Trouble flared in Egypt and protests threatened to turn into riots as an audacious extension of his powers by President
Mubarack Morsi, leader of the Muslim brotherhood returned the country to the kind of despotic rule it endured under Nasser, Sadat and Mubarack. So Egypt is exactly back where it was under the regime that western leaders like Obama, Cameron, Sarkozy, Merkel, Barroso and Ban Ki Moon were so eager to overthrow and replace with a free, democratically elected Islamic theocracy.
One again Little Nicky Machiavelli has to say, I told you so.
How has Barack Obama;a Arab Spring thing worked out for the west so far? Well, we bombed one dictator out of power in Libya, which set that nation free to have terrorist networks, gangsters and tribal warlords openly operate and control the eastern part of the country, which resulted in the sacking of our consulate in Benghazi, and the deaths of four American diplomats. In Egypt, we started to push the longtime ally of the west out of power after just eight days of fairly peaceful protests, and then insisted on early elections in which only the radical Muslim Brotherhood could organize effectively. now the freely elected Mulsim Brotherhood president has given himself absolute control over the government and the military.
But hey, in the fight for freeman moxy it’s always worth suffering a little fascistic tyranny on the way and at least Egypt has a transitional democracy, right?
Erm … wrong.
(from Arab news agency anaonline via Associated Press) Egypt’s president on Thursday issued constitutional amendments that placed him above judicial oversight and ordered the retrial of Hosni Mubarak for the killing of protesters in last year’s uprising.
Mohammed Morsi also decreed immunity for the Islamist-dominated panel drafting a new constitution from any possible court decisions to dissolve it, a threat that had been hanging over the controversial assembly.
The Egyptian leader also decreed that all decisions he has made since taking office in June and until a new constitution is adopted and a new parliament is elected which is not expected before next spring are not subject to appeal in court or by any other authority. He also barred any court from dissolving the Islamist-led upper house of parliament, a largely toothless body that has also faced court cases.
But aren’t these just window-dressing issues, you might well ask? After all Morsi is still accountable under the law, unlike that monstrous despot Hosni Mubarak, who only represented the interests of American capitalists Morsi is still constrained by the new democratic law that the Muslim Brotherhood ushered into Cairo in the Arab Spring.
Al Jazeera via Politico: The moves effectively remove any oversight on Morsi, the longtime Muslim Brotherhood figure who became Egypt’s first freely elected president last summer after the Feb. 11, 2011 fall of autocrat Hosni Mubarak. They come as Morsi is riding high on lavish praise from President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for mediating an end to eight days of fighting between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers.
Morsi not only holds executive power, he also has legislative authority after a previous court ruling just before he took office on June 30 dissolved the powerful lower house of parliament, which was led by the Brotherhood. With two branches of power in his hands, Morsi has had repeated frictions with the third, the judiciary, over recent months.
“Morsi today usurped all state powers & appointed himself Egypt’s new pharaoh, pro-reform leader Mohamed El Baradei wrote on his Twitter account. “A major blow to the revolution that could have dire consequences.
We have gone very rapidly from having in control of Egypt, a strategically important nation of 90 million people, a US / EU friendly dictator whose regime stank of tyranny but managed to keep a lid on the Muslim Brotherhood and other extremists and enforced the peace treaty with Israel, to having in charge of the Suez Canal a dictator from the Muslim Brotherhood who wants to wipe Israel off the map and see Sharia law imposed over millions of secular Arabs. And the only people who couldn’t predict this very obvious outcome were the incompetent, narcissistic bell end in the White House who proclaimed foreign policy as “smart power and the European sycophants who abandoned common sense in order to suck up to him.
Now how did that song from The Who go? What did they tell us should be our marching slogan? Won’t get fooled again?
But we did. We always get fooled because we trust our leaders, the professions, the media and big business too readily. And they are all totally dishonest. Don’t beat yourselves up too much though (unless you voted for global jihad and World War 3. We don’t have a lot of choice. Prising the fingers of the international; elite from the control levers will be a long, slow process.