With the dropping of the charges against the former dictator Husni Mubarak for the killing of demonstrators in 2011, Egypt has gone a full circle around and its domination by the military dictatorship is back on track.
Any idea of accountability for his human rights abuses, suppression of opposition and corruption during his 30 years rule has evaporated. The sacrifice of almost a thousand unarmed civilians killed during the Arab Spring protests in 2011 has been all in vain.
The current dictator, Abdul Fattah el-Sisi has surrounded himself with Mubarak-era figures in his government as well as the judiciary and police and is strictly following in Mabarak’s footsteps.
After the Arab Spring of 2011, the free and fair elections brought Ikhwanul Muslimoon, the Muslim Brotherhood to form a democratic government in Egypt that would uphold human rights, democracy and rule of law. Its nominated candidate Dr Mohammad Mursi was elected in a fair and free election and set about to restore representative government in Egypt and bring those who had abused power during the last few decades to account for their actions.
Conspiracy or not, the powers that be did not want to see Egypt, the most populous Arab nation, to succeed in its democratic aspirations. This would be against the interests of Israel, the authoritarian regimes in the Middle East and possibly most of the Western powers. Hence the speedy removal of democratically elected government and take over by the Egyptian military.
It has become clear that generally Muslims want to live by Islam. They aspire for an Islamic state, elected representatives, rule of law based on a dynamic Shariah and a government that will ensure freedom, peace and harmony and dignity for all its citizens irrespective of religious, ethnic and cultural differences. Sometimes this aspiration is echoed as the establishment of Khilafah that would safeguard the safety, security and unity of the Muslim Ummah.
The Islamic movements in many Muslim countries including the Ikhwanul Muslimoon have been working peacefully in non-violent ways to put these aspirations into reality. But they have been oppressed and persecuted violently by the authoritarian regimes within their own countries and conveniently ignored by the West.
This has led to breakaway off-shoots of these Islamic movements as a direct result of oppression in their countries who have in many instances turned violent and extremist such as Al-Qaida and others.
Now the ISIL has usurped the right and legitimate concepts of Islamic State, Shariah, Khilafah and Jihad, distorted their understanding and have used it as emotional slogans to recruit naïve and young people for their narrow minded and brutal pursuits.
For the sake of global peace and harmony, the international community has to take a stand against injustice.
Egypt is one place to start from.