November 30, 2012

Morsi and the Revolutionary Trap

Hazem Kandil, The Guardian

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The barrage of international criticism against President Mohamed Morsi's latest constitutional declaration, which places him above the law, oversimplifies Egypt's situation and largely comes down to one sentiment: "I told you so." The dark forces of Islamism have reneged on their commitment to democracy (as everyone expected), and are being fought tooth and nail by the gallant supporters of liberty and legality. How much simpler can it get?

Just a scratch beneath the surface reveals that this newest wave in the two-year turmoil is yet another byproduct of the paradox that has haunted the revolt from the start: how can a regime be overthrown using the very same crooked laws and legal agencies it had set up for its own protection?

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TAGGED: Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt, Mohamed Morsi


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