Sectarianism Encloses Mohamed Morsi’s Decision to Close Syrian Embassy

Syrian embassy in Cairo

Sectarianism could lead to ongoing revolutions in Egypt as the country moves to close its Syrian embassy in Cairo.

Egypt’s Islamist president announced Saturday that he was cutting off diplomatic relations with Syria and closing Damascus’ embassy in Cairo, decisions made amid growing calls from hard-line Sunni clerics in Egypt and elsewhere to launch a “holy war” against Syria’s embattled regime, reports ABC News. Sectarianism is at the front of this abrupt decision by Morsi.

To Egypt, Syria is nothing but a game piece in their strategy to set up Muslim Brotherhood type organization throughout all of the middle east. Al Jazeera states, Morsi also called on Lebanon’s Hezbollah armed group to leave Syria, where theĀ group has been fighting alongside troops loyal to embattled President Bashar al-Assad against the rebel forces.

Interesting enough, Morsi, who is staunchly against the upcoming June 30th protest against his presidency, is not against telling the Syrian government to cease acting in the same manner as the Egytian government has since taking power from Mubarak. He states, “We stand against Hezbollah in its aggression against the Syrian people,” Morsi said. “Hezbollah must leave Syria – these are serious words. There is no space or place for Hezbollah in Syria.

Morsi’s address, particularly his call on Hezbollah to leave Syria, and the fiery rhetoric used by well-known Muslim clerics this weekend point to the increasing perception of the Syrian conflict as sectarian. At least 93,000 people have been killed since turmoil there began more than two years ago.

The move by the Egyptian president to close the Syrian embassy was a move that he hopes will take the attention off his failed policies and redirect the anger somewhere else.Morsi’s government is widely thought to have failed to tackle any of the seemingly endless problems facing the country, from power cuts and surging crime to unemployment, steep price rises and fuel shortages. The declared aim of the June 30 protests is to force Morsi out and hold early presidential elections.

“Some who are delusionary want to pounce on the January revolution and think that they can undermine the stability that is growing daily or undermine the resolve that people have clearly forged with their will,” Morsi stated.

Morsi has been okay with accepting pseudo protest from his own party, but not others. Spearheading the opposition to Morsi’s rule now is a youth protest movement called Tamarod, or rebel, which claims to have collected millions of signatures of Egyptians who want Morsi to step down. Organizers say they aim to collect the signatures of more people than those who voted for Morsi in the June 2012 election.Some of the hard-line clerics who support Morsi have branded Tamarod activists as infidels or heretics and sought to frame their movement as an act against Islam, according to ABC News.

The rally that Morsi addressed on Saturday was called for by hardline Islamists loyal to the Egyptian president to show solidarity with the people of Syria.

The Egyptian government so far has tried hard to turn the political conflict into a religious one.Before he spoke, one hardline cleric, Mohammed Abdel-Maqsoud, recited an often repeated Muslim prayer against the “enemies” of God and Islam but used it to refer to the June 30 protesters, reports ABC News.

Beseeching other nations to help Egypt’s lost cause, the nation has opened the debate up with international pressure.The Egyptian president also called on the international community to implement a no-fly zone over Syria, where the UN says that more than 93,000 people have been killed since a popular uprising escalated into civil war more than two years ago.

Egypt closed the Syria embassy as a move to cover Egyptian citizens from the sectarian uprisings happening elsewhere outside of Egypt. The Egyptian President is afraid that popular another popular movement, the same kind that placed him in power, will also dislodge him from his post of power, along with his muslim brotherhood.

By: Cedric Hines

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