The newly elected President of Egypt has called Parliament into session after the Egyptian military disbanded it a few weeks ago, something the new Egyptian Constitution does not allow. Of course the idea was that the ol’ guard military would in this way superceded the will of the people by once again turning the country into a Junta ruled dictatorship. However, the new President of Egypt has other ideas.
This is the ultimate test of Democracy. Something new in the Mid-East. The middle east nations often ruled by dictators or military generals who can not bare the idea of sharing or, God forbid, losing power altogether face a major challenge tomorrow morning while all the world watches. The question remains will the military stand aside and allow a new democracy to rule? Or will they instead take to the streets with guns and tanks on Tuesday morning when Parliament is set to reconvene?
There are those who say the United States does not support this new President. Being who he is, and what he represents, the fear of what might happen to neighboring Israel, and a peace that has held for many years. There are those who fear that the party of the Muslim Brotherhood will not hold up those ideals, the ideals of The United States, and the fear that the US might not have the clout and influence so long-held in that volatile region. As a result they say, there is a silent wink and nod toward the military generals who have so long ruled over Egypt, and enjoyed the financial benefits gleaned from the United States as a result.
However, I would argue that this is not about United States interests. This is about freedom and democratic rule versus the rule of a self-appointed gang of ol’ guard Junta Generals who have ruled the roost of the Egyptian people for so long. This is a question regarding the elected rulers of the people. Their Parliament, their President, their government. This is not about US interests. This is not about the will of the American people. This is not about a perception that we might have about the intent of a duly elected government by the people of Egypt. This is about something that we Americans understand well. After all we went through the same challenges that they are going through now. We stood firm for our Independence in the 1700’s. They have the chance to stand firm for their independence on Tuesday morning.
Freedom is the most cherished possession that anyone, any nation can enjoy. But all too often we must have the courage to rise up and grasp it in your hand and not let go, even if it costs you your very life. As a song by Glenn Yarborough once said:
Freedom isn’t free.
Freedom isn’t free.
You have to pay the price
You have to sacrifice.
For your liberty.
For the people of Egypt, Freedom…..the very hallmark of Democracy is not going to be free. They have to pay the price, they will have to sacrifice, for their liberty. It is those ideals we the people of the United States should stand for. Regardless of our political ideology, our perception or our will. Our ideology, our perception and our will however are not at issue here. The ideology, perceptions and the will of the Egyptian people are the issue.
That’s my Political Perspective on the matter. What do you think? ………… I look forward to your insights as well. Until then……..Pray for the people of Egypt. Have a great day, and as usual,
God Bless America!