Richard Falk: Egyptians supporting Sisi are Islamophobes, may even be thinking genocide

“The Orwellian features of the military takeover in Egypt have received attention, although the use of language to evade unwanted truth continues because incentives to do so persist. For this reason, Washington has remained unwilling to call what happened in Egypt on July 3rd as a coup, despite its unmistakable character…

“But less noticed, but at least as insidious, is resurgent Islamophobia on the part of the el-Sisi junta that runs the country with an unconcealed iron fist…It is hard to grasp this kind of extreme Islamophobia in a country that is itself overwhelmingly Muslim, and in which even its military leadership affirms its private adherence to Islam.

“Such an inner/outer confusion is more distressing even than the Orwellian manipulations of our feelings by Inversions of language: calling the peaceful demonstrator as ‘a terrorist’ and treating the terrorist acting on behalf of the state as a bastion of public order.

“Why? This inner/outer demonization of Islamists gives a sanctuary to the virus of genocide. We urgently need further insight into this disturbing discovery that the worst forms of Islamophobia seem currently emergent within the Muslim heartland.”

Now even Muslims can be Islamphobes! Read it at a site that calls itself Media With Conscience.

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