Egypt’s Military: Not Your Typical Army Thugs
Behzad Yaghmaian argues that Egypt’s military must not remove the democratically elected despot Morsi from power lest the country face dire consequences (The Price of Terminating Democracy in Egypt, WSJ, June 8, 2013). The Egyptian military, however, is not just any tin-pot dictator in a raw grab for power. This is not Latin America after all. This is the Middle East, where the military, in budding democracies like those of Egypt and Turkey, is the final arbiter of democracy in the region.
Usurpation of power by any political party, including Mr. Morsi’s, is not tolerated by this professional organization dedicated to the common weal of all Egyptians. Morsi was given his chance, and he failed to exhibit the most basic of democratic tendencies. The Muslim Brotherhood can now wait their turn like any other aspiring political party for another chance, and here’s to hoping that next time they do a better job.
To warn that if the Brotherhood are not kept in power they are going to fester underground until they re-surface in a more nefarious metamorphosis is hogwash. Dismantling of a democratic constitution in favor of Sharia law and other forms of tyrannical behavior disqualify any party from legitimacy over the minority who consent to their rule. There is no reason to fear removal of a despot for fear he will return…a despot.
Perhaps in the U.S., at a time of fictitious recess appointments by the Executive and other attempts at circumventing our own Constitution, we should all take a moment to reflect on the fragility of democracy and the importance of universal voluntary deference to that august document bequeathed to us by our forefathers. There but for the grace of God…