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How Egyptians struggle with dignity and identity | Modern Diplomacy

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Mohammed Nosseir was stunned when a friend on Facebook questioned whether Saddam Hussein was a criminal or a hero.

He was even more shocked to discover that the vast majority of my friend’s friends and family claimed that Saddam was a hero, providing ludicrous justifications for this assertion. Mohammed Nosseir is a Cairo-based liberal politician from Egypt who supports economic freedom, liberal principles, and political involvement. Human Rights Watch has reported that Saddam Hussein was responsible for the deaths of at least 250,000 Iraqi people. The tale of Saddam represents Egyptians’ kinship with identity and dignity. For Egyptians, having a sense of group identity helps them to defend their deplorable behavior. Dignity is not merely a matter of honor. The majority of Egyptians, however, view violence as a moral vice. Regularly, husbands show off their strength to their spouses, and parents beat their kids to reprimand them. Street fighting is a frequent occurrence, particularly in impoverished areas, and the security apparatus may torture detainees to extract confessions. The state’s iron-grip authority over society and political Islamists’ threat of various punishments against their supporters if they refuse to perform Islamic rituals are the most notable examples of this. Geographically speaking, Egypt is in Africa, yet they are not black Africans.Ironically, many Egyptians find pride in historical past, which has nothing to do with their wretched current situation.The youth of Egypt, who spontaneously chanted for bread, freedom, and dignity in their uprising in January 2011, are frequently accused of betraying their country by advocating for Western values. Source:https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2022/11/20/how-egyptians-struggle-with-dignity-and-identity/ 

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