For the moment at least, the dramatic ousting of President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood supporters appears to have demonstrated that the will of the people is genuine democracy rather than political Islam.
If true, the events in
Morsi came to power as
Admit it or not, the same situation currently exists in the
For the moment there are celebrations throughout
They finally gained control of their mother country last year, and they will not go quietly into the night.
According to many analysts, including former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, the most positive aspect of the coup against Morsi is that the Egyptian military took control and did it without bloodshed. The American president, by the way, in his inimitable Obama-speak style has refused to label Morsi’s ouster a “coup.”
For months, as the turmoil under Morsi has increased, many officials have suggested that the
If the experts are correct, and the information is accurate, then the news from
One thing about Mr. Obama. When it comes to Islamic support he will consistently straddle the fence or take the Islamic side. The Egyptian coup was no different, and that could be the tiny opening the Muslim Brotherhood is seeking, even in their now perceived position of weakness.
In a statement issued late Wednesday night from the White House, the president announced the United States is “monitoring the very fluid situation in Egypt, and we believe that ultimately the future of Egypt can only be determined by the Egyptian people.”
That statement is consistent with Obama’s policies in the past and was emphasized in mid-June by U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson. The tricky aspect of the proclamation however, is that the administration was referring to the will of the Egyptian people a year ago when we supported the movement that brought Morsi to power.
It was a later segment of Obama’s Wednesday comments that may have been precisely what the Muslim Brotherhood wanted to hear when he said, “Nevertheless, we are deeply concerned by the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to remove President Morsi and suspend the Egyptian constitution.”
The uprising is not over in
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