Sunday, July 7, 2013

Post-Morsi Egyptian Dictatorship, Nothing's New

Chalk up the latest news in Egypt as another Obama/American bad call.  Obama is playing checkers while the big world is playing chess, same board but different pieces and rules.  You can take chess pieces, just look at the colors and play them red versus black with checker rules, but that's not chess.
"A year and a half later, riots erupted all over Egypt, resulting in Mubarak's ouster. Obama sat on the sidelines as Mubarak was imprisoned. He praised Egypt's "Facebook Revolutionaries" and hailed its "democratic elections" — the ones that gave the Muslim Brotherhood an overwhelming parliamentary majority and its party chief, Mohammed Morsi, the presidency.
But this week, the people of Egypt took to the streets to protest Morsi's year in office. This is more due to the poor economy than to other factors, such as the curbing of freedom and civil rights. We know this because Morsi is now being treated to the same kind of abuse that was heaped on Mubarak, and only anti-Morsi media outlets are being allowed to operate in Egypt.
Obama must have been stunned when he saw all the anti-American banners being waved in Tahrir Square, most of which attacked him personally as a "fascist" and a "terrorist.""  Ruthie Blum
Egyptian "democracy" isn't via the ballot box; it's on the streets and in the "backrooms." If you follow history, you'll see that the people there vote with their fists.  And now there's a new dictatorship, the only type of rule that seems to work in Egypt.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The latest chapter in the Egyptian Revolution is being celebrated by many as another victory for democracy and freedom. However, it is nothing more than a return to the military dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak. Egypt's troubles may only be beginning. The Egyptian army's announcement of an ultimatum "to heed the will of the people" in retrospect said it all. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the Minister of Defense appointed by the democratically-elected president he was about to ouster, talked about "the will of the people" in the typical manner of dictators, as if the people were united. In fact, the people were deeply divided between an opposition that wanted President Mohamed Morsi's head and his supporters who believed that the first president in Egypt's history to be elected in free elections should be allowed to remain for the full four years in office, as stipulated by the constitution. (Israel Resource Review full article)
The question is how long this dictator will last. Remember that nobody expected any of the long-lasting dictators to succeed.  Things haven't yet calmed down in Egypt; there are still riots and fighting between the new dictator's supporters and Morsi's.
Khalil Hamra/Associated Press
Supporters of Mohamed Morsi, the ousted Egyptian president, carried a man shot on Friday in Cairo after troops opened fire
Caroline Glick sums it up perfectly:
There are only three things that are knowable about the future of Egypt. First it will be poor. Egypt is a failed state. It cannot feed its people. It has failed to educate its people. It has no private sector to speak of. It has no foreign investment.
Second, Egypt will be politically unstable...
Finally, given the utter irrelevance of liberal democratic forces in Egypt today, it is clear enough that whoever is able to rise to power in the coming years will be anti-American, anti- Israel and anti-democratic, (in the liberal democratic sense of the word). They might be nicer to the Copts than the Muslim Brotherhood has been. But they won't be more pro-Western.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Today is rosh chodesh av.
i pray she will be healed and not suffer.

DEBKAfile July 8, 2013, 5:00 AM (GMT+02:00)
Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of Secretary of State John Kerry, became ill with a serious medical condition during a vacation on Nantucket on Sunday and was flown to a hospital in Boston for emergency treatment, the State Department said.
Mrs. Heinz Kerry, 74, grew sick while staying at the family’s vacation home on the Massachusetts island and was in critical condition..