Exiled Egyptian statesman Mohammed el-Baradei served briefly as vice-president of Egypt after the popularly-backed military coup of 2013 by now president Abdel Fatah el-Sisi.
|El Baradei was Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IEAE) from 1997 to 2009. He was featured fairly often in the western press during the 2011 revolution that ousted Mubarak and the 2013 coup against elected president Morsi.|
“One of the lessons of the Arab Spring is that we need national unity, inclusion.... We need inclusion, just as in Tunisia. There the Islamists are in parliament. This is the only way. You can not demonise them for ever, as in Egypt today. Egypt has a very angry, polarised society. The Islamists will not dissolve into thin air. It is a big mistake to push the Muslim Brotherhood underground. One doesn’t need to be Einstein to understand this….those who want moderation must welcome the Islamists. Pushing them underground will only reap violence and extremism. This is one of the major lessons to be learned from the Arab Spring.”President El-Sisi is continuing to demonise the Brotherhood, with many in jail and many facing death sentences. Egypt is plagued by violence caused by extremists just as El-Baradei predicted.