Thursday, November 22, 2012
The New Egypt - Morsi Assumes Dictatorial Powers
Meet the new boss...same as the old boss.. - Peter Townshend in 'Won't Get Fooled Again'
Egypt's Mohammed Morsi has assumed dictatorial powers for himself in Egypt, decreeing that what's left of Egypt's courts are now barred from challenging any of his decisions.
This means that under Morsi's direction,Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and salifist dominated parliament is free to write a brand new sharia-liciuous constitution with anything in it they see fit.
Morsi further declared that he can do anything he wants to 'protect Egypt's revolution' :
In what was interpreted by rights activists as a de facto declaration of emergency law, one of Morsi's decrees gave him the power to take "due measures and steps" to deal with any "threat" to the revolution, national unity and safety or anything that obstructs the work of state institutions.
Morsi framed his decisions as necessary to protect the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak nearly two years ago and to cement the nation's transition to democratic rule. Many activists, including opponents of the Brotherhood, criticize the judiciary as packed with judges and prosecutors sympathetic to Mubarak. Brotherhood supporters accuse the courts of trying to block their agenda.
"He had to act to save the country and protect the course of the revolution," said one of Morsi's aides, Pakinam al-Sharqawi, speaking on Al-Jazeera. "It is a major stage in the process of completing the January 25th revolution," she said, alluding to the starting day of last year's uprising against Mubarak.
In other words, what we have now is exactly what Egypt had under Mubarak, right down to the declaration of permanent martial law with the same 'emergency laws Egypt had under Mubarak, backed up by the army and financed by American aid.
The only differences are that the army is officered now by hardline Islamists and that under sharia rule, women and Copts will have even less rights.As will people in general.
Oh, and one more thing. Rest assured this move by Morsi was approved by President Obama and Secretary Clinton beforehand.Egypt is too badly in need of U.S. aid for Morsi not to do so.
Anyone remember this, written back when the media and the Obama Administration was telling us all about the glorious, democratic Arab Spring?
Just watch what happens.