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As it is quite obvious that this binary, simplistic and erroneous interpretation of the events in Egypt by the Occident falls on once again, the scars of an orientalist vision, taken on or not, and holds a responsibility in the Egypt current events, it will have other consequences on the future of the country. Indeed, whereas the regime is trying to overcome its lack of democratic legitimacy through an emotional manipulation, the country is splitting and tearing up itself.

Today, it is not a question of a fight between a pro-islamist and an anti-islamist Egypt. In the lines opposed to the coup d'état, and unlike what the army and the majority of media want to demonstrate, many are those who do not belong to the Muslim Brothers but are rising to express their refusal against a forced assumption of power. Not all of the demonstrators show their support to the Muslim Brothers but all protest against the coup d'état. Here is the nuance.

Unfortunately, and as it has already be seen elsewhere, this slight nuance drowns in the violence, driven here by the army on purpose, to eradicate the Muslim Brothers1 and legitimate their power. A wound population is left behind, divided by religious, social and ethnic considerations, as a political instrument by the ongoing power, inherently supported or not by the international community that will have to admit one day its shred responsibility with the army of a divided country within its communities modelled on the current Irak.

Thus, besides a systematic rejection of brutality, it is a responsibility that it is necessary to support, at both a national and international levels, in order to avoid Egypt following the tragic fate experienced by Algeria, for what today, politicians from yesterday apologize2: it is a question of reading between the lines, looking at beyond the showed splits and continuously pondering the source of information. To put in a nutshell, it is about keeping eyes opened.

Anne Grobet

 


 

English translation of the article in french language: http://www.lecourrier.ch/113152/au_dela_d_une_lecture_binaire_du_conflit