Muslim fundamentalism the biggest victim of the revolution (1).
By Mohssen Arishie - The Egyptian Gazette The organisation is desperately fighting for its survival, its image as the herald of divine prosperity has been completely shattered.
The influence of the group's eminent leaders is now limited to their families and accomplices.
Over the past eight decades, fundamentalism, led in Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood, maintained an influential presence, visibly and invisibly, in the country's political life and beyond.
The Brothers also exploited the abject poverty gripping the Egyptian nation to increase their popularity with feigned piousness.
Abandoned by their governments over the past 90 years (including the monarch era), poor Egyptian people basked in the MB's generosity and philanthropy.
Food was distributed in the holy 'fasting' month of Ramdan and blankets and bed sheets in the winter, cheap clothes during feasts, schoolbags for the new school year, and so on and so forth.
Thanks to its religious slogans and role in the January 25 revolution, the MB's popularity soared just hours after Mubarak was toppled.
Escorted by senior aides, the group's general guide Mohamed Badei led processions and mass rallies to celebrate its success and parade his 'victorious' troops.
When inspecting his troops (tens of thousands of MB members lined up to receive him), Badei was no less than a Muslim Caliph, who invaded a new fiefdom before incorporating it into his empire.
Over the past 90 years, the fundamentalist organisation had been nurturing the burning desire to seize power in Egypt and declare it the centre of a global Muslim Empire.
It is apparent that in that particular moment, the SCAF, which is ruling Egypt in the absence of an elected President, decided to exploit the ecstasy overwhelming the Muslim Brothers.
Abandoning Mubarak's foolish efforts to tame or coerce them, the SCAF planned a very cynical strategy.
Confident that the fatter the cow, the better the time for slaughtering the animal, the SCAF cut the group free and encouraged it to graze ravenously on Egypt's political pastures.
Due to its unquenchable appetite, the MB didn't allow others to graze nearby, nor did the hungry bull let small and weak animals eat even the tiniest blades of grass.
He only allowed the parasitic Salafists (die-hard Islamists) to scavenge and hunt through the rubble of political life in post-revolution Egypt.
Hearing the feeble bleat of weak animals, the SCAF apparently sharpened its big knife to slaughter the fat bull and offer him as a sacrifice so the revolution could survive.
The nation's empathy for the MB concerning its 80 years of suffering is no more. Nobody is prepared to sympathise with the Islamists if the SCAF kicks the hungry bull out for good, peacefully or otherwise.
Sitting in their jails, former President Hosni Mubarak and his close associates must be jumping with glee when hearing about the SCAF's unprecedented accomplishment to disgrace both the MB and parasitic Salafists in the public eye.
Like Sadat and Nasser, Mubarak implemented foolish policies to weaken the organisation and distance it from the nation.
Like his predecessors, Mubarak was suspicious of the MB's motives and ultimate goals.
He mobilised his security forces to silence the fundamentalist organisation; its leaders were jailed without trial for many years.
Their human rights were trampled into the ground by the heavy boots of the police, their property and money confiscated.
Copyright Eltahir House 2012
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