Sidi Ifni- MWN
Sidi Ifni- MWN
I strongly believe in the power of taking to the street to demand your rights, to restore your dignity and to reinstate your confiscated, dignified livelihood in your home.
I also believe in the power of evincing uncompromising empathy with the downtrodden, the impoverished and the ill-treated.
No one can deny that when we stand by each other, we grow indomitable and when we leave one another in the lurch, we grow powerless. Recently, some Moroccans called for and took part in a mass demonstration against the massacre and bloodbath inflicted by the Egyptian military on innocent Egyptians, particularly those who belong to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Like some other fellow Moroccans, I do not support this mass demonstration in my home country for several reasons. Given that the demonstration recently held in Morocco will not change the situation in Egypt, as it has not changed anything in Palestine, I feel that it is no use taking to the street, chanting slogans of support and sympathy, crying over the deaths and the injured, condemning the inhumanity of the Egyptian army, and then coming back home empty-handed and empty-headed. Here, what we direly need is to take action against the dictatorial Egyptian monsters. And since we cannot, it is better to seal our lips and show sincere support by our hearts than to make much ado about nothing and stay passive.
If you are being massacred, what help can you expect of people raising banners in another country and chanting, “no to the bloodbath; no to ‘slaughtering’ and killing; no to shooting innocent people dead; no to the unreasonably merciless Egyptian army.” We Moroccans are good at that, regrettably. Whenever something egregious befalls a Muslim country, we hasten to take to the street and condemn the injustices done.
Besides, the Moroccan government, along with the Interior Ministry, hasten to stand by us, open the streets for us to shout and chant, and sends us its high-ranking officials and ministers to join us and be with us along the way and in the same mission. What mission? The mission to condemn everything happening outside of Morocco, instead of inside the country? Here, think of our ‘beloved’ Syria, Egypt, Palestine, etc.
It is true that taking to the street, chanting slogans, raising banners, and condemning injustices of all kinds work miracles. They have usurped Arab dictators and will continue to topple others. Yet, this happens if you do all this in your home country. Who toppled Ben Ali? It was Tunisians. Who toppled Gaddafi? It was Libyans. Who toppled Mubarak? It was Egyptians. Through the mass demonstration in Morocco against the Egyptian army, I ask: Are we trying to live the Egyptians’ lives? Are we trying to bring the Egyptians their dignity while ours is on deathbed? Are we trying to tell the army chief Sisi that he was wrong, while we feign disinterest in those who are totally wrong in our home country?
Does Islam ask us to leave our Muslim neighbors living in indignity, in poverty and injustice and go to care for those Muslims living far from us? Yes, we must show sympathy, care, mercy and empathy. No one knows how heart-rending our hearts are for the slain Egyptians. But, taking to the street in Morocco, trying to defend Egyptians is an act of hypocrisy. Who is worthier of our care? Our fellow Moroccans or Egyptians?
Raping is not different from killing. They are all barbarous acts. Turning a blind eye to the raping phenomenon in our home country while taking to the street against the Egyptian army is undoubtedly sheer hypocrisy. We all still vividly remember the day some Moroccans called for a mass demonstration against the royal pardon. Who answered the call? Very few! What happened to the demonstrators condemning the pardoning of Daniel Galvan the rapist? They were beaten severely. By whom? By the government who joined the demonstrators against the Egyptian army.
Perhaps, we Muslims are so merciless to the extent that we care for other Muslims, while we forget our Muslim neighbors and fellow citizens. I believe that if each Muslim country separately revolted against its dictators, we would end up putting an end to them. But since we care about the dictators of other Muslim countries, we forget our dictators and we will never succeed in eradicating dictatorship.
Some say that it is a matter of death. Egyptians are being killed and it is an alarming event. Certainly, we must sincerely hope and pray that this bloodbath will stop overflowing. However, can a mass demonstration benefit the slain Egyptians? Can it exhort the Army chief to stop giving orders to the killers? Can this demonstration effect a change in a country that is not ours? Does it possess a magic wand to turn a violence-torn country into a peaceful one? The answer is undoubtedly no.
If we are really caring for our fellows, let us act against the daily injustices done in our home country, against the road accidents claiming 4000 lives each year, against pardoning criminals, against raping, against the soaring prices, against the growing unemployment rates, against poverty, against illiteracy, against corruption, against poor health centers against bureaucracy, and against all indignities befalling Morocco. Only when we alleviate these social problems can we succeed in bringing peace, stability, and love for our country before those of others. Otherwise, we will face what Egypt is facing today. We hope not.
I wish Egypt peace, stability and justice. I hope Egyptians will succeed to restore democracy, topple more dictators, build their country, procure their confiscated rights and live as dignified human beings do. I am looking forward to seeing Egyptians celebrating their success after shedding blood for their lands. I am shedding tears for Egypt and for every country seeking to bring about change. From the very depth of my heart, I am wishing the best of luck for every human being, no matter what their race, religion and color.
I am for humanity. Despite all this, I cannot support the mass demonstration against the merciless and monstrous Egyptian army. It is partly because I am Moroccan and Morocco is not Sweden, England, Finland, Germany, or Austria. The minute my home country is the role model for democracy in all its respects, I will begin to take to the street to protest on behalf of others. Enough is enough of the blind leading the blind. I am sorry I am now busy protesting on behalf of Moroccans, not Egyptians.
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