Continuing “Good News” from the “Arab Spring”

| November 25, 2012

Decrees invoking authority the current ruler doesn’t lawfully have.  Attempts to demonize “old regime” holdovers.  Removing old-guard generals from power.  Pushback from advocates of democracy that are ignored by the rulers – and marginalization of democracy advocates.  Efforts to produce a new constitution so that there’s little or no chance of actual debate concerning its contents.

Think that sounds like Iran, early 1979, when they were laying the groundwork for setting up the Khomeini Shia theocracy?  You’re right.

And it also sounds one helluva lot of a lot like Egypt in late 2012.

The Muslim Brotherhood-backed President of Egypt has done all of that.  Without authority, he has dismissed the nation’s chief prosecutor and placed many of his decrees “off limits” to judicial review – by issuing a decree, of course.  He’s dismissed or marginalized many in the former Egyptian military leadership.  He’s insinuated that no judicial review or input will be appropriate for the planned new Egyptian constitution planned for next year.  And he’s doing all he can to marginalize El Baradi and other advocates of actual democracy.

In short, as far as I can tell he’s following Khomeini’s playbook to a T – with the exception that he’s putting a Sunni spin on things.  And he’s cagy enough to have done some of the most visible of these abuses of power over a long holiday weekend in the US, and immediately after playing “peacemaker” between Israel and Gaza.

Tell me again why we supported this movement – and this budding theocratic dictator – in the first place?  Didn’t we get our nose “rubbed in it” thoroughly enough 33 years ago to learn our lesson?

Category: Foreign Policy

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  1. JP says:

    At least people are hitting the streets to protest it.

    …which is more than I can say for us when the govt makes power moves.

  2. B Woodman says:

    And there’s Obaomao off the side, furiously scribbling notes for his upcoming book, “Authoritah for Dummies”.

  3. Common Sense says:

    degree = executive order

    Don’t think it couldn’t happen here.

  4. Common Sense says:

    decree, not degree. Duh!

  5. Also talk of destroying the pyramids.

    Part of me hopes they do. Then maybe people will finally wake the f— up about Islam.

  6. UpNorth says:

    Well, if they do destroy the Pyramids and the Sphinx, there’ll be fewer reasons for the idiot tourists to venture into the Land of the Brotherhood. Unless Code Pink takes up permanent residence. Folks will always find a reason to go stare at idiots.

  7. NHSparky says:

    JP–when the current administration makes “power moves” the idiots think it means Skittle-shitting unicorns and free mortgages will be raining from the skies, straight from Obama’s stash.

  8. Drama says:

    I actually was guessing America 2015…

  9. Ex-PH2 says:

    Destroy the pyramids?

    They’ve already destroyed the Tomb at the End of the World in Timbuktu, which held the remains of 300 Muslim saints, “because it was idol worship”. That tomb was not supposed to be opened until the world does end. They should not have touched it, but they have no respect for culture or customs or the dead, because they have no country of their own. They should not have touched it.

    This just supports what I’ve said for months — they’re all mentally ill, addicted to violence and hatred, and bringing a lot of bad karma on themselves.

  10. Ex-PH2 says:

    @7 – Sparky, remember this:

    No man survives when freedom fails
    The best men rot in filthy jails
    And those who cry appease, appease
    Are hung by those they sought to please

    — Hiram Mann

  11. Ex-PH2 says:

    This is from news today on ABC:

    The Egyptian people, who think of themselves as Egyptians first and muslims second, want Morsi out of office. The office of the Muslim Brotherhood was attacked earlier today, along with the demonstrations in Tahrir Square.

    Looks like things aren’t going quite the way the MBs planned it, after all.

    So, since the Eypgtians want a valid democracy for government and Egypt is supposed to be a US ally, does anyone besides me expect the Big Cheese to turn his back on them? And before you answer that, please read Hiram Mann’s poem in my post above.