See end of this post for latest update 23 June 2013
Sometimes I wonder if I am one of the few sane people left on Planet Earth or if I am totally insane and simply under the illusion I am sane, intelligent and HUMANE. Maybe those who personally know me can help me with that particular question?
Several days ago President Morsi appointed Adel El-Khayat the new Governor of Luxor much to the astonishment of, not only the majority of Egyptians but indeed every individual with an interest in Egypt. Whether or not this man pulled a trigger, shot a tourist or not is entirely irrelevant. What kind of person he now is – irrelevant also. The mere fact that he belongs to a group who admitted responsibility for the massacre of tourists in 1997 at the Hatshepsut Temple in Luxor disqualifies him for this important and sensitive position. This is simple logic so now I have to question the motives behind this appointment – the mind boggles! This is too much of a conundrum for my Western mind so I have to leave that question aside.
The appointment is President Morsi’s responsibility.
Mr El-Khayat also bears a responsibility – the responsibility to refuse this position. Of course I am speaking of a moral responsibility here……………….. Can he possibly believe he is welcome to a public position in Luxor of all places on Earth? Seriously, who wants to go where he is not wanted? Does he want to “govern” Luxor? Luxor is clearly telling him it will not accept his rulership.
The acceptance of the appointment is the responsibility of Mr. Al-Khayat’s.
What is at stake here now? Tourism? Business? Egos? Power?
No, what is at stake here in Luxor now is human life.
Luxor and the people of Luxor have taken what has been thrown at them since the Jan 25 revolution and taken it quietly for the most part and with courage in the name of democracy. I count myself a citizen of Luxor now. I know the people personally standing guard in front of Luxor Temple. An old man cried today “If he enters I will die!” An old man barely able to walk without support. But an old man who remembers the tourists of 1997.
The world asks “Is it safe to go to Egypt?” Today the men of Luxor may die in the streets in front of the Governorate of Luxor fighting for your safety. Can anyone stand more firmly against the idea and ideals of terrorism and the safety of their visitors?
Luxor has had enough. Luxor cannot take any more. Our businessess have been destroyed. Our livelihoods are gone. This is as far as the people of Luxor will be pushed – either emotionally or physically. Today they came to the Governorate buildings to make a stand. They came prepared to die.
At the same time approx. 150 “bearded individuals” gathered, also armed – quite possibly with more than those at the Governorate, in front of Luxor Temple. Then they disappeared. To where? Rumour at the Govornorate had it that they were dispersed to gather more support and would return this evening. I asked around the area if people thought the police would intervene. The consensus was “No, the police will not interfere – they will let us kill each other to the last man.”
Whether it is today, tomorrow or the day after – should one person be injured or hurt from either side because of the appointment of Adel Al-Khayat to the Governorship of Luxor; the responsibility for the blood spilled will be on the hands of President Mohamed Morsi and Adel Al-Khayat. All for what? Please don’t say “for Allah”. The blood being spilled in Egypt now is in the pursuit of power by a group of people who for some unknown reason believe they are better than everyone else, more loved by Allah than anyone else, deserving to hold others in slavery and subjugation. What pride! What pompous Assholes!
I am not muslim but I know many stories of the Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) and his humility and love. I don’t find either in the actions of these people. I do find it among those lovely people fighting for democracy and decency in front of the Governorate of Luxor today. They are decent people, shopkeepers, bakers, carpenters, taxi drivers and the much maligned Calesh and Fellucca men – but when the chips are down they know right from wrong. When humanity counts they know where they stand.
President Morsi – in the name of decency withdraw the appointment of Al-Khayat from the Governorship of Luxor.
Adel Al-Khayat – in the name of decency refuse and resign from the appointment.
You are both playing for power without thought for the lives of either your supporters or those now against you – for men from both sides will surely die if you do not turn back.
Minister for Tourism – Hisham Zaazou, thank you for taking a stand!
22 June UPDATE Announcement today: newly appointed Luxor governor resigns after protests However, it now remains to be seen if his resignation is accepted – remember PM Qandil did not accept the resignation of the Minister for Tourism over this issue.
21 June UPDATE Adel Al-Khayat’s party made announcement today that he will resign and not take up the post of Governor of Luxor – however, Al-Khayat himself “says he will not resign”
20 June UPDATE See Comment from Mohamed Ahmed below….I also heard it from another person that new Governor, Adel Al-Khayat, came to Luxor then went to his hometown Sohag. Says he will not return until Luxor accepts his rulership. Morsi did not consult with local Islamists who do not agree also with the appointment!
In-s’Allah this is true!