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Bridget Johnson


June 27, 2013 - 1:14 pm

Egyptians rose up against longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011, hundreds died in protests and the Tahrir Square demonstrations became a beacon of hope for the Arab world — and then they got Mohamed Morsi.

Protests have continued against the heavy-handed rule of the Islamists, ranging from dancing (!) outside the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters after the Islamists arrested students for doing the Harlem Shake to ongoing period clashes in the square that haven’t received as much media attention. Morsi’s government has continued to make missteps that galvanize opposition against the guy who won just over half of the popular vote — one of those missteps being the arrest of ultra-popular TV satirist Bassem Youssef for insulting Islam and Morsi.

On Sunday, get ready for “Tamarod” — Arabic for “Rebel.” Egyptians in this new secular opposition coalition said they have gathered 15 million signatures calling for Morsi’s removal. The nervous Muslim Brotherhood has been sacking officials they suspect are involved with Tamarod. And Morsi tried to beat back the movement in a two hour and 40 minute speech – “a unique mix of petty behavior, paternalistic threats, and complete disregard for truth or reality.”

Tamarod outlines well in their “message to the world” that they are more than willing to continue the fight for real democracy with peaceful protest — but “if the people of Egypt are not obeyed, another regime will fall.”

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Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Earth to "Tamarod:" Unless you have the Egyptian Army in your corner, you're toast. You will need to make deals with this "Enemy of your Enemy," and some of it ain't going to be pretty. Are you willing to "get ugly" to "save" Egypt?
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Hard-core Muslims were involved in the so-called "Arab Spring" from early on. Polls of the last few years showed that majorities of "the people of Egypt" fervently support sharia and other anti-western beliefs.

I wouldn't bet any money on the success of this Tamarod, or western-style democracy..
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