Egyptians Deeply Pessimistic About the Country’s Future
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  • Lorenz Gude

    Morsi reportedly undermined the power of the Army by replacing the top people with Brotherhood people. But maybe it isn’t that simple.

    • Corlyss

      We’ve heard all thru the Arab Spring the caveat that the people yearning for democracy or freedom don’t know how to govern, so they lose out to the better organized MB-types, whether it’s Hamas or Hezbollah or Morsi. Well, it looks like they don’t know how to govern either. They’re still way too tribal to be a government of disparate interests. They don’t play and work well with others unless death to opponents is the end object of the collaboration. There has to be more to life for the average Yussef in Arab states than killing their enemies.

  • As in so much of the rest of the Middle East these are the keys:

    http://dedi.org.eg/tribes-and-elections-in-upper-egypt/

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203935604577064033849808346.html

    http://hbdchick.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/whatever-happened-to-european-tribes/

    It’s unfortunate but true and wishing the facts away won’t help solve the problem.

    • Jim Luebke

      Didn’t the Tribunes of ancient Rome get their names from the tribes they were elected to represent?

      Perhaps the mistake is to try to impose a 20th-century constitution… one that recognizes the realities of existing power structures may have more luck.

  • Corlyss

    I know this is a serious matter, but I can’t resist this musical observation:

  • ojfl

    Interestingly they voted for their leadership.

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