Egypt’s Military Makes its Move; How will the Muslim Brotherhood Respond?
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  • Like most Westerners I have a strong preference for democratic government but I recognize that democracy is of little use if it cannot control violent chaos. I have spent time in Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe and found the violent chaos of northern Mexico far worse. Egypt, as a Muslim country, is a different story – the choice is between military rule and Islamist rule, not military rule and democracy. The Islamists might come to power through a democratic election but it is unlikely that they would ever give up power by election. Since the Brotherhood has made it plain that they would go to war against Israel I’m all for the Egyptian military retaining control. Nor do I want to see the persecution of the Copts and other minorities in Egypt.

  • Jim.

    Wasn’t the fall of the Janissaries (and Mameluks) from their role as a neutral and disinterested supporter of the head of state a result of their paying more attention to business and politics than to actual military performance?

    One could argue that the disinterestedness of the modern Egyptian military fell with Farouk and never recovered under Sadat or Mubarak. Also, the Muslim Brotherhood doesn’t have the capabilities to challenge the military even if its combat readiness is adversely affected by attending to other concerns.

    Even so, the narrative of the Egyptian military disinterestedly doing what’s best for Egypt has holes big enough to drive a truck through. We’ll see if the MB does so with a truck full of explosives.

  • Glen

    The sorts of technological meritocracies exemplified by the Egyptian Military and the Chinese Communist Party are becoming the preferred form of government for more and more of the world’s elites. The EU Government and the U.S. federal regulatory state — which are both competing for greater power — are the West’s versions of this emerging form. And all of them are rooted in the same Keynesian bargain: what is the value of liberty when the people are starving?

  • Jim.

    @Glen:

    One could argue that technical meritocracy was the preferred mode of The Party in Orwell’s 1984.

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