Egyptian Democracy and Secular Hypocrisy


How ironic that on US Independence Day we awake to learn that a US-bankrolled army has launched a coup against democracy in Egypt and has placed the democratically elected President Muhammad Mursi under house arrest. News reports suggest that arrest warrants have been issued against hundreds of leading figures of the largest Egyptian political movement, the Muslim Brotherhood.

The scenes from Cairo of hundreds of thousands of opposition supporters vocally urging the army to intervene and help them achieve through military force what they have not been able to achieve via the ballot box were depressing. Mursi and the Egyptian parliament had been elected in free and fair polls. Instead of behaving honourably and awaiting their chance to attain power at the next elections, many in the opposition had urged the army to cancel the results of the last election. How disgraceful. So much for the opposition’s democratic credentials and how telling that it was left to the so-called ‘Islamist’ President insist – until the very end – that democracy and legitimacy be respected.

The army has ruled Egypt unaccountably for 60 years since the overthrow of King Faruq so the 2012 elections which sought to put the army back under civilian control were a huge step forward. That makes the actions of the Egyptian opposition in encouraging the army to step back into power all the more saddening.

The Muslim Brotherhood have been persecuted relentlessly over the decades by the Egyptian army. But times have changed. Now every action by the Egyptian army will be under the global spotlight. Once can only hope that the Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters do not allow themselves to be provoked by the violent actions of the Egyptian opposition and the army and that they remain patient and steadfast.

Elections will have to be held sooner or later. It is highly unlikely that the Egyptian people will accept a permanent return to power for the army. At that time, it is surely the Muslim Brotherhood, not their opponents – who have revealed themselves to be highly unprincipled – who will hold the higher moral ground.

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18 Responses to Egyptian Democracy and Secular Hypocrisy

  1. Asim says:

    The opposition have delivered a blow to Egyptian democracy. They should have waited until the next election to make their case to the people of Egypt and win power through the ballot box.

    • Robert says:

      To reply to a corrupted constitution would give it legitimacy,thats why the people pushed the army,there was no other way to oust him,remember they have been here before,this is of course just my opinion but I hope for the best solution for Egypts people,regardless of gender or religious/non affiliation.

  2. Eliott says:

    Inayat, in case you were not followwing the situation closely, I should point out that Morsi was overthrown by a large section of the Egyptian people aided by the army, as in Mubarak’s over throw in January 2011. Wining democratic elections is no guarantee that you will maintain the rudiments of a democratic system. Look at Hitler in 1933 for example. To many Egyptians Morsi was beginning to act like a dictator. Many of those “secularists” as you call them began to believe that they would not be able to be secular for much longer and unfortunately Morsi did not disabuse them of that. You can’t blame everything on the Americans you know ! Those of us enjoying the fruits of Liberal democracy burnished by a liberal and open culture should perhaps be a little circumspect in our comments.

  3. Robert says:

    The party that was an ally to Adolf Hitler and fascism got what it deserved,sad yes that the Army had to intervene but the whole world knew that the MB rigged the constitution.
    The MB maybe the best organised but that’s as far as it goes,from it’s founder Hassan al Banna who’s words open the Hammas covenant which is something along the lines of Israel will exist until Islam destroys it,just as it has destroyed others or Sayyid Qutb who actually believed the protocols of Zion and said Jews have sex with animals,rotten seeds bare rotten fruit,Morsi and his cronies,the constitution were very bad fruit.
    I really hope the opposition can organise themselves and agree on one thing,a secular state without mythology.

    • Junaid says:

      Ok, so exactly what number of people are required in Trafalgar Square to force the resignation of the conservative PM David Cameron and for there to be a military coup in the UK… Ahhh doesn’t quite sound right now does it??? Duplicity…hypocrisy are understatements for the excuses being made by the West and people like you, don’t worry the MB have greater conviction in their values and beliefs then you could ever have, that has been proven by 80 years of steadfastness in the face of overwhelming persecution, they draw their strength from faith and the love that vast segments of the Muslim world hold for them and their struggle.

      • Robert says:

        The last time we had anything like Egypts going through was Oliver Cromwell,there are a lot of Muslims in the opposition doesn’t that tell you something?,I guess like everyone else they don’t believe “Islam is the answer”,they neglected to add “whether you like it or not”,fortunately I’ve never had to worry about a dictatorship or the MB,we sure vote in some rubbish governments but not quite the shambles the MB engineered,Thatchers government were almost on par but they were lighter on mythology .

  4. Junaid says:

    Talk about deceitful speech, do you think that readers of this blog are imbeciles?? Margaret Thatcher had 11 years, she inherited a reasonably stable state of affairs, Morsi had one year and inherited a broken and corrupt system, how could you even make a comparison. Your attempts to justify this coup and affront to democracy are laughable…

    • Robert says:

      It’s easy math,the constitution was rigged by the MB and pushed through without consultation,big mistake,obviously the Egyptian people aren’t imbeciles and have been here before,a good thing though that unlike the MB they didn’t assassinate a president.
      Morsi and the MB had only a year true,the problems faced by Egypt are the same theyv’e been for years but it would have been Morsi the MB and Al Azhar if they had continued,government with mythology doesn’t work,it’s not inclusive,it’s divisive,Copts Jews Baihai are Egyptians too,I guess they would have to hide behind a Garkhad tree if the MB continued in power.

  5. LibertyPhile says:

    What a strange title. Where does “secular hypocrisy” come into it?

    Democracy can be debated (what do you do when an “elected” government screws up very badly, elected by very frustrated people who would probably vote for anything they thought might improve their lot?), and economics, the other, and “more important”, side of the coin.

    This is interesting:

    I’ll leave it to another time to explain why it is all the fault of Islam!!

  6. looking at the comments here, one thing is clear. people have already made their minds up that they want the MB to go. They look for evidence, proof and reason to back up that position afterwards. They mostly clutch at straws and their posts are riddled with fallacies that are easily refuted. MB won 3 votes, presidential, parliamentary, and constitutional. If millions of MB followers in egypt are out protesting now, will the army step in again to overthrow the new regime or is secularists double standards spread across the board?

    • Robert says:

      The MB would have been ok if they hadn’t rigged the constitution and gone through the right consultation process so if anyone is to blame its not America or secularists for the Army’s intervention it’s the MBs,some people completely ignore the fact that the Egyptian people were not consulted on the rigged constitution I wonder why.

      • Robert says:

        Just to add that the MB rode on the back of the overthrow of Mubarak,they took the opportunity well and then told
        The Egyptian people how its going to be,all that changed when they took over was the name of the Dictator.

  7. adeel says:

    Good call inayat. Some people have swallowed a little too much western media for breakfast ahem Robert. Let the people vote him out at the next election if they don’t want MB. If no election was forthcoming then one may be able to justify a coup. Secularism always trumps democracy in the west. Secularism ‘in practice’ is not neutral people its time to wake up and realise it has its own ideological dogma that many have been brainwashed into thinking was revealed from on high!

    • Robert says:

      No need for western media ,recorded history is the way to go IMO.
      What would be the point of voting in an election if you are a Baihai for example when the constitution isn’t much use in the first place,mythology in government is pointless and cruel,we learned that five hundred years ago that’s why they need a fair constitution for all Egyptians.

      • adeel says:

        A new secular government could have had a referendum on a new constitution Robert if there was an appetite for it. I’m sure that hasn’t escaped you

        • Robert says:

          The track record of the MB isn’t any better,it’s worse in many ways,its ideology from its roots to today sucks IMO,looking how the last referendum was run I’m thinking the outcome would have a result before it was taken.

  8. adeel says:

    Interesting Robert that you prefer the military who have a track record of subversion of democracy as well as torture of not only MB but others who dissented

  9. adeel says:

    Robert what are you on about mate. The elections were considered free and fair. Bizarely morsi secular opponents complained he hadn’t done enough to curtail army powers, yet now they are happy to pretend their intervention is legitimate

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