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How global tyrants enable apparently perfect murders

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Reality check: Mohamed Morsi is dead. Dr Morsi, the first and only democratically-elected President of Egypt slumped over in court on Monday, and died a few minutes later in hospital. International reactions to his death have ranged from virulent anger and tepid, hypocritical condolences, to absolute, conspiratorial silence.

Naturally, Washington is mute. President Donald Trump could not care less about “one less terrorist”. In fact, not one single US official, even lowly, nameless aides, have said a word about Morsi’s death. The same goes for the European “defenders of democracy”, including Britain, France and Germany. They are lost for words, as they remember vividly the two-faced hypocritical roles that they played in Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s military coup, including the massacre of thousands of Morsi supporters and imprisoning of tens of thousands more. There are times when silent concurrence with tyranny is as loud — and guilty — as the shooting, killing and jailing. The Arab monarchs, especially those in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, are probably clinking their glasses together and backslapping each other in congratulations right now. The Morsi mandate has now died with him, and their man in Cairo, the Butcher-in-Chief Al-Sisi, can enjoy a Mubarak-length tenure as absolute ruler of Egypt.

There is, however, an important dimension to this painful loss of yet another icon of democracy in Africa: the manner in which the West helps to facilitate the murder of would-be emancipators across the continent and the Third World, usually in connivance with carefully selected despots who do their absolute bidding, at the cost of suppressing their own people. No better example is necessary during this rather painful period of mourning than that of Chief MKO Abiola, the winner of the 12 June, 1993 Nigerian presidential election. It is noteworthy that President Mohamed Morsi died just five days after........

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