Tahrir Square erupted in cheers and fireworks moments ago as Egypt’s military deposed President Mohammed Morsi. Egypt’s top general, Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, made the announcement on Egypt’s state-run television. The head of state is the chief justice of Egypt’s constitutional court, on an interim basis.Well, let's not get to carried away with the numbers, but they were massive. Even more interesting is this tidbit:
Morsi was elected in Egypt’s first free elections a year ago. He has become unpopular as he has used his power to install radical Islamist rule across Egypt’s government. The demonstrations that turned him out involved millions of Egyptians, in what may have been the largest pro-democracy demonstrations in world history.
After the Egyptian military announced the end of Mohamed Morsi’s rule flanked by both Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II and Grand Mufti Ahmed al-Tayeb, Islamists began predicting a purge of their kind in the new democratic Egypt.Indeed, it is. The presence of the Coptic leader beside the army leadership is fascinating. It suggests the army isn't just removing the Muslim Brotherhood from power; they are repudiating what the Brotherhood stands for, which is Islamic supremacy. This possibility is supported by this statement from the army:
The Muslim Brotherhood was not represented among the opposition leaders joining the leaders of Egypt’s two largest faiths and the powerful military figures.
“It is wonderful to see the Egyptian people taking back their stolen revolution in a peaceful way,” the Coptic pope said in a statement Tuesday.
The grand mufti, not considered conservative enough by the Muslim Brotherhood, said the “people have surprised and inspired the world through its elegant expression of their peaceful demands.”
The general said their working group arrived at its road map to build an “Egyptian society, strong and stable, that will not exclude any one of its sons.”This is, as Joe Biden would say, "a big [effing] deal." How this plays out remains to be seen, obviously, but the potential is here for Egypt to move fairly quickly into a Turkish-style government(pre-Recep Tayyip Erdoğan) with the army guaranteeing that no religious dictatorship develops.
But potentially, and I'm getting a bit ahead of myself here, this is a huge [effing] deal, going far beyond Egypt. Think about this a second. You had millions of Muslims protesting in the streets against an Islamofascist terrorist organization in the Muslim Brotherhood. Millions of Arab Muslims. This is a first. A major, major first.
And why were they protesting? Because they saw what happens when an Islamofascist government rules over them, and they did not like it one bit. Yes, you have Islamofascist governments ruling in Iran and (increasingly) in Turkey. But neither Iran nor Turkey is Arab, so their struggles do not register in the Arab world. Egypt is.
So you had an Islamofascist group (a group that is the spiritual parent of and affiliated with al Qaida)being soundly rejected by the very people the Islamofascists claim wanted it. Now the Arab world can see what happens when the Islamofascists rule an Arab country.
Will they take the lesson to heart in Libya? Tunisia? Syria? Gaza?
Could this turn the tables on a vicious political branch of Islam that has been gaining power and prestige in the past quarter century? Yes. Will it? That remains to be seen.
For now, let's just celebrate something good with the Egyptian people. They made a grievous (and rather obvious) mistake, and they corrected it. Be happy for them. And.may it be a first step in restoring peace and prosperity to the Egyptian civilization