Skip to comments.Egypt: Morsi Supporters Protest Outside Cabinet
Posted on 07/16/2013 4:27:04 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
Egypt's interim leader swore in a Cabinet on Tuesday that included women and Christians but no Islamists as the military-backed administration moved swiftly to formalize the new political order and present a more liberal face that is markedly at odds with the deposed president and his supporters.
The changes came at a time of deep polarization and violence in Egypt, including new clashes that killed seven people as part of the continuing bloodshed that has marked the days following the armed forces coup that swept President Mohammed Morsi from office and cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood.
Egypt's military already wields great influence behind the scenes, and the army chief, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who ousted Morsi on July 3, was given a promotion in the Cabinet. He became a first deputy prime minister in addition to keeping his post as defense minister.
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The only way to get Islamists out is to fight them, and hard. They aren’t going to vote themselves out. Any other “people of the book” they allow into their government are dhimmis or collaborators. I know liberals just don’t understand that, but that’s a lesson from history. None of the people who ousted Morsi and hold power now are in any way a Mubarak or an Atatürk, and may be worse than the openly Islamist types.
Nothing sinister imo just gross incompetance. The MB was elected. They made asses of themselves and Egypt being tribalistic and Islamo-centric. What else is to be expected? The non-MB supporters were aggrieved and they outnumber the MB. The military simply stopped the nation’s descent into Islamic feudalism -the MB vision of governance.
What the Middle East needs is secular autocrats who can keep order and keep the Islamists out of positions of influence, not "Democracy."
The Islamists are already out. The Egyptian Army is in control, and the Army is dead-set against the Muslim Brotherhood.
For that matter, Qatar just closed the MB’s offices there, too. No fighting!
The MB is losing against Assad in Syria, as well. Fighting!
Millions of Egyptians just protested the Muslim Brotherhood out of power.
The MB lost face.
Islamists lost face.
This loss in Egypt carried over to Qatar, where the MB was shut down.
Nor is this a one-off event. The populist Cedar Revolution in Lebanon was anti-Islamist.
For his part, (Robert) Springborg noted that Sisis academic papers at the US Army War College were almost like Islamist tracts.El-Baradei:
Former International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei, who had previously announced his intetions to run for the presidency of Egypt, said Monday that if Israel attacked Gaza, we would declare war against the Zionist regime.The record speaks for itself. All MB members are Islamists, but not all Islamists are MB members, by a long shot.
The Egyptian Army has found the perfect balance between rhetoric and cultural discipline.
Which is to say, el Sisi isn’t an “Islamist” in any geopolitical or functional way.
Secularists remain a minority in Egypt, and there is no way for them to win in a free and open election in the long run. So the only way to maintain a secular Egypt is through force, for better or for worse.
Secularism is only one solution. A far more sustainable solution is a cultural rejection of radicalism.
That’s what happened. Millions rejected the Muslim Brotherhood.
That loss of face will be generational. Generations will remember the gasoline lines and hyper-inflated food prices under Morsi.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
Won't please the Obama administration.
To prevent duplication, please do not alter the published headline, thx.
I posted this three days ago. ABC changed the title, not me.
That’s probably what happened. Apologies.