Egypt Crisis

This is all one hears about in the news just now.  The crack-down by the military was something to be expected. The brutality of how they acted however was surprising. It’s not easy to understand how such violence can be justified.

I’m no supporter of the Islamic Brotherhood and I think it’s a good thing that Mr Morsi was ousted from government.  Religion and Politics don’t mix and it will always lead to trouble when religious fanatics are allowed into power.

Sure, Mr Morsi was elected, he got 51.7 percent while the opposition leader Shafik received only 48.3 percent.  Shafik was considered to be Mubarak’s man, a symbol and left-over of the corruption of the previous government.  It was a vote between two evils of which Mr Morsi might have been considered the lesser one.

In hindsight it is obvious that Mr Morsi was not a man of the people but the Muslim Brotherhood.  That half of the country voted against him was most likely not because of political reasons but because they didn’t want the islamisation of their country to go even further.

A democracy cannot be footed on religion because religion is always divisive.  Religion splits people into two groups: them and us.  It is black and white and those that are not with them are automatically enemies.  Religious leaders might not admit to this publicly, trying to spin us into a woolly coating of deceitful hogwash about how charitable they are, but the reality is that when religion is in power it eventually always becomes oppressive not tolerating any opposition.

According to religion, tolerance is for the weak-minded unbelievers.  True believers will not tolerate anybody who dares to oppose their idea of god.  In the West we experienced this madness through the Catholic church for hundreds of years caused immense suffering, destroying the lives of many who dared to voice discontent, not even shrinking back from some of the worst types of torture.  All in the name of a ‘compassionate’ god.  Eventually we liberated ourselves from this oppression and entered an era of freedom, a freedom which unfortunately is eroding because we let it happen.

The West will likely try to demand for new elections and ask to give room for the Islamic Brotherhood.  In my opinion this is a mistake.  Radical groups like the Islamic Brotherhood should be banned from participating in the political arena.  Anybody who wants to be president must be able to not only represent those who elected him but also those who didn’t.

The finger to blame for what’s happening in Egypt at the moment rests on Mr Morsi.  If he had not allowed his religious inclinations to dominate his politic the people would have had no reason to go to the streets.  His decision to put himself above judicial oversight and attempt to elevate the Islamic-led upper house led to fears that he will become an autocratic leader like Mubarak was, infringing further on personal liberties, and on top of this marginalising minority Christians and women.

Mr Morsi has betrayed democracy by his actions and it was right to oust him out of government.  And how could he have acted differently without going against his own fundamental beliefs? There is no way that anybody can be a democratic president who fundamentally believes that a book is written by a god and above criticism.

Mr Morsi was technically an elected president, the reality however is that he should never have stood for election in the first place because Mr Morsi does not belief in democracy.  He abused the democratic process in the same way as Mubarak did.  Egypt is still very far from democracy.


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