Uncertainties Underlie the Celebrations in Cairo
Who knew the path to the presidency was writing a thesis entitled, “High-Temperature Electrical Conductivity Structure of DonorDoped Alpha-Aluminum Oxide”… For more on Egypt’s new President Mohammad Morsi, read the NYT article Uncertainties Underlie the Celebrations in Cairo. From my vantage point this development hurts centrist/secular/technocratic candidates in the Libyan election like Ali Tarhouni and Gibril’s Center party, while strongly boosting the likely hood of an Islamist rout come July 7th.
And sticking with the Egypt theme, it is interesting how outside powers like America are now thrust into supporting the Islamists in Egypt against the secularist army out of concern for the democratic process. This dynamic features quite clearly in the NYT’s editorial, Egypt’s Democracy Interrupted.
After trying to cultivate an image of moderation, the Brotherhood allied itself with the hard-line Salafis and joined in their calls for the implementation of Islamic law. But if Mr. Morsi is indeed the winner, he must be allowed to do the job.
Egyptians made their revolution and ultimately must make it succeed. The reformers are going to have to regroup. They will be stronger if they work together.
And they will be stronger if they have less equivocal backing from the Obama administration, which was quiet for too long. It sent the wrong message in March when it resumed military aid to Egypt — $1.3 billion annually — after a five-month hiatus, even though the generals had not repealed the emergency law or dropped prosecutions against employees of four American-financed democracy groups. The administration should have delayed some of the aid to show firm support for the democratic process.
American officials were right to warn the generals on Monday that they risk losing billions of dollars if they don’t swiftly transfer power to the president, ensure elections for a new Parliament and begin writing a new constitution with help from a broad range of Egyptians. The United States needs to work with Egypt to maintain the peace treaty and a stable border with Israel. But an undemocratic Egypt in perpetual turmoil is no help to its own people or Israel or the rest of the region.