Those who are not with us are against us

In the polarized and aggressive mood in the country, those voices are lost that do not want to engage in any form of oppression

In the heated political climate in Egypt these days, it is not easy to express an opinion without making it unmistakably clear in advance where one does not stand. Anyone who condemns the excessive violence of the military against the Muslim Brotherhood sit-in is quickly portrayed as an Islamist sympathizer. In the anti-Morsi camp, Morsi is often compared to Hitler, there are posters showing the two side by side, above the sentence: "Hitler was democratically elected. So what Morsi."

Image: Martin Hoffmann

Also in the camp of the Muslim Brotherhood one is not at a loss for dubious comparisons and accusations. After the attack of the army on the sit-in of the Islamists, a demonstrator says the agyptian army had shot ruthlessly around itself, how "the army of the Jews". A widespread accusation is that Christians in the country had encouraged the army to crack down on Brotherhood members. Interviews circulate on the net in which Islamists announce a campaign of revenge against their political opponents and Christians in the country.

versions: The enemies from outside and inside

The popular enemy image USA is served on both sides. Parts of Morsi’s entourage accuse the United States of failing to adequately defend Morsi’s democratic legitimacy and of joining with the "anti-democrats" of the countercamp and "the Zionists" to have conspired against the ex-president. This familiar conspiracy logic of the Islamists, however, did not stop their spokesmen from appealing to international organizations and the West to support the "Coup against legitimacy" not to allow.

Resentment against the United States, however, is even stronger among those millions who responded to General Al-Sisi’s call last Friday and celebrated the army (cf. Military coup, second phase?). President Obama gets a long beard on posters and is called a "Obama bin Laden" a supporter of international terrorism.

The U.S. is accused of cultivating too close contacts with the Islamists and, in its strategic interest, of demanding the Muslim Brotherhood as the most important political partner in the country-even after it became clear last November that the Muslim Brotherhood was more interested in concentrating power than in governing democratically.

This U.S. approach to the Islamists on the Nile, whose rise after the fall of Mubarak was seen by many as unstoppable, can hardly be dismissed and has been sufficiently documented by many journalists

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