Thursday, July 4, 2013

Egyptian Collapse

Egypt's military stepped in and removed its President.

My main point of note, is that in spite of all the talk about Muslim-this, and Sharia-law that, it seems pretty obvious why he wasn't allowed to continue on.

Army Ousts Egypt’s President; Morsi Is Taken Into Military Custody
David Kirkpatrick, New York Times, 3 July 2013 (hat tip: Early Warning)
For Mr. Morsi, it was a bitter and ignominious end to a tumultuous year of bruising political battles that ultimately alienated millions of Egyptians. Having won a narrow victory, his critics say, he broke his promises of an inclusive government and repeatedly demonized his opposition as traitors. With the economy crumbling, and with shortages of electricity and fuel, anger at the government mounted.
 
If he had been able to keep the country running, he would still be there.  Arab Spring was a response to population pressures, Middle Class self interests, and an inability to keep subsidizing the lifestyles of people.  When military budgets got cut by former life-time President Hosni Mubarak, the military stepped aside and let things run their course.  It looks like the military has decided to step back int. 

3 comments:

PioneerPreppy said...

Egypt is a good example of my not going backwards theory. By and large I think the world has moved past dictators. Even countries that had dictators before will not suffer through harsher dictators now. While the people will allow themselves to be oppressed to an extent the true crushing poverty type of dictators will not be tolerated.

They allow speech oppression and religious persecution as long as the amenities still work but the over head of keeping dictators in power has become much greater than it was even 100 years ago.

Hmmm I should do an overhead post

Francis Lee said...

People were afraid of Murbarak but not Morsi as well.

russell1200 said...

Pioneer: That seems possible. But the modern dictatorship came about in the 20th century with mass media communications and marketing. Possibly it is that the general populace requires a little more in the way of propaganda.

Francis: Very true. But they didn't fear Mubarak that much after he lost military support either.