Monday, July 15, 2013


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

US Declaration of Independence 1776

In relation to the situation in Egypt, many American politicians and commentators, including Pres. Obama, have criticized the removal from power of Pres. Morsi by the Egyptian Army. Yet, their own Declaration of Independence states quite clearly that the People have the right to alter or abolish any form of Government that does not secure their basic rights. These include liberty, and that since Pres. Morsi was a representative of the Muslim Brotherhood, an extreme Islamist organization, there was every expectation that there would never be another election under his rule and that like many extremist politicians before him, such as Hitler, Stalin, Saddam Hussein, Mubarak and other dictators, he would never agree to give up the rule of his particular brand of Islam.

This second stage of the Egyptian revolution can be seen as an attempt by the secular forces of the governed to ensure that they will not have to suffer permenent domination by the forces of political Islamism. Note that this is not an ancient form of Islam, but rather derives from the work of Hassan al Banna (1906-1945) who founded the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928, partly as a negative reaction to western influence and out of hatred of America (which he visited). And he was followed by other Islamist ideologues, such as Sayyib Qutb (1906-1966), who have been plotting to take power in Egypt ever since. This is well known to every Egyptian, and it was largely in reaction to this known intention that Pres. Nasser and his successors, Pres. Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak had proscribed the MB and had persecuted its leaders. Nasser had Qutb executed in 1966 for plotting to overthrow the Egyptian Government. Pres. Sadat was assassinated in 1981 by members of the MB who had infiltrated the Army and who considered the Peace Treaty with Israel as a crime against their form of political Islam. If you ask me we are all lucky that the Egyptian Army had the power to remove Morsi before it was too late.


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