Remember back in June when, in a post called “Egypt is doomed,” I predicted that the election of Mohamed Morsi of Egypt, the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood, foretold the creation of an Islamic state in Egypt?
Several commenters promptly admonished me for crying wolf. One, for instance, said this:
Jerry, calm down. The office of president in Egypt has very little real authority, and Moursi does not have a mandate from the people, so you can forget about Egypt becoming Iran-lite. The military, who are incredibly powerful, are violently anti-Muslim Brotherhood and extremely attached to secularism, so I do not expect Islamic law to be instituted there. What happened was simple: due to the way the elections work there, the two top candidates go to a run-off if no one wins an outright majority, and it happened to be Moursi against Ahmed Shafik, a former Mubarak cabinet member who promised a return to authoritarianism. Think of Moursi’s win as a blow struck against the old order rather than an endorsement of Islamism. I also think Egypt has way bigger problems right now than this mostly inconsequential election that most Egyptians seem to be fairly disgusted with.
And there were other comments of the same ilk.
I don’t want to gloat, because people are dying now in Egypt to defend secularism, but I think I was right. Egypt, it seems, is going down the road toward a theocracy like Iran or Saudi Arabia.
It turns out that, backed by his Muslim Brotherhood minions, Morsi has power after all, is trying to push an anti-secular constitution and, in fact, is striving to expand his own powers. This is, as you know, leading to riots and bloodshed in the streets of Cairo. Dozens have been injured, and at least four killed, in last week’s rioting.
The cause, is, of course religion: the desire of the Muslim Brotherhood to run Egypt under sharia law, and turn it into a theocracy. Of course they deny that, saying that they favor “democracy,” but that’s a lie. The whole issue is summed up in a statement reported by the New York Times reports (link above):
In a city square on the Islamist side of the battle lines, a loudspeaker on the top of a moving car blared out exhortations that the fight was about more than politics or Mr. Morsi.
“This is not a fight for an individual, this is not a fight for President Morsi,” the speaker declared. “We are fighting for God’s law, against the secularists and liberals.”
This is what religion does when it gets power over a state. When are people going to believe that radical Muslims mean what they say about jihad?
Goodbye, Egypt. Who’s next—Turkey?