Brain Bush’s Blog

Morsy's Demise

  • By : Brian Bush
  • July 5, 2013
  • 12:13 pm

Greetings All,

The results of the last couple days are promising for the reform of Egypt.

When one surveys the opinions in the western media, the term coup is often used for the Egyptian military's actions.

However, the military did not initiate this action – on the contrary, the military leaders took the step to avert violent confrontation and perhaps civil war. It was not a coup. It was not an overthrow, sudden or violent in nature.

The people of Egypt took their voices to the streets for two weeks – more if you look back over the months.

It is, as one person put it, the lesser of two evils for the good of Egypt.

By removing Mr. Morsy from power, the military is seeking the stability and repair of the country.

They never said they will rule, but met the political, religious, youth and opposition leaders, to create structure for the interim period of transition to a new constitution and a new election for leadership.

Note too, that Egypt's military told the sides to reconcile their differences for the sake of the people a full 48 hours before taking action.

Morsy defied that call, until the moment that the deadline expired and the military made good on their statement. If he was going to reconcile – if he was prepared to compromise and listen finally to the demands of the people, then he had time – and even the whole year, to do so.

Democratic elections did bring Mr. Morsy into power, but recall that it was a runoff election between him and an old figure from the Mubark era who Egyptians rejected because they just revolted from the Mubark reign. Morsy was the only alternative.

Once elected, he rushed through a constitution, not fully created or vetted by the institutions in Egypt. He pushed out the military and elements of the judicial system, and tried to reshape parliament.

He did not show bold leadership to tackle the ailing Egyptian economy. He had a flush economic aid package offered from the UN but would not push through the reforms in order to obtain it, as not to upset his power base.

As a result, fuel subsidies never came and the prices shot up with the decline of import and reserves.

Mr. Morsy's inability to attract international monetary support to prop up his government was due, not to the international community's lack of compassion, but rather to Morsy's lack of cooperation and vision of reform for the good of Egypt's future.

And lastly, as one who was democratically elected, he did not rule democratically when he installed his own Muslim Brotherhood figures into power across Egypt.

The people remembered that the Muslim Brotherhood in the revolution in 2011, said they would not run for office – only to see them take over upper and lower Egypt through the decisions of Morsy.

This lack of institutional respect, economic inaction, and the reshaping of Egypt to an Islamic state over the last year has resulted in Mr. Morsy's demise.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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