Egyptian democracy appears off the table

  • Article by: Noah Feldman , Bloomberg
  • Updated: August 16, 2013 - 9:58 AM

The Muslim Brotherhood is beaten (for now), and the military will control any newly elected government.

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rolflindyAug. 15, 13 8:09 PM

There is little hope for democracy in Egypt which ever side emerges. The Muslim Brotherhood is a theocracy with no interest in democracy. The current military government is equally uninterested in democracy.

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mn2niceAug. 15, 1310:35 PM

Knowing there is no way for the United States to get what it wants in Egypt, it would be best if we just let them go their merry way. It has now been demonstrated we cannot control what happens there. Time for us to get out.

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jarlmnAug. 15, 1310:44 PM

Oh please, it was only naive and culturally-unsophisticated liberals who harbored notions that any of these benighted "Arab Spring" countries would actually adopt democracy. What a hoot! Sheesh, our own little U.S. experiment in self-governance is fragile enough to worry about!

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milwaukeemnAug. 15, 1311:40 PM

I thought it was pretty obvious that a large minority of people wanted to end the muslim-theocracy. The army obliged. The brotherhood attempted to fight back, mostly by burning churches and killing non-muslims, and were squashed. It would seem most of the people are satisfied at the put down of the radical muslim brotherhood for now. Just because the brotherhood was the largest organized party don't pretend that they have widespread support.

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honeybooAug. 16, 13 7:00 AM

For God sakes, can we stop sending military aid to another part of the world that has NO CHANCE of democracy? These arms will be used against Americans within 24 months. Mark my words.

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cstoney48Aug. 16, 13 7:27 AM

No good options in the entire Middle East. If in doubt--look at our lasting impact on Iraq. We can't affect these outcomes no matter which way we turn or which faction we support. This is a struggle based on hundreds of years of hatred and intolerance with no favorable outcome for the West. Stay out of it.

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mspshadowAug. 16, 1310:11 AM

I'm curious...where are all those millions who protested against Morsi and wanted him removed? All we've seen and heard about the last few days were those protesters who support Morsi.

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redblack30Aug. 16, 1310:50 AM

Westerners needn't be smug. It took at least from 1789 into the mid-twentieth century for most Europeans to establish stable democracies. In Russia and Belarus and maybe some others they're not there yet. This will be a long process.

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gandalf48Aug. 16, 13 4:23 PM

Just stop giving aid to all of these countries in turmoil, trying to pick which tribal group should get our support will only hurt us a decade from now. Just look at the last 60 years...we disrupted a freely elected person in Iran to put a king in power, they haven't forgotten this...we supported Iraq to fight against Iran...we supported Afghanistan to fight the USSR...we ended up fighting Iraq for invading Kuwait. We went back to both Iraq and Afghanistan to fix our messes once again; it's just not worth it so let's pull all international funding and put it into our infrastructure at home.

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hobie2Aug. 17, 13 1:47 PM

Just in case the professor missed it - Egypt was one of the major powers of the world for several millenia - several thousands of years... As much as this offends the delicate sensibilities of many, the irrefutable fact is - the Egyptians didn't be the world power and intellectual leader of the world with democracy... They had the idea of democracy available, and chose otherwise... Worship of democracy just for democracy's sake makes no sense. All persons are not equal, and (by modern sensibilities) they only are to have equal rights. Democracy works if you have a check on the mob and the elected, as the founders put into play here; or if you require universal education in logic and rhetoric so the bull of the elected and press is filtered by the populace. Otherwise, it has failed, like the Roman Republic, Carthage, Athens, Egypt, etc.

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