July 4, 2013

People-Powered Coup Is No Setback For Democracy In Egypt

The word democracy has been thrown around a lot in relation to the recent explosive events in Egypt. Countries such as Germany have said that the removal of President Morsi via military force and massive public protests is a "setback for democracy."

First of all, Germany and any nation that is part of the dictatorial European Union has no right to speak for democracy since they don't practice it themselves. Get off your high horses, jackasses, and look at reality on the ground in Egypt with open eyes. Democracy does not belong on a pedestal. If the fruit of democracy is an ass like Morsi, then to hell with democracy.

Morsi was not fulfilling the democratic mandate. He was thumbing his nose at the people. He helped write a constitution that heavily favoured radical Islamists in the Muslim Brotherhood and alienated the majority of the country. So he was hardly a defender of democracy.

The fact that Morsi and his party came to power through a democratic election does not justify him gutting the youth-led revolution and using his position to call for a holy war in Syria, which the Egyptian people are against.

I've heard organizers of the protests say that the election that brought Morsi to power was fraudulent and illegitimate, so how do we know for sure that they were done fairly and freely in the first place?

The only reason countries like Germany, Turkey, and others are calling this a full-blown military coup is because they don't like the political outcome that the will of the Egyptian people has produced. They wanted their boys to stay in power despite the fact that the majority of Egyptians hated their guts.

We know for a fact that the Muslim Brotherhood was supported in its inception by Washington to counter the secular nationalist left in the Arab world. They were supported in the post-Mubarak/Arab Spring era by countries such as Turkey, Qatar, and other undemocratic nations that are currently doing everything to destroy Syria, the only secular Arab republic left in the Muslim world.

So, please, stop the bullshit about this being a "setback for democracy." It isn't. It's a win for freedom and democracy because Morsi was not building the institutions and crafting the laws that are needed to create a long-term democratic and just state. The sooner he was thrown out the better because he was doing tremendous damage to the Egyptian state, the Egyptian economy, and the Egyptian people.

I wrote last year that, "Washington's new Islamist pawns in power in the Arab world could become very unpopular and an anti-Islamist coalition may rise and defeat them."

The Egyptian people should not listen to the outside world and continue their sincere efforts to build an independent, moderate, just, and democratic state.

Leaders and governments of the outside world, everybody from Washington to Germany to Turkey, should stop pretending to speak for "democracy." Egypt is not their country to lecture. Democracy is not their child to raise. The future is not theirs prize to give and take away.