The Islamic Nation of Egypt

It's coming.......just a matter of time........an Islamist Egypt. Many in the West were fearful of this, the democracy movement being taken advantage of by the mass wave of Islam. If you doubt it, look no further than last week's rally in Tahrir Square, home to the democracy movement. What was suppose to be a small supporting of Islam, tens of thousands Muslims poured into the square chanting the Islamic way. Iran surely must be smiling at this. The support for Islam shocked those seeking democracy also in the square. While the democracy movement won the support of all Egyptians-to break away from its dictator, once accomplished, the deep divisions in that society began to surface and now it looks like it is Islam that might be voted into power when elections prevail as their political parties form. Once voted in (this is the democracy part) then a new dictator will prevail under Islam, just like in Iran. It will be the Muslim Brotherhood elected in and making Salafist the law of the land. The religion and government will be blended with religion taking priority in how Egyptians live.

The numbers of followers were all bused in. Vendors sold portraits of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. Speakers to the thousands voiced hatred of America and Israel. The thousands chanted, "we want Islamic law". The Egyptians who are secularists were dwarfed and apprehensive about how this event turned out. Most Egyptians are Muslim, what was not known was how many supported strict Islamist law.

Now we know. It is not a good thing for the Middle East.

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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

Egypt has always been somewhat Islammic. I doubt anything bad will come of it. They have people there that have been in the movie industry forever since Cleopatra was shot with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. I knew people on that shot.

It will all be good.

JT


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moiragallaga 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

A little more context would also be needed when viewing that development. It is a disturbing trend and one that could derail what the secular democratic movement was hoping to achieve. However, there are indications that the Muslim Brotherhood does not enjoy the influence it once had over the Islamists (as opposed to Muslims, there's a difference) and there could be various factions within the Islamist movement in Egypt competing for influence. How they will align themselves and with whom still remains to be seen.

Definitely, the democracy movement is likely to end up with the short end of the stick and the rights and freedom they have been struggling to secure may end up slowly slipping from their grasp. It won't be the end of them but it would probably mean another round for them to go through with a different opponent this time.

Geopolitically, Iran can't smile yet. The Muslim Brotherhood are generally Sunnis. Saudi Arabia and the Wahabbis will likewise probably not be too keen to see Egypt fall under Iran's sphere of influence, especially as Iraq is already as good as part of the Shiite bloc in that region. Ditto with the Gulf States, such as Bahrain who are majority Shiite but whose ruling class are minority Sunni. I don't think Bahrain would be too happy to see Egypt under Shiite influence.

Of course, the best scenario is for Egypt to remain secular. Despite being Muslims, there are models to look at - Turkey, Indonesia and Malaysia

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