Because newly-minted Egyptian dictator Muhammad Morsi is totally not becoming the new dictator of Egypt.
With a constitutional assembly on the brink of collapse and protesters battling the police in the streets over the slow pace of change, President Mohamed Morsi issued a decree on Thursday granting himself broad powers above any court as the guardian of Egypt’s revolution, and used his new authority to order the retrial of Hosni Mubarak.
Mr. Morsi, an Islamist and Egypt’s first elected president, portrayed his decree as an attempt to fulfill popular demands for justice and protect the transition to a constitutional democracy. But the unexpected breadth of the powers he seized raised immediate fears that he might become a new strongman.
B-b-b-but…youth and revolution and Facebook and stuff.
This #ArabSpringFail has been brought to you by President Barack Obama, who insisted that the relatively reliable American ally Hosni Mubarak get the hell out of Dodge. Why? Because he wasn’t down with the new-fangled 7th century Koran-thumper lingo those Islamofacist hep-cats are all jazzed up about these days.
But hey, maybe we should see how this Egyptian Dictatorship Version 2.0 thing works out before we judge it. I mean, what democratic reform movement doesn’t start out with numerous charges of sexual assault carried out against women counter-protesters and end with legalized female circumcision? That’s how George Washington did it when he wrote the Constitution all by himself back in 1492. And if you dispute that fact, you hate the Founding Fathers. Why are you chugging the anti-American haterade, hater?
I wonder what Mona Eltahawy, the brave defender of free speech when it lines up with her brand of delicate soft-focus socialism, thinks of the enlightened Egyptian autocrats sanctioning genital mutilation for Egyptian girls. It’s sad that full-time PLO apologist and part-time Columbia University professor Edward Said isn’t alive today. He could’ve written a beautiful 20,000 word propaganda piece about why the Muslim Brotherhood was completely justified in sending out the rape-squads to deal with those lippy female protesters at Tahrir Square.
At least President Barack Obama finally recognizes his error in supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and is now doing everything he can to stop the creation of a new dictatorship in a vital part of the Middle East.
UPDATE: Linked by the great Bob Belvedere! He asks a very good question:
How long will the pyramids last?
I’d say it all depends. Does Not-Dictator Morsi value tourist dollars? The only reason anybody outside the Middle East gives a shit about Egypt is the archaeology. World opinion–and a lot of cold hard cash–would turn very heavily against the Muslim Bothering Brothers if they vaporized the Sphinx in a fit of Islamodouche pique.
On the other hand, the Taliban turned the Bamiyan Buddhas into piles of rubble. Nobody cared. Sure, there were some weak outcries and some concern troll pooh-poohing over the loss of priceless works of megalithic art. But that was pretty much it. There are plenty of wackos in the MB who want to finish the job of cleansing Egypt of it’s pre-Islamic history the same way the Taliban did in their country.
Egypt is more connected to the world than Afghanistan was or is today. That means there might be enough relatively sane Islamists who know just how valuable the Pyramids are to the nation. Hopefully that is enough to save Egypt’s national treasures.