Egypt And Democracy

The Muslim Brotherhood candidate gained an overwhelming victory in last weekend’s vote for president of Egypt by securing 52% of the vote. His opponent, Ahmed Shafiq got about 48%. Of course, millions did not vote because the thought of Mohamed Morsi or Shafiq as president of their nation was equally disastrous. The Muslim Brotherhood has witnessed a dramatic decline in support because it increasingly shows true colors of seeking to establish a cleric led Muslim society which would deny rights to secular Muslims and Coptic Christians.

The American State Department is warning Egypt’s military leaders to surrender power of lose millions in aid. “We are particularly concerned by decisions that appear to prolong the military’s hold on power.” Even as the US issued this statement, the MB warned “we will go back to the streets.”

Let’s recall that students and secular groups initiated going into the streets and then the Muslim Brotherhood took advantage of their sacrifices in order to gain  power by lying about its goals. Frankly, at this time, it is best for the military to maintain power until a truly representative parliament is allowed to emerge which will ensure rights for all Egyptians and will not allow a clerical group to take power.