Where is Egypt headed?

Salma Awwad says Egyptians would be well advised to learn from other nations that have succumbed to civil war

Followers of Egypt’s political scene must be holding their collective breaths in apprehension and trepidation as things take a turn for the worse.

The Muslim Brotherhood has consolidated its power and is slowly but surely taking over, changing the identity of what was perceived to be “Egyptian”.

The alliance of the Brotherhood with hardcore right-wing religious parties has created an unprecedented divide within Egyptian society on the basis of secular versus sectarian inclination. The president, Mohammed Mursi, is very quickly losing touch with the pulse on the street and with the country’s people. It was only a year ago that he was elected president by a narrow margin of 1 percent.

Within a very short period of time he has managed to alienate his advisors  and many of his sympathisers, and has also given the opportunity for members of former president Hosni Mubarak’s now-dissolved party to rise from the ashes and carve out a place in Egypt’s new political scene.

Already, hundreds of thousands of Egyptians are out in the streets from both sides, trying to preempt each other’s dominance of key venues. It seems like both sides are playing a very dangerous game of chicken, neither side willing to back down from the inevitable confrontation on the street.

The president’s latest speech, which went on for a long two-and-a-half hours, disappointed many as it failed to bridge the divide with its uncompromisingly threatening tone. In an unprecedented show of outrage, 13,000 judges and district attorneys have decided to sue the president for libel after a general accusation he made about corruption in Egypt’s judiciary in his public speech. 

Back on the street, several have already died in the ongoing clashes which started on 28 June. These deadly incidents have not reached the capital, Cairo, yet, where the largest numbers of demonstrators from both sides are amassed.

Al Azhar, Egypt’s highest religious authority, has warned of civil war if both sides refuse to compromise and listen to the voice of reason. Egyptians would be well advised to learn from other nations that have succumbed to civil war in recent memory.

What’s so civil about war anyway?

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Posted by: Abdulaziz

I congratulate Egypt for their courage to deposit Morsi from Power. There is nothing Islamic about the violence that happened last year between relgious groups and sub groups. We don't another Iraqi violence in the region. Let's learn the good things from the French revolution Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity.

Posted by: Reason

There is no space for speculation or argumentation when a nation is unanimous. There is no civil war between 90 million resilient citizens and a small clique at power. It just does not exist in recorded human history. So please let's all be silent and let the great millions say their final word without waving imaginary scenarios.

Posted by: SAM

Nothing good will come from people who dozed off for over 40 years, and during that time, witnessed their country's infrastructure, educational institutions, health system, housing and everything that is worthy and good be obliterated in front of their faces. They did nothing then and now they are beating and blaming one another. Violence is the language of the ignorant and sadly, that is the only language being spoken right now over there. This applies equally to the small segment of the population that claims to be true Egyptians as well as to the rest.

Posted by: 3ou3ou

We as Egyptians have never before experienced anything like what we have faced during this last year under the rule of the Brotherhood. It feels like the right wing political parties that have emerged after the revolution are hell bent on labelling their political opponents as liberal, secular, apostates.
What's religion got to do with it? Everything apparently.

Conveniently, all those who don't support Morsy are accused of hating Islam!

Politics and religion is a combustable combination..only time will tell if Egypt can survive this inevitable showdown..may God Bless and Save our Country

Posted by: Johnny Smith

In Summary Egypt and Morsi don't mix !!!!

The 22 Millions on the streets and Tahrir Square said their word and the Army said their word, there is no room for speculations and Egypt is not Syria.

Young Youth + Egyptian Women + True faithful and courageous Egyptians + the Police + the Army are more than enough to realise the Egyptian people demands and topple leaders like Morsi and anyone who don't respect the Law, the constitution and the nation and those who don't learn their lesson in their future.

This is what we call a true democracy that has to be taught in the history and the future!

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