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Unchanging Egypt
Sisi’s Return to Business as Usual
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  • FriendlyGoat

    We liberals would like a prosperous, secular, westernized, religion-free Egypt with lower classes of people lifted up and human rights enshrined. What we are getting is an Egypt which, for the moment, is simply not descending as far into chaos as Iraq, Syria and Libya. It’s “half a loaf” for sure, but we SAW the only thing Egyptian voters were capable of electing on their first try and it was the Muslim Brotherhood.

    • JR

      You also have to consider the neighborhood Egypt is in. On their eastern front, they have disintegrating Lybia. On the western front, they have MB in the form of Hamas in Gaza. You have Israelis. You have Saudi Arabia and Iran engaged in proxy warfare. You have lots of hungry people in Egypt who will riot unless you feed them 3 times a day. Times are tough, but al-Sisi is certainly performing very well so far. The only guy who is doing better as a world leader is Xi Jinping.

  • Stormcrow

    I agree. I was hoping for a mad rush towards modernity but got the Muslim brotherhood instead. General al-Sisi is turning out to be extremely competent.

  • ljgude

    Far more important than any of these issues is al Sisi’s speech to the Egyptian imams criticising how great a danger misguided radical thinking is to the Ummah. This is the first time I have heard a significant Muslim leader name the problem. “That thinking—I am not saying “religion” but “thinking”—that corpus of texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the centuries, to the point that departing from them has become almost impossible, is antagonizing the entire world. It’s antagonizing the entire world!” I see radical Islam and an ideological caricature of Islam and ideology, as we well know from our experience of naziism and Marxism ideology is weaponized thinking. al Sisi is pointing directly to it. So no, you missed it – it is not business as usual. Not at all.

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