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What happened in Egypt this week was anticipated from the inauguration of Morsi’s presidency? Egypt had been under secular authoritarian rule from a very long time under Hosni Mubarak. All institutions, including the police, judiciary and the army had huge followers that are secular minded and western educated, having cultural affinity with western life style. A sudden change in government was not going to change the mind set of those individuals who had been under influence of western culture and ideology. There was always a risk of challenge to the Islamic government from the outset. Morsi was on an uphill struggle to please both the secularist and at the same time adhere to Islamic ideology and principles. The main challenge came from the western sponsored and trained military which controls about one quarter of the countries economy. The united state shell out each year to the Egyptian Army in aids over 1.5 billion dollars. This huge amount of money does not come for free, but it is attached with certain conditions, one such condition is the maintenance of almost subservient relationship with the state of Israel. Therefore, the military was always going to be a factor to Morsis’s rule, because the big brother had a yoke around Egypt’s neck that was too difficult to throw off or resist.
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Morsi had made some mistakes from the outset that lost the support of the liberal who had voted for him to stop Ahmed Shafique from the Mubarak Era coming to power. The decision to issue the November Decree was done to pass the draft constitution without having the court dissolving it. The court was not sympathetic towards MB nor was the bureaucracy, in hindsight; the November decree to protect his decision from judicial review could have been delayed or done differently in consultation with the liberals. He also inherited a state having diseased economy and a bureaucracy blemished with corruption. On top of that he relied too much on MB political leadership for policy advice and their support base rather than pursuing an independent broad policy that accommodated other political section, at least for his first term. But in spite of all his mistakes, I also believe that outside players, namely the Zionists had played a crucial role in consultation with the USA to rid MB from power, although in Public they are saying otherwise. If military had played neutral, I believe in spite of public protest, he could have finished the full five years, and most certainly would have lost the next election. The army and the law enforcement agency in collaboration with outside dictates supported the opposition and precipitated his downfall earlier than his contractual term. I believe he should have called early election to ward off the military from dictating, that would have been better for the Egyptian democracy, even if it meant MB losing the election.
Egypt must ensure that everybody’s economic interest is protected, although it may take time. If the Egyptians’ fails in moving forward in a democratic course and does not come out of Western finance capitalism, it will put themselves in to their permanent control.
The Egyptian nation must build a democratic future for their country and limit the role of the Army so that their 2011 revolution that toppled Mubarak would not go to waste. Egypt should diversify its economy and make new alliances instead of the west so that their reliance on USA will be limited and therefore, it will be in a position to have their own independent economic and foreign policy without being dictated by others. Egyptian people must not make the mistake of dividing the country by supporting arrest and repression of one section of the society by the Army, as is the case happening now in Egypt. Muslim Brotherhood top leadership and activists are being arrested as I write this article. This is indicative of opposition arrests and torture by the army led caretaker government of Bangladesh. These actions by the Egyptian Militarily allude to some form of experience sharing by the USA with the Egyptian Army. Egypt must avoid politics of hate, or it will face divisions and be lost in political dilemma
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