US-Zionist-Muslim-Brotherhood conspiracy in Egypt?
Al-Ahram newspaper, which is viewed as loyal to the state, has published a report about what it calls ''the Zionist-American-Muslim-Brotherhood conspiracy'' against Egypt
In cognitive science, frames are mental constructs we think with. And the more a frame is used, the more its circuitry is strengthened and made more prominent. What is dangerous is that frames can create realities, and, in turn, constrain and direct our policies.
Al-Ahram newspaper, which is viewed as loyal to the state, appears to understand this. Importantly, in a recent issue, it published a report about what it calls ''the Zionist-American-Muslim-Brotherhood conspiracy'' against Egypt. More crucially, the newspaper has argued that ''America, Israel, and the Muslim Brotherhood have one goal in common: to demolish the Egyptian army and to balkanize the country.''
Furthermore, Al-Ahram claimed that Britain ''contributed to establishing the Muslim Brotherhood in the 1930s,'' and America, ''used Al-Qaeda in the 1980s …to stop the communist threat'.'
In another headline, Al-Ahram put the phrase ''American escalation'' ― which refers to the US response to the massacres committed by the police and the army against peaceful protesters on Wednesday ― next to that of '' a criminal plot to demolish the pillars of Egypt.'' This is not the first time that the newspaper has argued that there is ''an American conspiracy'' against Egypt and that America ''sponsors'' terror.
Repeating such a frame of thinking is dangerous, as it stresses that America (as well as the UK and Israel) is an enemy, and a supporter of terror, encouraging violence even against innocent people of the United States, and needless to say of the West as a whole. Furthermore, it hides the fact that, America, like many countries in the world, has been a victim of terror, and has waged war against Al-Qaeda in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It seems that, like all Egyptian newspapers, Al-Ahram adopts the one-track minded policy that says ''either you are with the government's policies, or you are a terrorist or in the company of terrorists.'' In other words, if you condemn the violence committed against pro-Mursi protesters― who, from the government perspective, are 'terrorists' ― you are an enemy of Egypt and collaborating to destroy the Egyptian army.
Another Egyptian newspaper, Al-Akhbar, has run a cartoon of the Egyptian vice president Mohammed El-Baradei -- who submitted his resignation this week following the military madness against civilians in Rabaa and El-Nahda Square -- stabbing a woman, who represents Egypt, in her back.
The analogy aims to highlight the idea that El-Baradei, the Noble Peace Prize laureate, is a traitor and killer. This image has been repeated by another cartoon in Al-Ahram, in which El-Baradei says, "I won't take the responsibility for a single drop of blood,'' while he sits on a chair that is sinking in blood. From this view, El-Baradei is a terrorist and a collaborator.
Is he really?
Finally, are you with what the Egyptian army and police think, want, and implement? It is better to say, "Yes''.
The writer is an Egyptian artist and a PhD student
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