Mubarak had to go. Barack Hussein Obama and
Huma Hillary Rodham Clinton told us he had to go. Because he was a dictator. Because in the name of the fresh, springtime Arabic democracy movement and for all freedom-loving people everywhere, he had to go.
After the fall of Mubarak, there followed the Egyptian elections. See if you just have elections, then you have democracy. Do you recall the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, where they used to regularly have elections? Yes, Democracy at its finest, wasn’t it? So here we are, in the modern-day Middle East, fresh on the heels of the glorious Arab Spring, in which the death toll is around, oh, a couple hundred thousand so far, and democracy is working so well in Egypt that it’s duly- elected leader has plenty of time and energy left over to support the wildly democratic notion of a terrorist theocracy – Hamas.
Yes, the ‘Islamist leader’, Morsi of Egypt. Duly elected. What could go wrong? This. This could go wrong:
With a constitutional assembly on the brink of collapse and protesters battling the police in the streets over the slow pace of change, President Mohamed Morsi issued a decree on Thursday granting himself broad powers above any court as the guardian of Egypt’s revolution, and used his new authority to order the retrial of Hosni Mubarak.
See, in democracies, “leaders” issue “decrees”. Decrees are part of the ‘transition’ process, dontchaknow?
Mr. Morsi, an Islamist and Egypt’s first elected president, portrayed his decree as an attempt to fulfill popular demands for justice and protect the transition to a constitutional democracy.
Issuing “decrees” and putting onself “above any court” are just protecting democracy, say the Islamist
theocr democrats. But if you think Obama, Clinton and their willing accomplices in the US government, and other governments, are somewhat naive, you must remember that no one could have seen this Egyptian thing devolving into a power grab. If it isn’t just a “transition”, and it goes badly for democracy, then you have to remember that we just have no experience or frame of reference for things like this. No history on the darned thing, doggone it. Nobody could have seen it coming. No historical precedent for an “Islamic leader” becoming a dictator, and, um, supporting terrorism. And, um, quashing challenges to his decrees with an iron fist. Putting himself above some ridiculous, secular court, or ridiculous secular constitutional assembly . Like, WHO KNEW?, man.
So should we care whether Egypt has a Mubarak or a Morsi? Whether whoever leads Egypt is called a dictator (or in the case of Persia, a ‘shah’) or an “Islamist leader”? Well, probably if we have an embassy there, like we used to in Persia, in 1979, we might want to care. Aside from that, well it’s their country.
If you are Israel, however, you used to perhaps take some comfort in the fact that you were surrounded by Arabic dictators. Now you are fast becoming completely surrounded by ……Islamist leaders. If this “transition” in Egypt doesn’t go well, your anxiety level will no doubt increase. You might have to sometime in the future fall back on the kindness of kings……named Abdullah. We of the United States have nothing to offer you at the present time except a dictator who sympathizes with Islamist leaders.