Another nail in the coffin as Egypt takes a giant step towards becoming another Iran!
The Obama Administration was so eager to get rid of longtime Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak. As the Arab Spring came to Egypt two years ago hardly a day went by when Obama didn't head to the microphones and demand Mubarak's ouster. When he finally got his wish, he hailed it as a new era of freedom, democracy and peace in the Middle East.
Many warned that the Muslim Brotherhood was waiting in the wings to take over from the democracy activists who gullible journalists presented as the face of a new Egypt. We were told that the Brotherhood were not so bad and that fears of an Islamic dictatorship in the world's largest Arab country were unfounded.
But as the Muslim Brotherhood pushed aside secular democracy activists we've seen one act after another which indicates the true intentions that many warned about all along. Last week, the latest, and perhaps the biggest shoe to drop came when President Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood, declared that his decisions were no longer subject to legal challenge. This is a power that Hosni Mubarak could only have dreamed of possessing. Morsi also declared that there could be no challenge to the decisions of a committee drawing up a new constitution.
With no ability to challenge the new constitution, Morsi's power grab lays the foundation for an Islamist dictatorship in Egypt very similar to Iran.
Morsi claims that these powers will be "temporary," but history shows that once a leader grabs absolute power he cannot give it up without also surrendering his life. At least when Hitler declared himself "Fuhrer" in Germany, he didn't lie about the measure being temporary.
Less than four years after Obama took office we find the Middle East on fire and in political disarray with all indicators pointing to a future that is not in the interests of the United States and peace. Obama's failure of leadership is much to blame. God forbid the damage that he will do in the next four years. Oh well, when that dark future arrives don't say we didn't warn you!
UPDATE: Con Coughlin at the Daily Telegraph (UK) examines the parallels between Morsi's radicalization of Egypt and that of Iran's path to extremism. Only one thing Couglin missed. The parallels between a naïve, weak president named Jimmy Carter and the same in Barack Obama.failed U.S. policy aided both Iran and Egypt's turn to radicalism.