5 Things the Muslim Brotherhood’s ‘Countercoup’ Tells Us About Egypt

President Mohamed Morsy's recent actions in Egypt is telling of the country's state of affairs — and the continuing struggle among its power players

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Supporters raise a poster of Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsy as they celebrate in Tahrir Square, birthplace of the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak 18 months ago, in Cairo on Aug. 12, 2012

5. For Egypt’s Civilian Politicians, the Choice Is Military Rule or Compromise with Detested Rivals

Morsy has made a bold move to roll back military influence over the process of writing a new constitution and governing the country, but it will succeed only if he manages to secure a broad consensus in the political class for those changes. If the Muslim Brotherhood is seen by its rivals to repeat the mistakes of the past year by seeking once again to monopolize power over the constitution-writing process and in governing the country, many liberal and other secularist elements will remain alienated from the political process, creating space and a measure of political legitimacy for the judges and generals to reassert their own authority in the guise of serving as custodians of secularism.

To create the necessary broad political consensus, Morsy would have to challenge the instincts and track record of his own party and live up to his promises to govern on behalf of all Egyptians by restraining the Muslim Brotherhood’s instinct to seek control over the political process. “The deeply rooted fears of the Muslim Brotherhood, fueled by recognition of their popular strength and doubts about their democratic convictions, prevents any easy [celebration of Morsy's moves as a victory for democracy] in many quarters. That’s why the next few weeks will be crucial, as Morsy makes clear what kind of constitutional process he really intends and as the military and the anti-Islamist trends in Egyptian politics weigh their next moves.”

For those anti-Islamist forces, the challenge is the same: they’re never going to love or trust the Muslim Brotherhood, but nor are they ever going to achieve a democratic transition in Egypt without acknowledging that the Islamists playing the central role is, in fact, the verdict of the electorate.

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Muhammad Khizir Farooqi
Muhammad Khizir Farooqi

It is totally wrong to assume that  ISLAM amp; TERRORISM ARE SAME. In fact they poles apart. Both can not go together. Islam strictly prohibit killing of a person where as terrorist killings are at random amp; indiscriminate. The Qur'an (The holy book of Muslims ) says, " the one who kills a man kills the Humanity" A terrorist can not be Muslim.   Mohamed Mursy being a Muslim, he could not support a terrorist or terrorism in any manner. He must be given time to implement his agenda as he is a democratically elected President like Barrack Obama of US. If he is given due support he could easily bring lasting peace in the turmoil Middle East which US failed to achieve even after war in Iraq amp; Afghanistan. The Prophet Muhammad in his last said,

"O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I don't know whether,

after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore

listen to what I am saying to you carefully and

TAKE THIS WORDS

TO THOSE WHO COULD NOT BE PRESENT HERE TODAY.

O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as

Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a

sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful

owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that

you will indeed meet your LORD, and that HE will indeed reckon

your deeds.

 O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to

your women, but they also have right over you. If they abide by

your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed

in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for

they are your partners and comitted helpers.

YOU ARE ALL

EQUAL. NOBODY HAS SUPERIORITY OVER OTHER EXCEPT BY PIETY AND GOOD

ACTION.

Remember, one day you will appear before ALLAH and answer for your

deeds. So beware, do not astray from the path of righteousness

after I am gone.

cammo99
cammo99

It is amazing all the omnmissions of Islam in an article that is about the ascendence of Islam.  when noting Sadat was gunned diown it failed to note Sadat was murdered by some of the supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood that are now running the country.  A number of Islamic states on the UN Human Rights commission only last year tried to pass a resolution making it universally illegal and a crime to criticize Islam.  The Islamic assault on free speech and expression reached America when they sent a rep to meet with Hillary.  It is as if that resoliution already has tacit authroity and the only news we are getting is by willful ommissin by western media outlets to become Shariah Ccompliant.  no wonder they missed the onset of Egypt's Arab Spring, the rise of the Muslim Broterhood, Morsi's affiliations with the Brotherhood,   and all the rest.  Coverage of these events has been horrible: Shariah compliant horrible.

YehudaElyada
YehudaElyada

The alternative 5 take-away lessons:

1.     Democracy doesn’t come without a deep cultivation of the populace in the paradigm of Equality, Justice, Respect to minority rights, rejection of coercion as an acceptable means to political ends, love of universal peace, personal life and human dignity. In Egypt, the “intellectual Strata” is not committed to these essentials; especially it is hostile to the peace with Israel – so no chance for democracy.

2.    Do not get carried away with Western reporters’ interpretation of the reality. This tribe usually sings in unison, making sure they are politically correct, with no critical, objective evaluation of the real state of affairs. At best, they reflect the propaganda their sources want to disseminate.

3.      Things are never what you see on TV. Real power struggles take place where no camera is allowed, and no journalist is welcomed. Simple explanations are illusions, at least in countries where “transparent government” is oxymoron. The demonstrators in the square might be sincere, but they do no express the wish of the powerful.

4.     Politics is made within the cultural framework of the society. In the ME, the political culture is purely Machiavellian. No trick is too base, no deception is out of limit, and no behavior is too gross when the government is the prize. And the general population believes that it’s the natural flow of politics and there is no hope in resisting the practice.

5.    Never underestimate the power of religion. Least of all, the power of Islam. This is the only major religion that did not relinquish its hold on its practitioners to allow liberal ideas take roots. When any religion is not challenged by competing ideology, it will eventually convert honest national feelings into religio-fascist fundamentalism.   

Ali Baba
Ali Baba

the move is not urprise .it is initial step to covert the country into islamic state . it will be worst than iran. themuslim brotherhood has a vicious aganda. their vicious agenda will destroy the country aturn it into anarchy such hppen in afgnstan  and sudan . so wlcome to the jungle. the country which name egypt is dead

Amr Azim
Amr Azim

Interesting about - # 4: Egypt’s Institutions Are Weak and Lack Legitimacy - WELL DAH! A REVOLUTION JUST HAPPENED - HOW MANY YEARS DID THE USA STOOD ON THEIR OWN FEET WHEN WE HAD OUR REVOLUTION FROM THE BRITISH - I BELIEVE 16 YEARS.

WELL, IF MY MATH IS CORRECT - THE REVOLUTION IN EGYPT JUST HAPPENED A YEAR AGO - 2011 - DO THE MATH - AND LETS VISIT EGYPT AGAIN IN THE YEAR 2027......THEN WE CAN JUDGE IF EGYPT'S INSTITUTIONS ARE WEAK AND LACK LEGITIMACY!

Amr Azim
Amr Azim

That is the worst article about Egypt ever!

Deadarab
Deadarab

All arab Apologize For The Sins Of islam amp; its terrorist violence.

All arabian people said:

All islamic people apologize to all Human Beings for all muslim violence. And we all arab have to make responsible for the Sins of islam. Our arabian prophets are NOT a president. All islamic rules and its past histories are NOT perfect always have its wrongs. The islam have been survived by the real truth from outside islam.

People in Different Geological conditions amp; languages create so many names of local God to survive likes the word of 'Allah' is Our arabian Local God Not Global. That is why the islamic ego is wrong at all that is the monotheism’s egoistic wrongs.

Find the real truth outside the islamic books. Heaven is in your heart. Because inside you there are the house for all truth. It is true that islam is just the past prophets imagination to sustain lives on this world. We all islamic people are Shame for all islamic ego and our selves to be punished by our death.

Sincerely,

All arab Apologize.

Amr Azim
Amr Azim

You are very uneducated and an idiot!

wdmll
wdmll

And all of this is happening on Obama's watch. We don't have to ponder, what the Middle East and Africa will look like if Barack Hussein Obama, gets another four years.

123xxy
123xxy

What surprises me is that the "Top Advisers" of Obama (and others!) have not seen, and still cannot see, that the MB have started infiltrating their own people more than 30 years ago in ALL institutions including the military. That's why it is not surprising what happened with Tantawi and Annan and the army has not reacted. Very naive to think that the army "may" do something in the future. This plan was prepared by the MB long time ago for this day.

wandmdave
wandmdave

to be honest this seems like the best thing that could happen.  It seems like the major political players are reaching a stalemate which is the only arrangement which can potentially lead to some form of democracy.  If either side amasses the most of the power there is no need to share power and compromise and so they, in all likelihood, will not.  That doesn't mean things can't go horribly wrong, that same scenario can lead to a civil war if the evenly match sides cannot form a compromise and as always the stalemate can destabilize.

moderate001
moderate001

I said it yesterday, I (or rather Pete Townsend) will say it again - "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss!"

Viking.
Viking.

What we are witnessing is the establishment of a dangerous Islamic Empire across the Middle-East.

Amit_Atlanta_USA
Amit_Atlanta_USA

Things in Egypt are unfolding exactly as PROPAGATED by our PLAGIARIST anti-American Mr.Fareed Zakaria, who has been singing mighty praises of the "so-called" Arab Spring for consumption of naive Americans.

He has been quitely urging the Egyptians to trash the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty SHAMELESSLY calling it a Treaty between Two Regimes and NOT Two Peoples.

On Iran, Mr. Zakaria has been preparing Muslims world-over for possible confrontation with America, by being the FIRST journalist of repute(!!!) of DECIETFULLY saying that "any attack on Iran  will be seen as yet another attack on the Muslim world by America", which no othetr Muslim leader has claimed. On the contrary, the Saudis have been secretly urging us to do just that by demanding that America "Cut the head off of the snake" (Meaning Iran).

GOD SAVE AMERICA if the plagiarist Mr. Zakaria ever becomes the next US Sec. of State as it's strongly rumoured to be if Obama comes back to power.

Amr Azim
Amr Azim

That will be wonderful - an Islamic Empire!!! - or I should say the return of the Islamic Empire since it already happened before in the past.

Ali Baba
Ali Baba

this will be wonderful when we return to stone age.

Deadarab
Deadarab

All arab Apologize For The Sins Of Wrong islam amp; its terrorist violence.

All arabian people said:

All islamic people apologize to all Human Beings for all muslim violence. And we all arab have to make responsible for the Sins of islam. Our arabian prophets are NOT a president. All islamic rules and its past histories are NOT perfect always have its wrongs. The islam have been survived by the real truth from outside islam.

People in Different Geological conditions amp; languages create so many names of local God to survive like the word of 'Allah' is our arabian Local God Not Global. That is why the islamic ego is wrong at all that is the monotheism’s egoistic wrongs.

Find the real truth outside the islamic books. Heaven is in your heart. Because inside you there are the house for all truth. It is true that islam is just the past prophets imagination to sustain lives on this world. We all islamic people are Shame for all islamic ego and our selves to be punished by our death.

Sincerely,

All arab Apologize

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Talendria
Talendria

I'm inclined to agree with you.  Society is becoming increasingly polarized.  Rich versus poor.  Secular versus religious.  I fear there are dark times ahead.

Swiftright Right
Swiftright Right

I only hope that the survivors do a better job establish stable and just societies then we did.

In the next 20 to  50 years thing are going to  get straight up biblical.

Penny001
Penny001

“It’s never as bad as its seems on Twitter." - That's so true (except in Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Libya.) 

ascpgh
ascpgh

Egypt/Arab Spring 2012: POTUS 44 epic fail. 

If in a tunnel, standing between two parallel metal things which seem to run the length in the space and you see a distant light, if you do not first consider it to be a train you are an idiot, well deserving to be liquified when it hits you for taking the time to rationalize it as the other end of the tunnel, a firefly, another tunnel traveler's flashlight or any other thing.

Obama's naive foreign policy and lead from the rear practice (let others do the heavy lifting) may have its roots in his and his cabinet's esteemed academic resumes, but this is the real world and every thing and event needs to be assessed as the most immediate risk potential first, then for what other lesser possibilities may be the fact. He just aided a Trojan Horse into Egypt and likely destabilized the middle east with this turn of events alone, without even needing to mention his fine diplomacy craft regarding Iran, Afghanistan, Israel and Syria.

RashaM
RashaM

Same arrogance amp; dictatorship over the world, while you claim democracy guys. So you think it's the USA who should control the world and the rest of us are slaves who should only follow the preferences of our master who literally bought us? Who are you to decide for others? Mind your own business. Well then at least have some guts and stop taking the money from the Middle East and the Gulf, pay for your own arrogance. And you wonder why the rest of the world hates you? it's because of people like you, racists and fanatics. If it has to be, then we prefer our own dictators, but not you. This is really sick and so sad to read.

RashaM
RashaM

Same arrogance amp; dictatorship over the world, while you claim democracy guys. So you think it's the USA who should control the world and the rest of us are slaves who should only follow the preferences of our master who literally bought us? Who are you to decide for others? Mind your own business. Well then at least have some guts and stop taking the money from the Middle East and the Gulf, pay for your own arrogance. And you wonder why the rest of the world hates you? it's because of people like you, racists and fanatics. If it has to be, then we prefer our own dictators, but not you. This is really sick and so sad to read.

Ali Baba
Ali Baba

you do not know what you talking abot. Us is not controlling the orld

Man
Man

That is problem with the west, preach democracy and support dictators. practice what you preach. If democracy is not goód for egypt, then shut your mouth. Stop preaching democracy to suit your agenda. If moslem brotherhood wants to destroy their couintry by way of democracy so be it.

Ali Baba
Ali Baba

we are talking about multi standard of islem . they said that they are for democracy .then now they set the stage for dictatorship . it will be worst in the face of history

Deadarab
Deadarab

Being President is Not about quantity but Quality. If a president just has many supporters but Stupid then it only brings fail. Wrong Irrelevant islamic Histories Must Be Punished amp; Destroyed by Its creators or Its followers as their Responsibilities To Apologize For The True Better Futures. Support the Christian President for the future Egypt.

oledtrucker
oledtrucker

why do you blame the president of another nation for them want to get rid of a corrupt,viscious leader ?

or do you prefer a corrupt viscious leader ?

123xxy
123xxy

Because what they do is for their benefit regardless of the results to the people of that country. Let's not talk about democracy because this is only an excuse. If Americans were acting for real good why they approve Saudis actions despite they are  one of the less democratic countries in the world ?? Conclusion: stop destroying other countries and look at the s... and corruption you have in USA

Jardace
Jardace

I prefer corupt leader to mohamedans - who's all philosophy is based , foundeded(!) on denigration and torture of women. That goes especially for so called "good moslims" ( in USA)

oledtrucker
oledtrucker

I didn't say that you prefer anything like that,I just wonder why you would blame obama for helping rid the world of a dictator who was corrupt ?

I think if he did take part in this it was good,not bad as you seem to think !

_____

Talendria
Talendria

The Middle East is a powder keg.  The ruling class has lived large for decades while the majority of the people lived in squalor.  Add to that the fact that the United States has blindly supported Israel for sixty years, and you have a lot of angry Muslims.  To be clear, the time horizon of this epic screw-up wasn't four years.  It encompasses every Presidency since FDR.

Ali Baba
Ali Baba

we are talking about islamist and how their policy is so destructive

Deadarab
Deadarab

Being President is Not about quantity but Quality. If a president just has many supporters but Stupid then it only brings fail. Wrong Irrelevant islamic Histories Must Be Punished amp; Destroyed by Its creators or Its followers as their Responsibilities To Apologize For The True Better Futures. Support the Christian President for the future Egypt.

Paul Warren
Paul Warren

 You are absolutely right.  Those people who have lived in squalor see the radical elements of their religion as the solution.  A lousy solution, for sure, but try telling them that!

Talendria
Talendria

Unfortunately squalor is usually associated with lack of education, which makes these people easy targets for charlatans who promise a better life through radicalism. In my opinion, education is the cure for the world's ills--hatred, poverty, disease--and we should spend more money on that.

Gus Seals
Gus Seals

What a crock, a couple of over the hill old men were bought off and paid millions and the spin masters start calling it a. Countercoup. The brotherhood/terrorist. Is in charge until the machine gun changes that.

Walter_Peterson
Walter_Peterson

The article says:

 "There may yet be some pushback from within the military, although

initial responses suggest that there’s considerable support even within

the junta for kicking Tantawi and Annan upstairs, and none of the

signals that the military could respond with a coup."

I suspect that there is much support for Morsi among junior officers.  It wasn't that long ago that people worried about the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in the junior officer corps.  Getting rid of the old generals may have solidified Morsi 's support in the military.

curly4
curly4

This move also may tell us that if 

Morsy can continue to gather support in the military he will curve to the more strict Islamic government.