Egypt – Stability or Islamist Nightmare?

During a rally at Tahrir square in Cairo the Muslim Brotherhood shout “Allah is good.”

There are two sides to this puzzle. On one side you see Ahmed Shafik, dictator Mubarak’s last Prime Minister, is the “stability” candidate who has claimed victory. On the other side of this puzzle is the “Islamist nightmare.” Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood man who has also claimed victory. Then in between the two candidates for president there is the Egyptian Army and its greedy field marshal, Mohamed Tantawi, attempting to hold on to all its privileges and power.Egypt’s ruling Military Council delayed the result of their first free presidential election. There are fears the army is behind a coup to prevent the newly elected Islamist from taking over the government.

At first we all thought that the Arab Spring was a good thing. We overthrow the dictators and set up democracies in the Middle East. Little did we understand that when a governmental void is created in the Middle East, there are plenty of Arab terrorist groups offering their assistance to fill the voids. Militant organizations move in to fight against the old regimes and then establish Islamic law, in some cases worse than the ruthless dictators they replaced. It is like a pestilence moving upon the earth.

The Egyptian Army’s secretary-general, Hatem Bagato told the media, “We cannot announce when exactly the timing of the announcement of the Egypt election results will be because now we are at the stage of listening to the representatives.”  They further confirmed they are examining 400 complaints from both sides.

Farouq Sultan, the Military Commission’s head was originally appointed by the Mubarak regime. It has been reported that they are preparing to postpone the election results announcement. He says, “The committee will meet to decide on whether to accept the appeals or not.”

Most Egyptian sources claim that Mohammed Morsi, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political front of the Freedom and Justice Party won the count by a slim margin, just short of 52 per cent to 48 per cent. It is viewed that the delays are an attempt to prevent him from taking office. The longer this controversy drags out, the greater the possibility for a devastating confrontation.

Mahmoud Ghozlan, a spokesman for the Brotherhood warned that the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces might be preparing to manipulate the election. He said, “The refusal of Ahmed Shafiq to concede defeat and his insistence that he would be declared the victor raised suspicions that the army has bad intentions. If Shafiq is declared the winner, this will make the coup clear.” Mr. Ghozlah told a Saudi-backed newspaper, “This infringement over the results may lead to a confrontation between the people and the army.”

The Egyptian people can rest assured that the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces is ready to step in to guarantee public safety and with their great wisdom, rule Egypt until they have decided to crown the man who will do their bidding.

The “good ol’ boy” system is alive and well in Egyptian politics. There will be enticing opportunities held out to the presidential candidates. If Morsi is declared president, the army will proclaim their loyalty to the winner of a democratic free election while ensuring that the new leader remains suppressed. What they end up with is worse than the cancer that was just cut out.

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