Saturday, May 28, 2011

Analysis: The Islamist vision of post-revolutionary Egypt' Egypt sectarian deaths slammed amid civil war fear

Cairo tense after religious clashes

Egypt sectarian deaths slammed amid civil war fear

US condemns sectarian violence in Egypt

analysis: The Islamist vision of post-revolutionary Egypt

Egypt's Christians Continue Protests Against Sectarian Violence

I have to admit that when I first heard of the Sectarian violence on the streets of Cairo, Muslims against Coptic Christians I was very concerned. I was more concerned when I heard tanks were deployed on the streets of Cairo. However, they are not to be used against the citizens to lord over them. This is not Libya! They are merely to quell the Sectarian violence which I feel is promulgated by Islamists.

I still have faith in the Egyptian Army. Egypt's army has strong connections with the US military and our Government. Until I see otherwise I have faith that they are going to do the right thing for the people and the Democracy they want. There is unfounded concern that Egypt could become a Salafi State, a bastion of Sharia law. No way! Most families in Egypt have family members in the military. In Egypt they are in the military for life. The military is a reflection of it's citizens

They are average people in many cases. Yes many of the Generals benefit from illicitly from their positions but they are not Religious extremists and would not support it. You would need the support of the military especially if it is as strong as Egypt's. I remember in 2001 when the Taliban blew up the colossal Bamiyan Buddhas. I was horrified! Buddhas of Bamiyan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

That is not going to happen in Egypt. There are also unfounded concerns that the Muslim Brotherhood looking for 5 or 6 seats in the new Government but even they do not want Sharia law they want a place in a democracy. I think that is great. The people and the Army genuinely want their Democracy and I believe they will have it.

I remember when the people were first protesting they were embracing the Christians, they do not want to put them under their thumb or worse the way the Salafists do. They want a Democracy. In that Democracy the Pyramids and tourism play a very important role. Islamists have no place past or images only their own. The Islamists said they would not destroy the Pyramids, the sphinx, and other monuments but people do not believe it.

If a Democracy is to be in Egypt it needs the military's backing and the industry that is their heritage. The people will control their destiny in Egypt if any of the countries currently in turmoil do God willing. I do not share the concerns that Islamists will get in control of the Government and the people. This is not Afghanistan.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma


Demeur said...

You must remember Jim that Egypt has a rather strange economy. All members of the military are also part of a company. Much like our national guard they have day jobs at very low wages. Those higher up in the military have the advantage of connections to those businesses. So upon retiring from the military they are set. Since the military provides the only jobs it gives you an idea of why the military is so well loved.

Hat tip to the Egyptian Chronicles blog for the insight.

an average patriot said...

Yeah Demeur I mentioned that the higher ups in the military are benefiting. You know that will not change.