Your Arab Spring (Egypt Edition)

I am sure that this is all part of the grand plan for achieving democracy:

Egypt’s ruling party is paying gangs of thugs to sexually assault women protesting in Cairo’s Tahrir Square against President Mohamed Morsi, activists said.

They also said the Muslim Brotherhood is paying gangs to beat up men who are taking part in the latest round of protests, which followed a decree by President Morsi to give himself sweeping new powers.

It comes as the Muslim Brotherhood co-ordinated a demonstration today in support of President Mohamed Morsi, who is rushing through a constitution to try to defuse opposition fury over his newly expanded powers.

Incidentally, it is probably worth noting that this sort of problem doesn’t seem to be affecting Israel. Gosh, I wonder what kind of lesson might be drawn from that comparison. Also worth noting: Egyptians are warning the United States that Morsi is no friend of ours. Instead of making Morsi out to be “a pragmatist,” the Obama administration should probably take heed of that warning.

  1. Omid Moghadam

    I think I had a front row seat to the Iranian version of this movie once before. I was ten years old in 1979, but even I remember this. A US friendly government is over thrown by a popular movement. Once the Islamist elements move in to hijack the new government, our leaders with the help from the press go into over drive to make us all believe that these are all mid-east incarnations of Jefferson and Washington. It was not even a month ago that NPR was running positive profiles of Morsi as a bridge between east and west, on how he was educated and taught in the US and has kids who live and work here, on how Muslim B’hood is no more muslim than Christian Democrats are Christian, on and on. Not quite sure who said it, but I am paraphrasing any ways: ‘the only lesson from history is that we do not learn from history.’

  2. ConservativeWanderer

    But, Pejman, I thought just by virtue of not being a white guy, Barack Hussein Obama was going to make all the Muslim nations love us and be peaceful!

  3. Dave Roy

    They’re not going to take heed of what the Egyptian people are saying because they don’t want to believe it. Everything they’ve said and done in the last four years seems to say “I’m ok with Islamists in power, and if they only occasionally do something like an attack on us (like Benghazi), we can live with that.”

  4. Devereaux

    I believe there is an overall lack of serious understanding of the mideast. Arabs, almost everywhere, are basically tribal. That results in tribal social interactions. Islaam is merely the ideology of the tribes involved. It is fact. You can hope, but nothing is going to change for a very, very, very long time. Turkey tried to go secular, and in the end has gone back to tribal islaam as a result of their dying birth rate, while the Kurds are booming in numbers.Petreus’ mistake was arming the various tribes with new guns and techniques – and of course money. After all that expense in money and blood we are left with the same tribes, only now they are much better armed and trained to kill each other.?Why are we so surprised by all this.

  5. Donald Todd

    PY:  Egyptians are warning the United States that Morsi is no friend of ours

    I figured that out before the previous Egyptian dictator, who was not our enemy, was ousted.  The Arab spring springs into action and it won’t work in our favor.