .


8 comments for “Morsi Marches On: Veteran of Luxor Massacre Appointed to Governorship”

  1. http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/06/18/Mursi-threatened-to-burn-Egypt-if-Elbaradei-became-PM.html

    Report: Mursi threatened to ‘burn Egypt’ if Elbaradei became PM
    Tuesday, 18 June 2013

    Al Arabiya

    Leading Egyptian opposition figure Mohammed Elbaradei said on Tuesday that President Mohammed Mursi had threatened to “burn the country” if he became prime minister.

    Elbaradei, citing former military leader Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi as the source of his information, added that the Muslim Brotherhood had “vetoed” the possibility of him ever becoming a prime minister.

    In 2011, Egypt’s then ruling military council was considering naming former International Atomic Energy Agency Chief ElBaradei as Cairo’s new prime minister.

    It is unclear when Mursi had allegedly threatened against ElBaradei’s appointment as PM.

    “It’s been a year since Mursi became president, the Muslim Brotherhood has failed on a political, economic and security fronts,” Elbaradie told London-based al-Hayat newspaper.

    “The time has come for Mursi to realize that his failure will lead to an early presidential election,” he said, adding that he won’t run for the next elections.

    In the interview, Elbaradei accused the Muslim Brotherhood of hijacking the Jan. 25 revolution, saying “there is intense anger among young people who sparked the revolution because they feel that the revolution has been stolen away from them, and that their dream was stolen as well, it was a dream of the future.”

    “Young people represent 60 percent of the Egyptian society,” he added.

    The majority of the Egyptian people revolted for the provision of basic needs, including economic hardships, but intermittent protests have continued ever since over what has been perceived to be a lack of change in the country.

    Posted by Vanfield | June 18, 2013, 10:18 am
  2. I feel like a complete sap for supporting the uprising in Libya, at the time I genuinely thought it was a popular revolt against a tyrant. The mainstream press played people like a violin, straight out of ‘wag the dog’.

    Posted by Chris | June 18, 2013, 11:49 am
  3. http://www.majalla.com/eng/2013/06/article55242686

    Posted by : Political Editor: The Majalla
    on : Monday, 24 Jun, 2013

    Egyptian army gives politicians a new deadline

    Egyptian army threatens intervention unless political impasse is resolved before June 30 anti-Mursi demonstrations.

    CAIRO, Asharq Al-Awsat—The commander of the Egyptian armed forces, General Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi, called on political parties to reach a political settlement before the planned opposition demonstrations on Sunday, June 30, and warned that the army would not stay on the sidelines if there was a risk of chaos in the country.

    General Sissi said the army’s main responsibility to the nation made it imperative for the army to intervene if there was a threat that would cause the country to “slip into darkness.”

    Sissi pointed out that “the armed forces had avoided being drawn into the political arena, but that its national, historic and moral responsibility to the people makes it imperative that it intervenes to stop Egypt slipping into a dark tunnel of conflict, internal fighting, exchanging accusations of treason and criminality, sectarian sedition, and the collapse of institutions.”

    He warned against the dangers of division within the political arena following last Friday’s demonstrations in support of President Mursi.

    He said: “It is important to have harmony among all parties, and those who think this situation is good for the country are mistaken. It harms the country and threatens Egyptian national security.”

    The armed forces have kept a distance from politics since Sissi took command in August last year. He told a gathering of his officers yesterday: “They who think that we are safe from the dangers threatening our country are mistaken, and we will not watch in silence as the country slides into an uncontrollable conflict.”

    The armed forces governed Egypt in the period after the fall of former President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011 and the arrival of Mohamed Mursi in June 2012.

    Sissi, whose statement is likely to increase speculation that the Egyptian army is re-entering the political arena, added: “the will of the Egyptian people is what governs [the army], and we embrace it with honor and integrity. We are totally responsible for its protection and will not allow anyone to harm the will of the people.”

    Sissi continued: “It is not brave to stand aside and watch our Egyptian people being threatened and intimidated; it is better to die than allow any Egyptian to be harmed in the presence of their army.” This comment was interpreted as a response to threats made by Islamists last Friday to try to prevent large numbers of people from joining the June 30 anti-Mursi demonstrations.

    He urged people to stop attacking the armed forces, warning that the army will not stay silent to these attacks. He concluded his statement by saying “the armed forces call on everyone to find a principle of understanding and communication, and genuine reconciliation, to protect Egypt and its people. We have a week in which a lot can be achieved.”

    Muslim Brotherhood Guidance Bureau member, Mahmoud Ghazlan told Asharq Al-Awsat that “despite the embarrassment this statement causes to the presidency, because it represents an intrusion by the army in politics, the Muslim Brotherhood does not have a problem in dealing positively with it.”

    Ghazlan added that “the opposition could have spared the country this embarrassment by responding to our repeated calls for reconciliation, a call made also by the presidency.”

    He added that the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies had shown restraint in last Friday’s demonstration in support of Mursi, in which they avoided violence, adding that it was the Muslim Brotherhood who adhered to democratic values, not others.

    Meanwhile,Asharq Al-Awsat has learnt that leading members of the opposition Salvation Front have called for an urgent meeting to discuss the statement. They told Asharq Al-Awsat that any reconciliation talks must be preceded by a call from President Mursi for early presidential elections.

    By Mohamed Hassan Shaban

    Posted by Vanfield | June 24, 2013, 9:08 am
  4. Well that didn’t go well:

    Controversial Egypt Islamist quits as Luxor governor

    CAIRO, June 23 | Sun Jun 23, 2013 7:03am EDT

    (Reuters) – The new governor of Egypt’s Luxor province, controversially appointed last week despite belonging to a hardline Islamist group that killed 58 tourists there in 1997, announced his resignation on Sunday.

    “We will not accept that one drop of blood be spilt because of a position that I did not personally aspire to at any time,” Adel Mohamed al-Khayat said in a news conference, saying the decision had been made after consultations with his party.

    A member of al-Gamaa al-Islamiya, which mounted campaigns against Egypt’s military rulers and tourist industry at various times from the 1970s to 1990s, al-Khayat was appointed a week ago by President Mohamed Mursi in a move that showed the growing importance of al-Gamaa as an ally of Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood.

    Khayat had denied any personal role in militant attacks, having worked as a civil servant after a brief association with al-Gamaa as a student.

    But his appointment prompted uproar in Luxor, in the southern heartlands of al-Gamaa support. Workers in the tourist industry around its pharaonic temples feared the new governor could put off visitors at a time when business is already poor due to continued unrest following the 2011 revolution.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | June 27, 2013, 8:10 pm
  5. And here come the vigilantes:

    Egyptian clerics warn of ‘civil war’ ahead of mass protests

    By Charlene Gubash and Alastair Jamieson, NBC News, 6/28/2013

    Egypt risks sliding into civil war, the country’s leading religious authority warned Friday, as the nation braced itself for mass nationwide protests.

    Organizers of “June 30” demonstrations — which mark one year since Islamist President Mohammed Morsi’s election — claim they have the backing of an estimated 15 million Egyptians who want him to resign.

    “Only God knows what will happen [on Sunday],” said Gamal Abdul Aziz, a pro-Morsi car mechanic in Madba’a, a blue-collar district in Cairo.

    Building on discontent about a range of social and economic issues, Morsi’s opponents hope to force early presidential elections.

    His supporters, meanwhile, have promised they will also take to the streets to defend the Muslim Brotherhood-backed government.

    “Vigilance is required to ensure we do not slide into civil war,” clerics of the Al-Azhar institute said in a statement broadly supportive of Morsi, Reuters reported.

    It blamed “criminal gangs” who besieged mosques for street violence which the Brotherhood said has killed five of its supporters in a week.

    There were ominous signs on Friday. A Health Ministry source told Reuters that at least 36 people were wounded when hundreds scuffled outside a local office of the Muslim Brotherhood.

    A Reuters reporter saw about a dozen men break off from an anti-Morsi march on the seafront to throw rocks at the building’s guards. They responded and bricks and bottles flew. Gunshots were also heard.

    Morsi’s supporters claim the demonstration– organized by an opposition umbrella group named “Tamarod,” meaning “Rebel” – is setting the stage for a repeat of the 2011 Arab Spring revolution.

    Mahmoud Badr, a 28-year-old journalist and founder of the Tamarod movement, dismissed a televised speech by Morsi on Wednesday night in which the president appealed for calm.

    “Our demand was early presidential elections and since that was not addressed anywhere in the speech then our response will be on the streets on [Sunday],” he told the English-language Egypt Independent news site.

    The U.S. Embassy announced Tuesday it would be closing its doors for the day of the demonstrations, but added that “potentially violent protest activity may occur before June 30,” and urged U.S. citizens to “maintain a low profile” from Friday onwards.

    Underscoring fears of violence, defenders of Morsi on Tuesday revealed plans to form vigilante groups to protect public buildings from opposition demonstrations, the Egypt Independent reported, quoting Safwat Abdel Ghany, a member of Islamic umbrella organization Jama’a al-Islamiya.

    “If chaos sweeps across the country, Islamist groups will secure state institutions and vital facilities against robbery by thugs and advocates of violence,” he was quoted as saying.

    Members of Tamarod were so confident that they would force Morsi from power that the organization set out a constitutional “road map” that it said would take Egypt forward without a president until new elections.

    Eric Trager, fellow at the Washington Institute think tank, said this week that battle lines were drawn between “an enraged opposition” and “an utterly incapable, confrontational ruling party that now counts some of Egypt’s most violent political elements as its core supporters.”

    “Rising food prices, hours-long fuel lines, and multiple-times-daily electricity cuts — all worsening amidst a typically scorching Egyptian summer — have set many Egyptians on edge, with clashes between Brotherhood and anti-Brotherhood activists now a common feature of Egyptian political life,” he said.

    “Whatever happens on [Sunday], it can’t end well,” he added.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | June 28, 2013, 8:47 am
  6. Not good:

    Egypt Brotherhood leader calls for ‘martyrdom’
    Published July 02, 2013

    CAIRO (AFP) – A top Muslim Brotherhood leader urged Egyptians to stand ready to sacrifice their lives to prevent a coup, after the army gave Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and his opponents until Wednesday to resolve their differences or face intervention.

    “Seeking martyrdom to prevent this coup is what we can offer to the previous martyrs of the revolution,” Mohamed al-Beltagui said in a statement on Tuesday.

    He was referring to the more than 800 people killed during the 2011 uprising that ousted veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | July 2, 2013, 9:03 am
  7. The rats are jumping ship. Just not the top rat:

    Egypt’s Mohammed Morsi vows to stay in office
    2 July 2013 Last updated at 20:33 ET

    Egypt’s president has vowed to defend the legitimacy of his office with his life, amid continuing mass protests and more deaths in the capital, Cairo.

    In a late-night televised appeal for calm, Mohammed Morsi rejected an army ultimatum that the country’s crisis be resolved by Wednesday.

    Mr Morsi admitted he had made mistakes but said he would not be dictated to and urged protests to remain peaceful.

    The army earlier leaked details of a draft “roadmap” for Egypt’s future.

    Details of the plan leaked to the BBC outlined new presidential elections, the suspension of the new constitution and the dissolution of parliament.

    Clashes in Cairo between opponents and supporters of the Islamist president killed at least seven people on Tuesday, the health ministry said.

    The army warned on Monday that it would step in unless a solution was found, giving Mr Morsi 48 hours to find agreement with the opposition.

    That ultimatum expires around 16:30 (15:30 BST) on Wednesday.

    Clashes spreading

    In a 45-minute address on state television, Mr Morsi said he respected the right to peaceful protest, but said respect for the constitutional order was the “only guarantee against further bloodshed”.

    “When there’s violence and thuggery I must act,” he said.

    Mr Morsi said he would “give my life” to defend constitutional legitimacy,

    He blamed the unrest on corruption and remnants of the ousted regime of Hosni Mubarak, and called for protesters to respect the rule of law.

    Mr Morsi urged the establishment of a committee of reconciliation as well as a charter of ethics for the media, and said he was prepared to meet all groups and individuals as part of a national dialogue process.

    But Mohammed Abdelaziz, a leader of the Tamarod (Rebel) opposition campaign, told Agence France-Presse: “This is a president threatening his own people. We don’t consider him the president of Egypt.”

    Clashes between supporters of President Morsi and security forces erupted at Cairo University early on Wednesday morning, Reuters news agency reported.

    It quoted a health official as saying that three people had been killed and 90 wounded in the clashes.

    The violence followed other outbreaks across several parts of the capital on Tuesday, with casualties reported at hospitals in the north, south and centre of Cairo.

    More clashes were reported across the country as leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood – the Islamist party from which Mr Morsi hails – urged their supporters on to the streets.

    Mr Morsi earlier met the head of the armed forces, Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, for a second consecutive day. They did not give any details of the talks, which also included Prime Minister Hisham Qandil.

    Military sources told the BBC the president’s position was becoming “weaker” with every passing minute and suggested that under the draft plan, he could be replaced by a council of cross-party civilians and technocrats ahead of new elections.

    Mr Morsi was put under further pressure by the resignation of six ministers from his government on Monday, including Foreign Minister Kamel Amr.

    On Tuesday, the spokesmen for the presidency and the cabinet were also reported to have quit.

    The UN high commissioner for human rights called on the president to engage in a “serious national dialogue” to end the political crisis, and said nothing should be done to undermine the democratic process.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | July 2, 2013, 5:52 pm
  8. Uhhh….“We investigated the reported incident at the time and concluded that it was not a targeted attack and was likely to be connected to routine exercises being conducted by the Egyptian military in the area at the time.”:

    The Guardian
    Sharm el-Sheikh flight from Stansted dodged missile last August

    Thomson Airways plane heading to Egyptian resort forced to take evasive action after projectile spotted by pilot, British government confirms

    Gwyn Topham Transport correspondent

    Saturday 7 November 2015 05.24 EST

    A plane carrying British holidaymakers to Sharm el-Sheikh came within 300 metres (1,000ft) of a missile as it neared the Egyptian airport in August, the government has confirmed.

    A Thomson Airways flight from London Stansted to the Red Sea resort, carrying 189 passengers, took evasive action after the missile was spotted in its trajectory by the pilot. The crew of flight TOM 476 landed the plane safely and passengers were not advised of the incident, which occurred on 23 August.

    The incident is not thought to be directly linked to Britain’s decision to curtail flights to Sharm el-Sheikh in the wake of the crash of the Russian Metrojet airliner, killing 224 people, last Saturday. However, it will underline fears that regional instability could threaten flights, as more countries joined Britain in restricting air travel and imposing tougher security measures.

    The Department for Transport (DfT) confirmed that the incident took place but said it did not believe the missile was an attempt to target the British plane, instead ascribing the missile seen by the Thomson pilots to Egyptian military manoeuvres. Airlines are currently prohibited from flying below 26,000 feet over the Sinai peninsula due to fears that Islamic militants fighting the Egyptian government could have weapons capable of bringing down a plane.

    The Manpads – portable anti-aircraft missile launchers, which intelligence agencies believe Isis-affiliated groups could possess – are capable of targeting planes only at low altitudes. A government spokesperson said: “We investigated the reported incident at the time and concluded that it was not a targeted attack and was likely to be connected to routine exercises being conducted by the Egyptian military in the area at the time.”

    Thomson said that crew reported the missile near-miss to the DfT immediately after conducting an assessment upon landing in Sharm el-Sheikh, in line with established protocol.

    So after taking evasive action the plane still came about 1000 feet from a missile? It would be interesting to learn just how close the missile would have come to the plane if it hadn’t taken evasive action. Was it literally targeting the plane’s path and on track to hit without evasive action? If so, given the speculation that it was a bomb that took down the Russian Metrojet, pointing towards a potential insider-threat in Egypt’s airport security, and given that the group claiming responsibility was Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, a group of former military officers turned Islamist militant who pledged allegiance to ISIS, you have to wonder if the Ansar Beit al-Maqdis’s members are all former officers.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | November 7, 2015, 3:22 pm

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