LOS ANGELES, July 3, 2013 — The Arab Spring is not done yet. Millions of Egyptians took to the streets of Cairo, and their angry demands soon turned to jubilation. President Mohammed Morsi, elected only fourteen months earlier, was ousted in a military coup.
While military takeovers of democratically elected civilian governments normally bring trepidation, Egyptians see this coup as an overwhelmingly positive development. The Egyptian military is a venerable institution that is liked, trusted, and respected by the people. Morsi rode a wave of freedom in bringing down Hosni Mubarak, but quickly attempted to give himself dictatorial powers akin to Mubarak. The people rapidly turned on Morsi, and the military forced Morsi out.
What gives the Egyptian military additional credibility is their insistence that they do not want to rule Egypt. The head of Egypt’s Constitutional Court has been appointed as a temporary civilian caretaker. There will be new elections.
Despite Muslim Brotherhood threats to fight to the death for Islam, the coup was bloodless. People celebrated in the streets peacefully. Fireworks lit up the night sky as Tahrir Square looked as happy and proud as any Independence Day celebration in New York or Los Angeles.
Military takeovers are normally associated with the suppression of the people, but the situation in Egypt is exactly the opposite. The people spoke, and the military acted on behalf of the people against what had been seen as an oppressive government.
The message from Egypt is loud, clear, and universal. People were not put on earth to be enslaved. Freedom and liberty are gifts from almighty God, whether he be known as the God of the Hebrews, Christians, or Muslims. Radicals and revolutionaries can only supress people for so long. The human heart and mind gets a taste of freedom and rapidly understands the danger of ever letting it go. Egyptian Muslims do not want dictatorship, whether it come in the form of a secular strongman or a religious zealot. They want freedom.
We know this because we see it with our own eyes.
The road to democracy was messy for Americans in 1776, but the Founding Fathers had the will to persist during the toughest of times. The Egyptian people are just getting started, and there will be plenty of pain along the way.
Yet when Americans light those Roman Candles and consume uniquely continental cuisine, they can marvel that this story can take place anywhere people are willing to stand up and fight.
July 4th is Independence Day. Egypt will have a nine hour head start on America, thanks to a well trained militia and people who refuse to give up on their universal version of the American dream.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.
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