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Bridget Johnson


July 1, 2013 - 8:24 am

The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt appears to be near the end as the country’s powerful military has stepped in on the side of the protesters against Mohamed Morsi’s rule.

The military showed the last president, Hosni Mubarak, the door in a similar manner in 2011.

From Al-Arabiya:

Egyptian Armed Forces issues a 48 hour ultimatum to all Egyptian forces to reach a resolution or face military “road map” that “will not exclude anyone.”

The statement came after mass nationwide protests demanding the ouster of Islamist President Mohammad Mursi.

Opposition leader Hamdeen Sabbahi called on Sunday for military intervention if Mursi refused to step down refused to quit.

“The armed forces must act, because they have always been on the side of the people” which “has expressed its will”, said Sabbahi, a candidate in the previous presidential elections.

On Sunday, the armed forces said the number of protesters was “unprecedented” and army helicopters flew overhead in Cairo and Alexandria and sometimes dropping Egyptian flags on protesters.

… “The armed forces have the obligation to intervene to stop Egypt from plunging into a dark tunnel of conflict and infighting,” the army chief warned on the eve of the first anniversary of President Mohammed Mursi’s election as opposition leaders clamored for his resignation, AFP reported.

“The Armed Forces repeats its call to respond to the people’s demands and give everyone a 48-hour deadline to carry the burden of these historic circumstances. [The Armed Forces] won’t tolerate anyone doing less than what’s needed to carry their responsibility,” the statement from the military leaders read.



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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I have mixed feelings about this. As a tactic to get this particular leader out of office, it looks like an effective one and I will not mourn Morsi if this forces him out.

But I'm concerned about the precedent this may set for future comparable situations. After all, if it is successful in Egypt, it will be adopted as a model for other countries. I see nothing in this model that limits it so that only Islamists are affected.

Suppose a similar tactic had been used to drive Reagan out of the presidency during the 80s? Lots of people disliked Reagan and the 60s were still fresh in many memories. Such tactics might well have been applied to George W. Bush at the height of his unpopularity. Suppose he had been driven out in 2004 or 2005 before the Surge?

It seems to me that if a leader is elected democratically, we either need to honor the terms of that election and let the man lead for the duration of his term - while resisting bad leaders as best we can via peaceful methods - or we need some kind of recall mechanism that everyone knows about. That recall mechanism needs to be set up to prevent a leader from being ousted on the basis of a single relatively minor event; given the chaos that would ensue, it shouldn't be used frivolously.

Otherwise, this starts to make the country itself very unstable as any leader can be turfed at almost any time over almost any issue.

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The difference e is that under Reagan and Bush, the rule of law prevailed. Under Morsi and Obama there is no rule of law.

You are quite correct that the tactics currently being used in Egypt to unseat Morsi might very well be necessary to unseat Obama, since Obama, through his choice of Eric Holder as Attorney General, has deliberately tried to destroy the rule of law in this country.
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It is absolutely invalid to compare elections in established Western democracies to what happened in Egypt when Morsi got elected. Also, in the the US elections you mentioned, the winners didn't jail and assassinate their opponents once they took power. That's what's been going on in Egypt. Additionally, with rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, Christians in Egypt have pretty much been under all out attack with the perpetrators knowing they won't be punished.

Egyptians are mostly secular in outlook. The only reason the Muslim Brotherhood got their foothold leading to Morsi's election was that they were better organized than the myriad of opposition parties.
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Watch and learn what?
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