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AUC New Cairo Campus: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy

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The Supreme Council of Armed Forces, Egypt’s de-facto ruling body, is not about to go. Not just yet. Soon maybe, for SCAF is in its most vulnerable state ever since it assumed power last year, but as the cliché goes: nothing is more dangerous than a cornered general.

And in its desperate hour the military council resorts to all sorts of cheap mind tricks to divert attention away from it. Away from the fact that it is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Egyptians, the latest batch meeting their end in Port Said less than a fortnight ago, away from the thousands injured in peaceful protests turned deadly street battles, from over 16,000 imprisoned as a result of unfair military trials, a large number of which on trumped up charges for daring to oppose their khaki-sporting overlords.

The latest of the cheap mind tricks seems to be not-so-subtly accusing The American University in Cairo of following in the footsteps of such esteemed players like Israel, Hamas, Qatar, Al Jazeera, Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood (oh how the times have changed) and Hezbollah in trying to destabilize Egypt, bring its state down, invade it, burn it, split it into four or five mini-states, etc. etc. etc.

The tale this time is that AUC is at the center of an American plot to bring about “the destruction of Egypt by Egyptian hands”. This revelation comes to us in the form of one of SCAF’s famous Facebook statement (most professional militaries have Facebook accounts, right?) only this time SCAF used their backup account, “The Administrator of the SCAF’s Official Facebook Page”- quite the mouthful – the one they use when accusing people of things for which they have no evidence (see: April 6 Youth Movement, NGOs, Wafd’s weekly newspaper).

According to the admin page, which technically is an unofficial page except for the fact that the official SCAF page “likes” it on Facebook, AUC is one of the invisible “arms” (it seems the “hands” have evolved, it has been a year, after all) of the United States administration’s plot that eventually leads to the invasion of Egypt in 2015.

This begs several questions: why would the Americans plan to invade one of their key strategic allies in the middle east, integral to Israel’s survival, a role Egypt plays against the wishes of the vast majority of the population, thanks – in no small part – to SCAF itself?

If SCAF has uncovered an American plot, why is Crown Prince Lieutenant General Sami Anan gladly meeting with U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, the top U.S. military official, i.e. the man supposedly planning Egypt’s invasion according to the narrative?

That is because “the American invasion” subplot is only for local consumption. Accuse foreign-funded NGOs and a university with “American” in its name, even though it has no official links to the U.S. government beyond receiving USAID, which SCAF receives the lion share of ($1.3 billion), at home to prey on the people’s nationalist feelings and divert attention from your corrupt rule and failed administration while still receiving U.S. officials in order to maintain your best friend and sugar daddy. Good plan, except for the fact that some Egyptians can read English and some Americans can read Arabic. SCAF can be forgiven for this small oversight though, who knew?

Why is SCAF picking on a small college with a student population of 7,000 – of which a majority cannot get through their first class without their Latte (I prefer Mocha) – for doing the same thing virtually every student union in the country has announced doing? How is showing documentaries and holding lectures aiding in an invasion plot exactly? It’s not like the general strike is exactly working here anyway.

SCAF’s days are numbered, it’s panicking and it’s backed in a corner. That means the revolution is still going at full force, but also means it faces grave danger.

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Written by Ahmed Aboulenein

February 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Posted in AUC, Egypt, Opinion

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