Egypt's Slide from Democracy to Islam
How could one expect this to happen? The forces that ended a dictatorship , after a very brief moment of the democratic process, elected the Muslim Brotherhood and their man, Morsi, an Egyptian who when to college in Southern California.
Since Morsi became president, he had consolidated his power giving him complete executive and legislative power. He will appoint who will write the new constitution. Mr. Morsi is just another dictator more pro-Islamic than any other. He has authority over public budgets, foreign affairs, pardons and political and military appointments. He has also replaced old and former editors of Cairo's major newspapers after negative comments were allowed to be printed. Morsi also has the power to abrogate treaties- such as the one Sadat and Israel signed. Just recently, he forced the general's of their military to retire and replaced them with more radical ones prone to promote Islam.
Last week he invited Iran's vice president and Morsi was invited to Iran. If Morsi does, it will be the first time an Egyptian president has done this since 1979. So, it IS significant. Morsi appointed a new chief of staff for the military who openly stated that Egypt's main threat is Israel and called for close relations with Iran.
As Putin said awhile ago regarding the Arab Spring, be careful, you may get something far worse in its place. So far, I tend to agree.
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