Egypt And “The Popular Will”


The situation in Egypt is fascinating. How many times in history has an army supported the people of a nation as opposed to standing with the established power structure?  Think about the past 60 years in South America alone, and the number of times the United States has back a losing dictator/strong man.  Beyond that, this appears to be a push to replace what was turning into a Muslim theocracy in favor of a more democratic and secular form of government.  The wisdom of the founders of the U.S. comes to mind.  Any questions anyone had about the value and absolute need for the separation of church and state should now be answered, except for those who refuse to see the light of truth.   I am fortunate to have both France24 and Euronews for continuing tv coverage of an event which will obviously have worldwide repercussions.   As Egyptian writer Myra Mahdy Daridan put it, “the army is my cousin, it is your nephew…..(this) isn’t a coup, it’s the popular will.”  

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  1. Did anybody really believe that the results of an (ahem) free and democratic election in Egypt would produce peace and tranquility? Elections are only a part of democracy. Hitler was elected. That turned out well for the world. Religious people go to the polls and vote. They vote along their beliefs. More often than not, their religion plays a large role in how the vote is cast. As you hit on, that is where religion’s role should end.

    Your somewhat tender description of the goings on as a “push to replace” ignores the violence, burning, rioting and deaths that are reported. If it walks like a duck……a coup is a coup is a coup. It may or may not be beneficial to the people of Egypt. For hundreds of years, leaders of most of the countries in the mid-East and neighboring countries have been identified first by religious ideology and not political affiliation. Is it really any of our business? If so, to what extent should our meddling be tolerated? Yes, it is a diverse world community. The key word is diverse.

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