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Brotherhood argues Western response to Ukraine violence is 'double standard'

Muslim Brotherhood slam US, EU and UN for taking action against Ukrainian government while not taking a firm stance against what it claims are similar violations in Egypt

Ahram Online, Friday 21 Feb 2014
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The Muslim Brotherhood released a statement on Friday condemning what they described as "Western powers’ double standards," comparing the West’s response to ongoing violence in Ukraine with its take on last summer’s ouster of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.

"Western politicians and human rights organisations, even the United Nations, sprang into action, with the White House in Washington warning the Ukraine army not to get involved in the conflict that must be resolved among civilians, threatening to impose sanctions on the Ukrainian government. The European Union, too, threatened sanctions,” the statement read.  

The statement contrasted these actions, which are in response to “the principles of human rights” with Western powers position on Egypt “where murderous military generals executed a bloody traitorous coup against democratic and constitutional legitimacy,” referring to the ouster of Morsi in July 2013.  

The statement, released in English, criticised Western politicians for failing to take action against the Egyptian authorities.

"While the criminal brutality in Ukraine is certainly reprehensible, it is nothing compared with the coup regime's repressive crimes in Egypt. However, we never see any Western politicians do anything but pay only feeble lip service condemning those crimes, while practically affirming partnership with the illegitimate coup regime, providing it with all support to enable it to survive the crisis and get stronger."

Ukraine has been witnessing ongoing anti-government protests for months. The latest clashes between protesters and security forces left dozens dead.  

On Thursday, the European Union agreed to impose a travel ban and asset freeze on Ukrainians with "blood on their hands", said Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino. The United States stepped up pressure by imposing travel bans on 20 senior Ukrainian officials.

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Farhan
22-02-2014 01:28pm
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Sissy is real terrorist who has killed thousands of innocent women and children
Brotherhood had killed no body, even the real terrorists in Egypt are not killing innocent civilians, they are mostly targeting military and police.
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Aladdin, Egypt
22-02-2014 06:41pm
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USA Agent
Why you want Mr. Morsi back? He did excellent job in busting the criminal organization of BH. LOL
Tahya masr
22-02-2014 03:36pm
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Brain washed
Wow you guys are really brain washed sheep. The MB is a terrorist group. The groups I out of Sinia are the same group MB is the so called political face and other groups are the so called military branch(terrorist) you cowards are making excuses for them. They only target military and police what?????? Really ??? How about the tourists???? That they have been targeting since the 90's wake up stop being a sheep. The MB have nothing to do with Islam . Sisi is a true Muslim a man of god that's why the brotherhood choose to begin with. They mistakenly thought that if he was a good Muslim and he is , he would follow their warped ideology. Alhamdulah he was a true Muslim and realized what they were peddling had nothing to do with Islam . Tahya mast god help Elsisi protect Egypt from the evil cowardly terrorist that soil the name of our great deen
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MOHAMMED ZIZO
22-02-2014 11:55am
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TERRORISTIC ORGANIZATION
to terrorist organization or as called before brotherhood we can't tolerate you anymore we can't trust you . SAVE YOUR FACE OR ALITTLE DIGNITY LEFT AND STEP DOWN FROM POLITICAL LIFE AND RATHER FROM THE EXISTENCE
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Jerry
22-02-2014 07:43am
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With the help of the sword, not democracy!
The official logo of the Muslim Brotherhood says it all - the Muslim Brotherhood ideology in a Nutshell! They don't do thinks without the help of the sword!
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Jerry
22-02-2014 07:25am
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Lessons for Ahmed.
Egyptian revolutionaries used terror in order to stay in power. Remember only the arrogance of the Moslem Brotherhood is what created the events in Egypt. I am not Pro-Mubarak, stil the Moslem Brotherhood 'revolutionaries' ARE terrorists. Torturers are tortures, whether in Egypt, Ukraine or any other place.
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Ahmed
22-02-2014 05:16pm
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Lessons for Jerry
Didn't look like my reply went through, so here is the quick version. You claim that Egyptian revolutionaries resorted to terrorism but there is no evidence at all that they used a campaign of terror to depose the Mubarak dictatorship in 2011. That dictatorship did employ terorrism against the protesters, however. If you are claiming that I am worried about defending the Brotherhood or Morsi, you are mistaken. I specifically am defending the overall Egyptian revolution. And yes, torturers are terrorists. Both Ukrainian and Egyptian authorities have experience in that area, in the case of Egypt, even now. Anti-democratic forces in Ukraine wanted to use a protest law to suppress protesters but it failed. Portraying all dissent as terrorism failed.
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Masry
22-02-2014 04:52am
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WHAT
30 million Egyptians hit the streets demanding an end to the MB regime. Rather than heed the people the comically arrogant MB refused any concessions no early election like the Ukraine leader has agreed to. Instead they threaten the military that they will burn Egypt if the military heed the people and remove this dark spot in our history the comical disastrous year of MB rule. And when the military god bless them inchalah for obeying the Egyptian people and removing Morsy and his leaders from power they did what they threatened they burned Egypt ....... The MB is a terrorist group and now the world knows it. People who say we are not with the brotherhood but we are against the coup are lying MB sheep hypocrites ...... God bless Egypt and her people and military
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Masry
22-02-2014 03:46pm
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Oh I forgot
Oh sorry I forgot it was only 500,000 and the rest was just photo shopped isn't that what your masters have told you sheep????? Over 30 million voted despite boycotts despite threats of being killed despite bombing that morning and the night before by your masters still more people came out to vote than came out to vote for your masters forced referendum
Farhan
22-02-2014 01:36pm
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Why no 30 millions appeared during referendum vote ?
Because there were no 30 millions.
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Tyshil
22-02-2014 01:26am
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Anti-protest law
Anti-protest laws end up failing and backfiring. Ukraine's anti-protest law has been ground into dust. Not that it was ever worth anything more anyway. The anti-protest law was one of many ways that the Ukrainian protest shot himself in the foot. Other leaders in various countries are making similar mistakes.
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Albert
21-02-2014 09:27pm
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The difference is the terroristic hood
Yanukovych did not state that unless he gets his way, Ukraine would be destroyed through fire and blood in the streets. Morsi the terrorist did.
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James
22-02-2014 05:03pm
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Yanukoych tried to used force repeatedly
Actually, Albert, Yanukovych pretty much did say that he would burn Ukraine and all of his attempted uses of force point toward that being his intention. Even after being toppled he is being obstinate and defiant. He inevitably will have to cave in though. Yanukovych's MOI had commonalities with Egypt's MOI. All Egyptian governments have allowed or failed to stop their MOIs from employing terrorism.
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Dostour
21-02-2014 08:40pm
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Bag Holder
Putin obviously miscalculated his options and influence in Ukraine. He thought that he could poison the reputation of the protesters there but the world did not turn against them. The Ukrainian parliament undercut the president's room for maneuver as well but prohibiting unilateral police violence and executive declared states of emergency. Now Putin is left holding the bag, as Ukraine won't be joining the Eurasian Customs Union.
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Words of Wisdom
21-02-2014 06:22pm
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illegitimate argument
BIG difference MB fail to see that Ukraine's President called for early elections, which is exactly what Morsi should have said in his last speech, or for a referendum instead of remaining defiant! Now they blame everyone but themselves for the violence and coup. All the violence could have been avoided if they had called for early elections. It is too easy to point the finger at someone else !
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TH
21-02-2014 05:45pm
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Facts please....
The West did indeed try to resolve the issues in Ukraine by putting pressure on the leadership to meet the demands of the people. As a reminder, they did the same with Morsi and the MB, asking them to ne more inclusive and to respect democracy by not unilaterally changing constitution and assuming powers that put Morsi beyond accountability. The difference is that the Moslem Brotherhood did not listen and refused to compromise, which led to the Army making the change, thankfully. In Ukraine, President Viktor Yanukovych accepted the intervention and immediately agreed to early elections. Had Morsi agreed to early elections as the people demanded, things may have been different. The ARROGANCE of the Moslem Brotherhood is what created the events in Egypt. It was not a military coup, but a legitimate Army coming to the aide of its people against a government that no longer had credibility and support.
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Zeina
21-02-2014 06:27pm
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Agree but
I agree with you TH. But also we saw 25 jan 2011 the same arrogance. No compromise or too little.
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