Don’t Get Your High Hopes On Egypt Yet

By Theodore Shoebat

Though there has been a coup on Morsi, don’t let it get your hopes high on Egypt. Don’t forget where this is taking the place — the Middle East, where stability is preserved by an iron hand of rulership. Here are some of the possibilities which may occur:

Egypt’s military is calling for new elections, and if they do take place it could mean that an Islamist leader will be elected democratically.

A civil war could erupt precipitously between Islamists and loyalists. As one Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohammed al-Nashar, has stated:

There is a lot of anger and frustration and I worry that we won’t be able to control all the youth if Morsi is pushed out.

Charles Levinson, writing for the Wall Street Journal, writes this on the coup:

It could mark the start of Islamists’ decline as a political power in the region, but could also push some Islamists to give up on democracy and turn to violence.

What also could happen is the Muslim Brotherhood enthusiasts within the military could split and join their jihadist comrades, while the loyalists within the military would join the pro-secular subscribers. The two sides would then clash in a civil war.

These are some of the possible outcomes.

Theodore Shoebat is the author of the book, For God or For Tyranny

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