Muslim Brotherhood Statement on Unprovoked Aggression Against Rafah Border-Guards
Since the Egyptian people erupted in their glorious January 25 revolution, many ‘special interests’ were threatened, private calculations were upset, and dubious equations were disrupted on all levels, all around.
This brought together many forces, at home and abroad, against the revolution, united in an increasingly desperate and relentless war seeking to abort the revolution and halt the march to true democracy, away from despotism and repression.
The more obstacles the revolution overcame, the more intensified those powers’ aggression and the ferocity of their attacks. Now, after the people successfully elected their President, who promptly formed his government, getting set to solve the people’s long-standing problems and to launch the country into vast horizons of rejuvenation, progress and prosperity, we find certain individuals and groups inciting vandalism, violence and wanton destruction, creating crises, deliberately provoking hatred, chaos and mayhem, in order to thwart the reform project adopted by the President and his new government.
This is bound to make Egyptian people’s life more difficult and cause immense damage to the whole country. It is hard to imagine any national goal, religious principle or democratic value behind such reckless behavior.
Yesterday, a group of criminals and terrorists attacked an Egyptian security checkpoint in Rafah, killing nearly twenty of our brothers, our sons, and stole one car and one truck, and tried to crash their way into Israel.
Immediately, Israeli media linked these attackers to the people of Gaza. Nevertheless, this ‘operation’, at this particular time, aims to achieve several goals:
• Create a major border problem for Egypt in its current critical circumstances, to be added to the many internal problems plaguing the homeland after the collapse of a corrupt system that subverted the country’s interests for decades.
• Endeavor to prove the failure of the new Egyptian government, formed just three days ago.
• Attempt to disrupt the new President’s reform project.
• Drive a wedge between the Egyptian administration and the Egyptian people on the one hand, and between the Palestinian government and the people of Gaza on the other.
Evidently, this crime may well be the work of Israel’s Mossad, which has sought to abort the revolution ever since its launch, and which issued instructions to Israeli citizens in Sinai to leave immediately, just days ago. It is clearly noticeable that every time a warning like this is issued, a terrorist incident takes place in the Sinai.
This crime also draws our attention to the fact that our forces in the Sinai lack the personnel and the equipment to protect the region or guard our borders, which makes it imperative to review the terms of our accords with Israel.
In conclusion, we urge the Egyptian people to face up to domestic forces of sabotage and subversion, beware of their sinister calls for strife and sedition, to rally around the President and the government, to work diligently and faithfully, show wisdom, prudence and patience, and work within the framework of high morals and values of civilized society.
Finally, we extend our most sincere condolences to the families of the martyrs and the entire Egyptian people, and call upon the authorities to quickly investigate and prosecute the perpetrators and all those responsible for this heinous crime.
The Muslim Brotherhood
Cairo: Monday, August 6, 2012