Egyptian Protesters Tell Morsi He Went Too Far

So that Arab Spring is working out great. And how about President Mohamed Morsi?

From the New York Times:

With a constitutional assembly on the brink of collapse and protesters battling the police in the streets over the slow pace of change, President

  1. Albert Arthur

    Luckily, President Obama and Secretary Clinton are taking a clear stand against Morsi’s power grab, just like they did when Honduran President Manuel Zelaya tried to circumvent his country’s Constitution. Oh, wait…

  2. The Mugwump

    I would expect a military coup followed by a protracted campaign to suppress the Muslim Brotherhood as per the old order.  Billions of dollars in graft await the man who can claw his way to the top.  

  3. PJS

    Surprise, surprise.  Maybe Twitter and Facebook can help.

  4. Nick Stuart

    Shall we organize a pool on how long it will take for Morsi & The Muslim Brotherhood to ruthlessly suppress dissent and consolidate their hold on power?

  5. Robert Dammers

    One can only pray for wisdom and courage for the protesters.

  6. Pilli

    We have two versions of the “Arab Spring” before us.  Which will the Obama administration and Europe support?

  7. Umbra Fractus

    Insert Casablanca quote here. You know which one.

  8. bagehot99

    Smart Diplomacy is confusing! Especially, it seems, for its practicioners.

    Hillary should get out now, while the getting’s good. Because this isn’t going to end well, and Obama certainly won’t step up and own it – unless Hillary can wrap it round his neck in her gracious stepping-down remarks.

    These people are rank amateurs with an insanely-elevated sense of their own moral and intellectual superiority. Libya and Egypt have gone from relatively stable to dangerously unstable, and we have gained precisely nothing in the process. In fact, less than nothing, because Egypt has reactivated their meddling in Israel.

    Heckuva job, Bammy!

  9. R. Craigen

    On the face of things, comparing this to the Sowell clip Peter posted shortly after this, the Egyptian people are showing more sense than the American people when it comes to presidents who simply co-opt power and thumb their noses at constitutional balance of powers.  Or perhaps Morsi is not as polished as Obama in the arrogation of those powers.

  10. BlueAnt

    They knocked together a democracy based on popular uprisings, protests, and violence.  They are now governing via popular uprisings, protests, and violence.

    Borrowing some terminology:  This is not a bug. System Working As Intended.

    The US and Europe spent the last 400 years learning the problems with populism as a political force.  You would think we would’ve shared such helpful info around.

  11. SpinozaCarWash
    BlueAnt: They knocked together a democracy based on popular uprisings, protests, and violence.  They are now governing via popular uprisings, protests, and violence.

    I think it’s good when people respond violently to power grabs.

  12. BlueAnt
    Gouverneur Morris

    I think it’s good when people respond violently to power grabs. 

    So long as the response is proportional to the grab, that’s not unreasonable.

    Egyptian democracy was founded on the expectation that the people respond violently (or dramatically, depending on how you rate the protests) when they are pushed too far.  They are being pushed hard now by their president, and have reacted accordingly.  Thus, the system is working as designed.

    Every democracy doesn’t have to look like American democracy.  Individual nations should mold it to fit their pre-existing institutions, just like the American Founders molded democracy around British common law, traditional colonial freedoms, and Protestant social institutions.

    Remember all the questions in 2002, whether Islam is compatible with democracy and liberty?  That was never a question the West could answer out of intellectual study; it was a question that needed to be answered through experience.  

    The Egyptians are now answering the question for themselves.  Good for them, and I mean that sincerely.

    (Mind you, Western history could have told them populist, revolutionary governments are not very reliable.  But again, some lessons will only be accepted through experience.)

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