Last Friday, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah visited Cairo to welcome Egypt's new president Abdel Fattah el-Sissi. It was awkward – but you know what they say – the one who pays the piper gets to call the tune. "Father and son" photos of King Abdullah and Sissi were telling with the father congratulating his son for his success while the son thanked his father for his generous support. A day later, a court in Minya confirmed 183 of the 683 provisional death sentences. It was laughable that the judge sentenced 683 people to death in an eight-minute trial in April … but there it was. The court was deadly serious. Then on Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Egypt and voiced strong support for the new president. Kerry, who defined the coup as "restoring democracy" heralded the release of $575 million of U.S. military aid and promised the delivery of 10 Apache helicopters.
So, all was well for Egypt. The financiers are still backing Egypt. Military aid is on the way. And the "terrorists" are getting what they deserve. But then something very bad happened.
On Monday, three Al Jazeera journalists were convicted of aiding the "terrorist" Muslim Brotherhood. The ruling outraged secular Egyptians who supported the coup. This was unacceptable. I mean, the court's verdict was very becoming to the current justice mockery in Egypt but jailing journalists? Seriously? It is just so non-Western. There is no place for jailing journalists in the West so how can secular Egyptians stand for it?
Excuse my sarcasm but this is what I see when I look at Egyptian seculars. Is it approvable by the West? Clap enthusiastically. Is it condemnable by the West? Outcry or at least cry. They are "copycat" democrats. Killing thousands of people in the streets? Jailing tens of thousands for protesting the coup? The West does nothing serious, rather only "condemning" – so they condemn. Supporting a coup backed by Saudi Arabia (ruled under Shariah) as a secularist? The West conducts "business" with Saudis all the time, so it's OK. But jailing journalists? They can't tolerate this, of course. Not because it is against democratic principles, but because it is against Western standards.
I can't forget celebrations, fireworks and laser shows in Tahrir Square organized to convince the world what happened was not a coup but a revolution. I also cannot forget the images of burned bodies in Rabaa Square, the hundreds of dead shot by snipers, and secular Egyptians' silence. I can't forget their justifications for listing an organization that has millions of supporters as a terrorist organization just because they do not like them. Weren't they the ones who want us to believe that they had a right to topple a democratically elected president since they claimed they collected signatures?
I don't know why they don't go to Tahrir Square and protest or collect signatures again to overthrow Sissi. Is it because it was a coup and snipers would kill them just as they did the "anti-coup" protestors? Maybe they will go into politics and beat Sissi at the ballot box. Is this an option, or is he a dictator who won't allow them to do so? So life was just a bowl of cherries when the "others" were slaughtered, but Egypt is now a hell. Will they ever accept that they paved the way for the coup? Do they not have the courage to protest the new government under the shadow of its weapons? Not even half of the Muslim Brotherhood? Or can they no longer get any Western support for "real" protests for a "real" democracy? So tell me, how can we have any respect or feel sorry in light of these perceived hypocrisies?