Army respected will of the Egyptian people

It is with great dismay that I read the rhetoric propagated by Western media over the events in Egypt. The truth according to many Egyptians is different.

During the second round of the Egyptian presidential elections, millions of Egyptians found themselves between a rock and a hard place: vote for Ahmed Shafik, a key figure in Hosni Mubarak’s regime, or Mohammed Morsi, a leader in the Muslim Brotherhood. The decision was tough but in addition to the 5 million who voted for Morsi, 6 million decided to give him a chance just to avoid bringing back the old regime.

Morsi promised the people an inclusive government, equal rights to minorities and upholding of the Jan. 25 demands: Freedom, dignity and social justice. Unfortunately, after a year in power, Morsi failed to achieve all of his promises and his rhetoric was calling for a civil war.

Realizing that we do not have a Parliament that would motion for a show of no confidence in the president, a group of young people came up with the Tamarod (Rebel) idea. They started collecting signatures from eligible voters asking the president to step down. In two months, Tamarod collected 22 million signatures, double the number of those who voted for him, clearly reflecting the dissatisfaction of the people with Morsi’s performance.

On June 30, the protesters took to the streets demanding he step down in one of the largest political events in world history. They asked the army to protect them and comply with the people’s will. The Muslim Brotherhood and their Jihadists affiliates had militias and the army was the only organization that had the means to protect the people.

Portraying the second wave of the Egyptian revolution as a military coup is a travesty. The army respected the will of the Egyptian people!

Rehab (Rubie) Ghazal

Taher International Fellow

Ph.D. candidate, UB