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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Morsi was Egypt’s only democratically elected president, serving from June 30, 2012 until the Obama regime orchestrated his ouster on July 3, 2013 — because he wasn’t subservient enough to US interests, wanting a ruler it controls.

His toppling was reminiscent of September 11, 1973 in Chile, replacing democratically elected Salvador Allende with despotic Augusto Pinochet rule.

Years of US-supported state terror and neoliberal harshness followed, the same thing going on in Egypt. 

The Obama regime installed General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to replace Morsi, Egypt’s Pinochet, governing by junta rule. A US War College graduate, he maintains close ties to the Pentagon.

His regime bears full responsibility for Morsi’s premature death at age-67. He collapsed and died in a regime-controlled Cairo rubber-stamp court following years of medical neglect and mistreatment under what human rights advocate Gamal Eid called “brutal prison conditions” — despite his history of diabetes, high blood pressure, liver and kidney disease.

His end of life was similar to how Serbia’s Slobodan Milosevic perished in March 2006. Framed for war crimes he didn’t commit by the Hague-based rubber-stamp ICTY (International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia) in deference to the Clinton regime, he was wrongfully prosecuted, convicted and imprisoned. 

Despite heart and other health problems, he was denied proper medical treatment. Days before his death, he wrote Russia’s Foreign Ministry, saying the ICTY wanted him dead. So did Washington and its key NATO partners. 

Proper medical care could have saved him. Posthumously, the ICTY exonerated him, proving charges against him were fabricated.

Morsi was falsely charged with murder, treason, espionage, and supporting terrorism, accused of collaborating with Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, and other Palestinian resistance groups.

In deference to Israel and Washington’s own interests, the State Department falsely designated them terrorist organizations. Both countries have been hostile to Iran since its 1979 revolution.

Guilt by accusation for Morsi was automatic. Coup d’etat rule replaced him. El-Sisi serves US imperial interests and his own, ruling by state terror, tolerating no opposition.

Last April by manipulated referendum, he empowered himself to rule unchallenged until 2030 — as long as he doesn’t run afoul of US interests and ends up like Morsi.

Turkey’s Erdogan called him a martyr. “May Allah rest our brother Morsi, our martyr’s soul in peace,” he said. 

London-based Muslim Brotherhood figure Mohammed Sudan called his death “premeditated murder,” explaining he was denied medical care, and information about his health was largely suppressed.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice party called Egyptian authorities responsible for his “deliberate slow death,” adding:

They “put him in solitary confinement…They withheld medication and gave him disgusting food…They did not give him the most basic human rights.” They wanted him dead and assured it by gross neglect.

Hamas issued a statement, praising Morsi for his solidarity with “the Palestinian cause.”

Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said “(d)uring  his tenure as president, Mr Morsi showed courage and moral fortitude in his attempt to lead Egypt away from decades of authoritarian rule…”

Last year after visiting him in prison, UK lawmakers said he was subjected to torture-like mistreatment, including denial of medical care.

US officials largely ignored his death. Asked about it during a Monday State Department press briefing, spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus dismissively said “we saw that the death was reported” — with no further comment.

El-Sisi rules by iron fisted brute force, tolerating no opposition. Human rights workers, truth-telling academics, union heads, independent journalists, and Muslim Brotherhood members are on his target list for elimination.

During the 2013 coup and aftermath, security forces killed hundreds. Tens of thousands were arrested. Many others disappeared. 

Egypt is a fascist dictatorship, el-Sisi’s brutal rule supported and encouraged by Washington.

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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.