In Egypt, the operative phrase is 'mob rule'

  • Article by: Noah Feldman
  • Updated: July 6, 2013 - 2:28 PM

If Egypt were a real democracy, orderly processes would be followed.

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pumiceJul. 7, 1312:09 AM

Drafting and ratification of Egypt's constitution were less-than-orderly processes as well, Noah Feldman. According to the BBC, "[T]he draft constitution [which was rushed through by a constituent assembly dominated by Islamists and boycotted by liberal and left-wing members], fails to protect the freedoms and human rights that [the Egyptians] sought in the uprising that ended [Hosni] Mubarak's rule last year.... [President Morsi] push[ed] through a text that favours Islamists and does not sufficiently protect the rights of women or Christians... Sharia remains the main source of legislation... Egypt's official state news agency Mena said that at least two judges had been removed for encouraging voters to cast 'Yes' ballots.... "

Only about 30% of eligible voters went to the polls in the first round of voting on the constitution. In November Morsi issued a decree granting himself sweeping new powers and stripping the judiciary of powers to question his decisions. Seven of Morsi's 17 top advisers have resigned since then. 

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owatonnabillJul. 7, 13 5:20 AM

"You might think that replacing an unpopular, Islamist leader is a victory for democracy. It isn’t. In a functioning democracy, there is an orderly constitutional process for protesting and removing a leader." .............. Indeed. But Morsi effectively hamstrung the democratic process in Egypt by declaring himself above it. In a situation with all too many eerie similarities, another constitutionally-elected leader, Adolf Hitler, hamstrung the process that elected him as well, declaring himself above it and with ruthless speed became absolute dictator. Anyone who thinks that the aims of Morsi and his handlers were not precisely the same is deluding him/herself. Extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary actions. Calling "foul" in this circumstance is merely a dodge for those who support Islamist supremacy in Egyptian government.

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rexmanJul. 7, 13 7:17 PM

The comparison with Egypt should remind us of how lucky we are to live in the world's most stable and successful constitutional republic -- especially since Obama is America's Morsi.

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