Last Saturday Egyptians voted in some changes to their current Constitution’s amendments; this at the dismay of the anti-Mubarack government rebels who told us they were fighting for their own freedom and liberty, and to the dismay of Egypt’s own Constitutional scholars.Today mainstream media are trumpeting that the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood has a distinct advantage to control what happens in the country as they try to pound out an acceptable Constitution.
“A Muslim Brotherhood celebration in Cairo on March 12. The group has replaced the secular youth movement as a driving force.”…
“We are all worried,” said Amr Koura, 55, a television producer, reflecting the opinions of the secular minority. “The young people have no control of the revolution anymore. It was evident in the last few weeks when you saw a lot of bearded people taking charge. The youth are gone.”
Hosni Mubarak will look like your sweet uncle Phil next to the Muslim Brotherhood.
“There is evidence the Brotherhood struck some kind of a deal with the military early on,” said Elijah Zarwan, a senior analyst with the International Crisis Group. “It makes sense if you are the military — you want stability and people off the street. The Brotherhood is one address where you can go to get 100,000 people off the street.”
This article goes on to quote a MB spokesman who said the Brotherhood had not wanted a revolution – but now that it has happened, they can set their sights higher. That would be the implementation of Sharia law and a caliphate in Egypt.
The New York Times piece linked above quotes a flier urging a “yes” vote on the referendum for purely religious reasons:
“The problem is that our country will be without a religion,” read a flier distributed in Cairo by a group calling itself the Egyptian Revolution Society. “This means that the call to the prayer will not be heard anymore like in the case of Switzerland, women will be banned from wearing the hijab like in the case of France,” it said, referring to the Muslim head scarf. “And there will be laws that allow men to get married to men and women to get married to women like in the case of America.”
Seventy-seven percent of the people voted “yes.”
Those in opposition to the amendment changes wanted free and fair elections first, with the new president appointing the committee to write a wholly new constitution.
After 30 years of oppression, a former dean of an Egyptian law school says he worries about moving “too fast towards elections,” and…
“The only thing left right now is the Muslim Brotherhood.
After 30 years, what it is that the majority of the people in Egypt do not understand about freedom? They know what Hosni Mubarak did. They know what Sharia does. They know the Muslim Brotherhood wants Sharia.
Their problem is understandable. The Koran is the country’s guidebook. What is a freedom fighter to do with that?
Graphic courtesy of Weasel Zippers – with an interesting story from February 2011 – The Muslim Brotherhood denies the uprisings were Islamic uprisings.