Egypt – back to square one?
Posted on July 5th, 2013

Michelle Alexander

Egypt was the ground for yet another revolution, this time leading to a military coup and ouster or for President Morsi. The question arises as to whether this will be good or bad for Egypt.

  • The coup was a blow to democracy in Egypt, where Mr. Morsi was chosen by elections to lead the country. Some believe that his exit should have been decided by the vote.
  • The military coup sets a dangerous precedent, since the army can more or less remove a President they don’t like.
  • Hours after the ouster the Egyptian military suspended the constitution.
  • Due to his connections with the Muslim Brotherhood, Mr. Morsi was implementing Sharia law, which was not what many wanted.  Only time will tell if the Military and future government will revert to more secular laws.
  • The coup could lead to civil war breaking out between Pro-Morsi / Anti-Morsi factions, considering Mr. Morsi’s links to the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • Any future government will have a daunting task ahead of them, such as finding a balance between secular and religious laws without impeding on basic rights and freedoms, and reducing the high levels of unemployment in Egypt

What is rather befuddling is the USA’s involvement in this matter. It is believed that American troops were sent to Egypt to prop-up Mr. Morsi’s government. .. a government with links to hard-line groups. Egyptian military spokesman Ahmed Ali refuted these reports, stating that the presence of  American troops will be nothing more than part of “the periodical renewal routine for the US faction of the 13-state multinational force deployed in Sinai since the peace treaty.” It was also reported that in May 2013, US$ 1.3 billion in military aid was released to Egypt, despite concerns over democratic progress by the country’s new government. Are these things being done for the sake of regional interests and maintaining access to the Suez Canal and the Egypt/Israel peace treaty?

Only time will tell if the intervention by the Egyptian Military in the ouster of President Morsi was a good thing, for all involved.

 

One Response to “Egypt – back to square one?”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    ANYTHING that reduces the number of “the religion of peace” followers is a GOOD thing.

    Now HAMAS and other SUNNI terrorists are coming back to Egypt to SAVE their beloved MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD!!

    That is a HUGE advantage for Syria!! Now Syrian spies should KILL top Sunni leaders. That will lead to a Sunni-Sunni fight killing possibly millions. At least Israel must plan an carryout such an attack. What a GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY to hammer HAMAS mercilessly!!

    Democracy and Islam NEVER mix. One is against the other.

    Egypt has the LARGEST Arabic population in the world and the LARGEST Muslim population in the middle east.

    Violence in Egypt is MOST WELCOMED. :))

    Bodu Bala Sena should collect money to buy coffins for Egypt.

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