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Clueless Morsi

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Jul 26, 2013 at 07:43

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Morsi i however s as dour as they get, together with all bunch of morshids at the helm of Ikhwan. Morsi reminds me of babbling Gorbachev, when he lost control of Soviet Union. All pretty dour and boring bunch. No wonder they lost.

For once we agree. Morsi is stupid. What is most interesting is that he could have done a few things to improve his image but he was no more than a blithering idiot and this is what he should have done

1. Egypt had very colorful leaders in the past 60 years, King Farouk, Nasser, Sadat and Mobarak. You can hate them and you can like them but no one can deny that they were very colorful characters. Morsi was boring and bland

2. Morsi used this fake modern classical Arabic when almost 50% of Egyptians are illiterate now compare this with Gamal Abd el-Nasser who always used Egyptian Arabic a language that the Egyptian masses speak, understand and appreciate. I suspect that if he would have used Egyptian Arabic he would have been more popular than he was and remember that the medium of the message is just as important as the message

3. Egyptians love a good joke and every Egyptian that I have met is a wannabe comedian. Morsi was very serious as if he was on the phone with Allah and he put Allah on hold so he can deliver his speech. So a joke in a speech would have gone a long way

4. He was a poor politician. He seemed to disappear when most needed as during the attack on the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo or the attack on al-Azhar or the murder of the Shi3a in Cairo. All he needed to do was to tell everyone that those that committed those attacks will be arrested and prosecuted and that the Shi3a and the Copts are a very important part of Egypt and he should have met with the Coptic pope and have a working relationship with him (Nasser did that) and he should have done the same with the Shi3a community in Egypt. I can assure you that he would have had the support of both the Copts and the Shi3a and if he would have declared that the attacks by his followers on the Sufi shrines as being unaccepted this would have been a way to get the support of the large Sufi community in Egypt

5. He also should have rejected akhwanat masr and declared that all Egyptians are equal and that jobs belong to everyone and that being qualified for a job and not membership in el-ikhwan that would be the way to get such job

6. He was very pre-occupied with what people were saying about him as in the case of the rumor that he is gay or when Bassem Yousef made fun of him and this ridiculous hat that he was wearing in Pakistan or the videos of him touching himself during his meeting with the PM of Australia. All he needed to do was just disregard all of this and realize that this is part of such job but he proved to the whole world that he was an insecure and vindictive fool

7. He should have taken on a cause for example the murder of Khaled Said the young man who was killed in Alexnadria by the police and his murder sparked the Jan 25 revolution this would have given him high marks among his biggest enemies the young liberals and seculars instead of his followers calling them kuffar wa 3ilmaniyeen or unbelievers and seculars and as if being a secular is an insult

But again he was stupid and to be in charge of Egypt was beyond him. The truth is Egypt was too big for him

As for el-Ikhwan many Egyptians call them el-ikhwan el-mugrimeen or the criminal (also terrorist) Ikhwan and I very much agree

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