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Staging a coup in Egypt to remove an elected government was not good. Shooting the protestors fighting the coup was and is not good. However, I believe the protestors are not fighting for the restoration of democracy in Egypt. My best research is that they want the return of the Islamist regime that had suspended the rule of law. The best solution to the violence in Egypt, therefore, would be an agreement to hold new open and secure elections soon. Perhaps next time around, the people will not elect a despot, but if they do, will the free choice of free people prevail?

The world hailed the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt that resulted in that county's very first elected government. The hope for civil society in that mythic land was palpable.

Sadly, that elected government turned despotic, triggering a coup, which in turn triggered protests against the coup. Now Egypt is being drenched in bloodshed.

What is the best solution for the madness in Egypt today? We may wish to condemn the military for staging a coup to remove an elected government. We may wish to condemn the military for shooting protestors demanding the restoration of an elected government. Such blanket condemnations, however, would ignore important facts.

Based on my research into the Muslim Brotherhood, I believe the protestors from that organization are not demanding a return to democracy. I have become convinced that tThey want to restore the Islamist regime that had suspended the rule of law. If their protests succeed in restoring Morsi and his followers to power, reason and evidence suggests that the injustices which prompted the coup will resume, but this time the actions of the regime would be fueled by vengeance.

There really are no clear-cut good guys and bad guys in the current Egyptian mayhem. Neither the military nor the Muslim Brotherhood are blameless in creating today's mess.

The best solution, in my opinion, would be a suspension of hostilities under a balanced agreement to hold new free and fair elections at a specified date in the near future. The voting ideally would occur under international supervision to ensure the election is not stolen by any faction.

Rather than asking our own national governments to take sides in the Egyptian contest, let's join the emerging call for the sensible solution of open and secure new elections.

My personal hope would be that, given a second chance, the people of Egypt will not again elect an Islamist government ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood. I do not favor theocracy in any guise, not matter what religion is in charge.

However, if the Egyptian people want to elect despotic leaders, which in my view would continue the generational authority addiction inherited from ancient days, we must honor their wishes. At some point, I trust, the Egyptian people will show us all how global sense can guide us to choose the mature freedom of responsible self government.

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    sandbox, HeyMikey

    Judah Freed, Author, THE DAWN OF GLOBAL SENSE http://GlobalSense.com.

    by Judah Freed on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 10:33:47 PM PDT

  •  Maybe it's best to wait a while before (1+ / 0-)
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    kickass

    the next election.  And Obama, McCain and the State Dept. should stop lecturing the new Egyptian government.

  •  Rushing through a new election (1+ / 0-)
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    HeyMikey

    will probably repeat the events after the last election and result in continued turbulence in that country.

    Egypt should take its time to do it right. Stabilizing the country and getting the economy and tourism going again must come first.

    Then, steps such as:
    - write a robust constitution with equal rights and protections for all minorities
    - work out steps for creating stable democracy-supporting institutions
    - allow all parties and entities enough time to get organized for elections,
    etc, need to precede new elections.

    •  Getting tourism going, (0+ / 0-)

      I'm not sure about... That might take a while... But everything else spot on.

      PARTICULARLY, the issue of a constitution. This was the key failure the first time around. Checks and balances need to be in place before anything else.

  •  "Buyer's remorse" at electing Islamists (2+ / 0-)
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    kickass, HeyMikey

    is sweeping not just Egypt, but Tunisia and Libya.

    It turns out Islamist parties by their very nature can't be expected to abide by the values of democratic pluralism. They are compelled to build theocratic regimes.

     

  •  I'm sure there will be new elections in Egypt (1+ / 0-)
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    HeyMikey

    and they'll be as free and fair as all of the ones held during the Mubarak era.

    Why, they simply have to be: they'll be controlled by the same authorities.

    Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

    by corvo on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 06:50:52 AM PDT

    •  Nail hit on head. And more... (0+ / 0-)

      Exactly. The issue is not just whether there are elections; the issue is under what conditions.

      At the time of the coup, Egypt’s new rulers promised speedy moves towards a new constitution and new elections.
      http://www.economist.com/...
      Obama asks Graham, McCain to travel to Egypt, push for new elections

      Associated Press | Posted on Jul 31, 2013

      Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain have been asked by President Barack Obama to travel to Egypt next week to urge the military to move ahead on new elections, the senators said on Tuesday.

      http://ibnlive.in.com/...

      Will the candidates be chosen freely by the populace, via some kind of primary & runoff system? Or will some authority like the Supreme Court or the military disqualify candidates it doesn't like?

      Will there be recall procedures? If the constitution had allowed a recall election of Morsi, we wouldn't be where we are now.

      Will the votes be counted fairly?

      Will the military's new constitution be (supposedly) permanent? Or will the new constitution be drafted via a democratically selected body?

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 11:16:16 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Coup was illegal not ungood. (0+ / 0-)

    I object to the tone of this diary on grounds that the author is trying to appear even-handed while actually supporting the coup. Morsi is the legitimate elected head of state of Egypt. Regardless of whether one agrees with his politics, his removal by military force was a criminal act. U.S. law requires that all aid to Egypt be suspended until the coup is reversed and civilian rule is restored. Holding another election to give a veneer of legitimacy to the coup will not solve anything. Military rule is the problem. When Jean Bertrand Aristide was overthrown by a military coup, Bill Clinton insisted that the coup be reversed and Aristide restored to power. Why should Egypt be any different? Why shouldn't Morsi be restored to power? If that is impossible, then why should we as Americans continue to support this regime? Our primary concern should be protecting our own people from terrorism, and if we are seen as the reason why people in Egypt are denied democracy, we will be targets in years to come.

    •  The Military, (0+ / 0-)

      while most certainly not a force for good and most certainly not to be trusted with its self-declared task of "restoring democracy," is unfortunately the reality that Egypt (and we) are dealing with.

      Egypt is not Haiti. It is grotesquely unrealistic to believe that Morsi is coming back. It is grotesquely unrealistic to think that Obama has the political leverage necessary to bring him back. The ONLY thing that will bring him back is if Egyptians start demanding this in the streets on some massive scale (a couple sit-ins at Rabaa and Cairo University don't count)... Hasn't happened yet... And won't happen.

      Politics is a team sport and it is a game of having to work with the cards you're dealt. Hence the very TEPID liberal Egyptian support for the coup and the Military we're seeing right now... DESPITE their being at extreme political odds with SCAF for the last two years (and before) and DESPITE the extreme risk that they might be inadvertently helping to prop up the old regime. This support will change very soon, I suspect.

      What should the U.S. do? Well, that depends on what it wants to achieve out of the situation. If the U.S.'s intention is to curb terrorism directed at its own people (I don't buy that, but OK), the best thing to do would be to sit on the sidelines, shut up, and see where this goes. Pulling aid, means we no longer get to  have any influence and we let Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., SCAF themselves, etc. call all the shots. Coming out emphatically in favour of the coup, stirs even more anti-American sentiment within the remaining pro-Morsi crowd and there is plenty of indication that the fringes of this crowd are easily influenced into engaging in terrorist activity. Damned if we do. Damned if we don't. The time for the U.S. to act is not now.

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