December 19, 2012

Illusions About Egypt's Islamist Future

Jonathan Tobin, Commentary Magazine

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The outcome of the constitutional referendum may be foreordained, but it may be the last chance Egyptians will have to stop the imposition of Islamist rule. The opposition to the Brotherhood might have benefited from strong U.S. pressure on Morsi to back down on his putsch, but it never happened. Like Tom Friedman, the president and Secretary of State Clinton are still pretending that Islamism and democracy are compatible. They aren’t and that is a reality that will haunt American Middle East policy for decades to come.

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TAGGED: Middle East, Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Morsi, Egypt


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