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Updated on November 24, 2012

Morsi has a major role to play in the Middle East; but not a dictatorship.

Turmoil again broils on the streets of Cairo, Egypt, with huge numbers of political opposition members to the new government there converging on Tahrir Square and demonstrating violently, as police riot helmeted-squads respond with tear gas to a rock throwing mob.

The cause being that the newly elected president of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi (Morsy) was about to grab more power for himself, which was contrary to the revolution during the Arab Spring that ousted the former dictator and president, Hosni Mubarak.

"On Thursday, he announced that courts could not overturn any decree or law he has issued since taking office in June and, beyond that, in the six months until a new constitution is finalized," (CNN, 11/24/12).

Morsi, only a few days ago, was in the good books of the United States for bringing a truce between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, a Palestinian enclave that has propagated a political and para-military war against the Zionist state for many years.

The cease-fire that Morsi has negotiated was still in effect, and for that, the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has praised his mediation efforts in bringing it about.

"Egypt's new government is assuming the responsibility and leadership that has long made this country a cornerstone for regional stability and peace." Secretary Clinton said just a few days ago.

However, that was short lived, as the relationship with Morsi was taking a new turn in regard to the disturbances that have enveloped not just Cairo, but other big cities in the country; Alexandria and the Suez among them.

Morsi was head of the Muslim Brotherhood, which was at loggerheads with the Mubarak government for several years, before he was democratically elected as president just this year. Its (MB's) aim, moreover, was to eventually enforce Sharia law in Egypt.

To be able to calm troubled waters was a feather in Morsi's cap, but now, the U.S. has to tow a fine line in dealing with him.

""The decisions and declarations announced on November 22 raise concerns for many Egyptians and for the international community," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement."" and that was more of a reversal of the sentiment coming from her (Nuland's) boss.

It was for peace and stability in the region that President Barack Obama was also touting Morsi's engagement in the war and getting the two sides to agree to stop hostilities, which have caused unnecessary deaths, particularly, of children and women in both Israel and Gaza.

It was, therefore, the hope of U.S. that peace and understanding would prevail in Egypt for the crisis there to ease, and thus to avoid another revolution, soon after the one that removed Mubarak.

P.S. By the way, an article in the American media referred to Morsi as an autocratic "pharaoh". WHAT; an Arab a Pharaoh? NEVER!


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    • zenpropix profile image


      5 years ago

      U.S. aid to Eqypt in 2012 is $1.3 billion. Eqypt's population is 83 million.

      Therefore, U.S. aid amounts to about $15 USD per Egyptian per year. How much influence does that level of aid really buy?

    • maxoxam41 profile image


      5 years ago from USA

      Why wouldn't they? Did they achieve democracy or did the US impose its puppet to the Egyptian people? Did they impose them a muslim government? Egypt needs a government that will reject the US financial aid hence no possibility to control them. Egypt needs a young face with new ideas that corresponds to the image of all those countries that rose against their corrupt governments. High birth rate, high unemployment among the youngs, poverty, concentration of wealth in the hands of the elite, gerontocratic governments, corrupt armies characterize those societies.

    • mperrottet profile image

      Margaret Perrottet 

      5 years ago from San Antonio, FL

      What an unexpected and scary turn of events. I hope that Egypt doesn't have another dictatorship. I haven't seen Obama's reaction to this news yet. We're walking such a tightrope with the Middle East right now.


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