Egypt: farewell democracy, hello President Sisi

Egypt voted for Morsi and his Islamic rule: but the West has happily watched the military retake control

Column LAST UPDATED AT 10:00 ON Fri 9 May 2014

SO, the ‘Arab Spring’, a phrase as misleading as ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’, and just as uncritically adopted by Western policy-makers, is grinding to a grisly halt just about everywhere.

Libya is a mess.  In Syria, those who fought against President Assad have just surrendered Aleppo to government forces.  And, perhaps most disappointing of all to the fantasists in the Foreign Office, Egypt has come full circle: the Arab Spring there has turned out to be merely a political Groundhog Day, exchanging one brutal military dictatorship for another.  In elections to be held at the end of May, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will be elected president by those who can be bothered to vote.  

A popular uprising in 2012 managed to unseat the air force general Hosni Mubarak and paved the way for a general election, won convincingly (as most people expected) by the Freedom and Justice Party allied to the Muslim Brotherhood.  Mohammed Morsi was duly elected president and then set about doing what the Muslim Brotherhood had promised and what people of his worldview tend to do everywhere - he embarked enthusiastically on a programme of Islamification.

These programmes tend to be similar whether applied to schools in Birmingham or to an entire country like Egypt.  Sharia law becomes supreme and anyone who stands in the way is removed – allegedly through clever and persistent micro-intimidation in Birmingham’s schools, or more energetically in Egypt under Morsi’s rule.  But Morsi had a clear mandate for his actions, winning a two-horse run-off by a bigger margin (51.7 per cent) than President Obama did in 2012 (51.06 per cent).

In Egypt it would seem that there are large numbers of people who vote happily for the Muslim Brotherhood.  It’s the way they are.   They want to live in a traditional Islamic society.  Yet to the horror and distaste of the liberal Western elite they fail the burka versus bikini test. As a result the United States and its poodle the UK acquiesced in a military coup against Morsi.

Heavy-duty Islamists may be an unsavoury crew but Egypt’s current military regime is hardly any better.  Thousands of supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood have been arrested and are no doubt being treated roughly – we got a glimpse of how the Egyptian Secret Police went about its business during the demonstrations against Mubarak in 2012.

In March an Egyptian judge sentenced 529 men to death for the murder of a police officer. On 28 April the same judge condemned another 683 men in a separate case to be hanged.  This exceeds the number of death sentences imposed by Hitler’s favourite judge, Roland Friesler, after the 20th July Plot.  

Morsi is currently on trial for a range of offences, including espionage - extraordinary given that the coup against him was probably coordinated between the USA and the Saudis.  Like Charles I’s opening words at his trial in 1649 - “I would know by what power I am called hither” - Morsi has refused to recognise the legitimacy of the court.  When asked his occupation he stated simply: “President of Egypt”.  Quite.

Thankfully, non-intervention in the affairs of other countries is a newly invented and already firmly entrenched tradition in British politics.    The vote in the House of Commons on Syria in October 2013 established a new constitutional etiquette – even a small-scale military intervention requires the assent of the House of Commons. People are happy enough for liaison officers from the SAS to assist the efforts to rescue Christian schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria – but that’s about it.

Yet, oddly, our political elite takes an almost imperial attitude in assessing the Egyptian people as incapable of making the right choice in a free and fair election.  Perhaps too many of them have stayed at taxpayers’ expense in the British ambassador’s residence in Cairo, where the entrance hall is dominated by vast, moustachioed, Technicolor portraits of those arch-imperialists Lord Kitchener and General Gordon of Khartoum.

That the people are incapable of choosing wisely is also an idea close to the hearts of a number of villains in the contemporary political pantomime such as Eurocrats and the BBC to name but two.

You would have thought that, even as our influence abroad wanes, we would still be prepared to stick up for democracy.  As Winston Churchill said, “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” · 

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Morsi never mentioned once during his campaign that he will enforce the Sharia Law in Egypt, as a matter of fact during his entire campaign he promised to go by the constitution. There is a difference between an islamic state versus a fanatic state, and a muslim and a terrorist. Sentencing 600. terrorists to death is acceptable, if tables were turned and you had Alqaeda operatives in your country I believe you can be shot trying to justify terrorism and suicide bombings. And if so, why don't you justify it for Hamas and Huzeballah and Alqaeda,, they are all very similar to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

Trying hard and failing to think of a single country south of the usa border where they haven't thrown out democratically elected governments at one time or another in favour of tyrants who they thought they could manipulate.
Number of dead > (and counting) than that of their favourite bogeyman, young adolph.

At the end of the day political systems are just another manifestation of a countries culture, that is they are deeply rooted in cultural assumptions that are native to that country. When you try and impose a political system such as secular democracy whose cultural traditions and values are alien and in some cases deeply hostile to it, don't be surprised if you get surprising and deeply unpleasant results.

Democracy fails in Islamic countries because:

1 The people are held to be sovereign and all law flows from their representatives in assembly. This is deeply antithetical to Islam where sovereignty comes directly from God, therefore democracy is usurping Gods rule which makes it very illegitimate indeed.

2. Every vote cast is equal and every person is equal before the law in secular democracy. This is also deeply problematic as in Islam it is Muslims, especially Muslim men who get to decide the way of things, not Kuffars or women.

Given these contradictions democracy in the Islamic world is on the road to nowhere.

Mubarak was toppled in 2011 not 2012!!

good bye muslim brotherhood terrorists..hello to any thing

WOW where do I start? You Sir are misinformed or ignorant! First of all anti Mubrak revolution was in 2011! Secondly you must be blind because you didn't see the massive 33 million protestors all over Egypt in June 28- July 3 demanding Morsi to leave because he accomplished nothing plus he was pushing Egypt to brink of collapse in every aspect from economy to even Religion where even Radical muslims leaders were sending messages of hate and killing to the opposition of Morsi and calling them "Infadels" or "against Islam." Also Morsi was electing his "people" in the government like the governor of Luxor who had ties to the massacre of tourists 1997 but the people didn't let him in his office and kicked him out of Luxor. In June 30th 2013 the military had no choice but to reside with the Egyptian people but before that the military gave Morsi many warning throughout his year of presidency to listen to the Egyptian people's demands but he never did and the Egyptian people saw that what they did Jan. 25th 2011 is being stolen by the Morsi and his terrorist party. And you are talking about how bad the Military is? look at Syria, the military is on the side of Bashar and not the people and look at what is happening there! In Egypt the Military and the police had to use force against the muslim brotherhood supports for many reasons first they were carrying weapons that they wanted to use agnist the opposition and that was showed during the removal of Raby el adaweya and also it showed how the Muslim brotherhood is terrorist group with the suicide bombs, attacks on civilians, Military bases, police stations and churches but you chose to ignore that. Also, Most of the Egyptian people are on the side of the military's actions with proof when Sisi asked the people to flood the streets to show support to the Military to fight terrorism and then millions of people took the streets to support the military. Lastly, you mentioned the court sentenced hundreds of people to death. None of these sentences are going to take place as most of them if any of the people who were sentenced were present. It was a strategic way to stop these terrorists from their acts and a successful move toward the war on terrorism. The western countries are always parading the term "war on terrorism" to get support and using troops to fight terrorist but when it came to Egypt fighting against terrorism it became a crime? HYPOCRITES!

you sir are an idiot who is misinformed and was luckily given a pen to talk by another idiot. if i was your boss i'd fire you.

it pisses me off that idiots like you have the power to write articles to the public.