Egypt Drifts Away from Democracy

Egypt has been plunged into confusion by the judicial coup mounted against the recently elected parliament, which was dissolved by a ruling of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court.

The Egyptian army undoubtedly acted behind the scenes, using the court as a sock puppet to limit the power of the Muslim Brotherhood, which dominated the parliamentary elections along with other Islamists.

Egypt’s difficult transition to democracy has now been set back to square one just ahead of the runoff elections for the presidency on Saturday and Sunday. The two candidates, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi and the Mubarak regime’s last prime minister, Ahmed Shafik, were the candidates who least embodied the idealistic democratic goals espoused by the young revolutionaries who led the initial phase of Egypt’s uprising.

The Muslim Brotherhood has warned that if Shafik wins, there will be a violent backlash. It is reportedly involved in backroom talks with the army over a power-sharing arrangement that would head off a political confrontation. But regardless of which candidate wins, the new president will enter office with undefined powers, no parliament, no constitution, and no clear path out of Egypt’s mounting political and economic crisis.

The Obama Administration has been quiet in recent days as it sorts out the confusing events in Cairo. But Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at a high school graduation in Virginia on the day of the judicial coup, presumptuously praised the “Arab Spring” as a “democratic movement that swept across the Middle East” and appeared oblivious to the events in Egypt as well as the bloody chaos in Libya, Syria, and Yemen.

The Obama Administration appears to have been caught off-guard and is once again scrambling to catch up to events in Egypt. The Administration’s weak reaction earlier this year to the persecution of U.S.-funded pro-democracy non-governmental organizations may have encouraged Egypt’s anti-democratic forces to conclude that they would pay a small price for hijacking Egypt’s democratic experiment.

Now Egypt appears headed for even greater political turbulence as it drifts further away from the democracy that Biden and others naively believed was inevitable.

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  1. At the beginning of the “Arab Spring” I commented that the 5000 year old Egyptian Civilization would not follow any Western indications to change their way of government, and that the Military would not let the Brotherhood to institute terror and the Shariah Law in the country. Also, the terrible murder of Muammar Gaddafi, and destruction of Libya, strenghtened the Egyptian, Syrian and other Arabian countrie´s resolve to avoid the Lybian example. Currently, Libya, once the Arabian nation enjoying the best Quality of Life, maybe in the whole world, is suffering persecutions, torture and poverty, under the OBAMA/NATO AlQuaeda/Islamist Brotherhood oppresive government. What has been gained for the people?
    What has the Obama´s style of government brought to the US, which can not pay the huge DEBT accrued by this illegal, Kenyan Citizen?

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  2. Instead of meddling in other countrie´s matters, the US should first fix its own and terrible domestic problems; joblessness, and, specifically, the unpayable indebtedness caused by the Obama crowd, which has been irresponsibly printing Paper Currency that has no backing. Anyone in doubt, take a little of your time and find out in the web, how Obama has increased indebtedness to a critical point; and is blaming George Bush for same. Obama Soetoro Bin Lyin´ has ruined the US Economy.

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  3. Obama is a Radical Muslim, member of the Islamist Brotherhood, and the current CIA Director was converted to Islam.

    The following list of Terrorists currently works direcctly as Obama´s assistants: Arif Alikhan – Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    Mohammed Elibiary – Homeland Security Adviser
    Rashad Hussain – Special Envoy to the (OIC) Organization of the Islamic Conference
    Salam al-Marayati – Obama Adviser – founder Muslim Public Affairs Council and its current Executive Director
    Imam Mohamed Magid – Obama’s Sharia Czar – Islamic Society of North America
    Eboo Patel – Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships. It is not clear how many of them and if, are American Citizen.

    and now: Same as in the case of the FORT HOOD assassin, the Muslim (born in th US of çArab parents) who shot around 50 un armed American Soldiers at FORT HOOD,

    John Brennan – CIA Director – American whom converted to religion Islam years ago while in Saudi Arabia. How can this be tolerated?

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  4. The Egyptian Armed Forces are keeping an eye on the Muslim Brotherhood government. They will not allow what happened in Libya, to be copied in their country.

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  5. Democracy in the Middle East is just another means of political change. It’s not any different than mob action, a coup or an invasion. It’s just a way that one government replaces another.

    Beyond all the obvious critiques of exporting democracy, the voting booth depends on a sense of law and order. It carries very little weight in lawless societies. In Egypt, mass protests really are as legitimate a means of political change as the ballot box. Probably better. It’s harder to rig rallies of millions of people than it is to fake millions of votes

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