Is the Reaction to the Islamist Power Grab in Egypt a Sign of Things to Come?

Rick Moran explores the recent power grab by Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi in his latest article published by the American Thinker.  Moran quotes an article from the Wall Street Journal in describing Morsi’s cower grab as an  “Islamist Coup.”

Mr. Morsi says his diktat will merely last as long as it takes the country to adopt a new constitution, which is what authoritarians always say. They claim to be a necessary step on the way to democracy, but democracy never arrives. Mr. Morsi’s rationalization is that he must have this power to “protect the revolution,” as if the demonstrators who deposed Hosni Mubarak in 2011 merely wanted another Mubarak with a beard and prayer rug. Mr. Morsi is claiming more power than Mr. Mubarak ever had.

Egyptians took to the street on Friday in protest, sometimes violently, and nearly every other major political leader denounced the putsch. That includes Abdel Monheim Aboul Fotouh, a former Muslim Brotherhood leader and presidential candidate. The violence is regrettable, but the protests may be the only way Egyptians can prevent the Muslim Brotherhood from becoming their new dictators.

The article notes that the military has no interest in opposing the Muslim Brotherhood’s betrayal of real democratic reform:

The Brotherhood doesn’t control the military or Ministry of Interior, yet neither one is going to rush to defend a more liberal Egyptian state. The military’s main goal is to protect its role in government and its economic interests, and the Brotherhood’s draft constitution puts the military outside of civilian control.

As long as Mr. Morsi doesn’t challenge those interests, the military and police may let him control the courts, the media and the legislature. This is a recipe for rule a la Pakistan, with an increasingly Islamist state but the military and intelligence services as an independent power. The immediate losers will be Egypt’s liberals and the Western journalists who inhaled the vapors of Tahrir Square. But whatever Mr. Morsi intends, the Pakistan model is not a recipe for a more stable Egypt.

It will be interesting to see if this dynamic plays out the way Dr. Walid Phares predicted in his book “The Coming Revolution.”

With penetrating insight and candor, Walid Phares, Fox News terrorism and Middle East expert and a specialist in global strategies, argues that a fierce race for control of the Middle East is on, and the world’s future may depend on the outcome. Yet not a failure of imagination, but rather, of education has left Americans without essential information on the real roots of the rising Jihadi threat. Western democracies display a dangerous misunderstanding of precisely who opposes democracy and why. In fact, the West ignores the wide and disparate forces within the Muslim world—including a brotherhood against democracy that is fighting to bring the region under totalitarian control—and crucially underestimates the determined generation of youth feverishly waging a grassroots revolution toward democracy and human rights.

As terror strikes widen from Manhattan to Mumbai and battlefields rage from Afghanistan to Iraq, many tough questions are left unanswered, or even explored: Where are the anti-Jihadists and the democrats in the Muslim world? Does the Middle East really reject democracy? Do the peoples of the region prefer the Taliban, the Muslim Brotherhood, or Hezbollah over liberals and seculars? And is there really no genuine hope that freedom and democracy can prevail over the Islamist caliphate?

Dr. Phares predicted that the first stage of this “coming revolution” would be the overthrow of authoritarian regimes in the Middle East by the combined forces of the Jihadis and those who want real democratic reform.  Because they are better organized and funded, he argued that the Jihadis would end up in power after this first round.  That would set up round two, as the Jihadis try to consolidate power and it becomes clear to the general populace that the Jihadis are not interested in real democratic reform.  According to Dr. Phares, this will be the main event as democratic reformers turn their attention toward the Jihadis for hijacking the revolution.  The question is whether the Arab masses will join in the effort of toppling the Jihadis.  The protests in Egypt against Morsi’s power grab may just be the opening round of the second phase in Dr. Phares’ prediction of a “coming revolution.”

 

 

 

 

 

One thought on “Is the Reaction to the Islamist Power Grab in Egypt a Sign of Things to Come?

  1. I forgot to add that “round two” will be complicated by divisions within the Jihadi camp. Among others, there is the Sunni/Shiite split, as well and the tension between the Muslim Brotherhood and the even more radical Salfists.

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