As Egypt Continues its hard slide to Despotism
Since Mr Morsi’s overthrow his Muslim Brotherhood group has been the target of a fierce crackdown by the military-backed authorities. More than a thousand Brotherhood members have been killed and more than 16,000 people, many of them Islamists, have been arrested.
Al-sis, the General who overthrow Morsi in a coup is now “running for President.” He has also kept the Gaza crossing closed more often than not.
Meanwhile, the resistance has, actually, gone out of its way to attack targets like police stations, which are, frankly, legitimate targets.
The Muslim Brotherhood, and anyone else, in my view, has an entirely legitimate right, in this case, to violent revolution. A democratically elected government was overthrown in a military coup. The Brotherhood claims not to be behind the violence, but whoever is, is not in the wrong, unless you believe that political violence is never justified. (In which case, Americans, please start paying your taxes to the Crown.)
More to the point, the Brotherhood was legitimately the most popular party in Egypt. They did win the election fairly, after having their preferred candidates disqualified by judges appointed by the old government. They did run the clinics, distribute food and so on in much of the country. The outlawing of the Brotherhood and seizure of all their property was a huge blow for ordinary people, even as it enriched the government. Note that, as in Iran, the Egyptian military is a huge economic power in Egypt, owning many businesses.
The entire situation stinks to high heaven, suggesting that the original demonstrations were allowed to succeed by the military so that they might later undertake a coup. The deep state also, clearly, deliberately sabotaged Morsi at every step, in particular power supplies suddenly became unreliable right after he was elected. Contrary to the army’s propaganda, that’s not something Morsi could have caused, and that it was so is indicated by the fact that right after the coup, the power suddenly became much more reliable again.
The original demonstrations succeeded when the army decided they wouldn’t support the government, remember. Let this be a reminder to you that if you do not have control, physical or ideological, over those who have the ability to inflict violence in your society, you do not actually rule: you are only in charge as long as they want you to be.
Meanwhile, with the largest and most popular party in the country outlawed and 16,000 of its supporters in jail (imagine 16,000 Democrats or Republicans in jail for protesting), I’m sure al-Sisi will cruise to victory and become “President”.