The Egyptian Military has issued a 48-hour ultimatum to end the current crisis which has brought about the largest demonstrations in history in Cairo and other cities across the nation. But the demonstrations continue. Egypt’s army has given President Mohamed Mursi 48 hours to end the political impasse that resulted in the mass protests taking place in the streets raising the specter of military intervention if the unrest continues.
The armed forces said that the ultimatum was the last chance for everyone and that if the demands of the people are not met by then it would put forth its own road map for the future, this according to a statement read on State Television. Crowds in central Cairo later cheered as military helicopters dangled overhead.
This puts the military back in the picture in a very serious way said Shadi Hamid director of research at the Brookings Doha Center. We are going to have to see whether this constitutes a real military coup and what they do in particular about Mursi’s presidency, he said.
According to News sources in Egypt the statement signals a growing impatience with the regime that has polarized an Egyptian society increasingly traumatized by a falling economy. While Mursi says he was democratically elected last year, there are hundreds and thousands who flocked to the streets saying that he has aligned himself with the Muslim Brotherhood from which he hails. They want him out.
Protesters stormed the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters setting its first floor on fire. This is the latest cycle of violence that has so far left at least 14 people dead.
A dangerous situation exists in Egypt. With the military threatening intervention, which amounts to nothing more than a coup, could mean even more serious uprisings and far-reaching consequences for the Mid East region. Already, we are watching an ever-growing and dangerous civil war in Syria. We are also watching the Turkish situation unfold as well. One does not have to wonder too far to question the stability of Iraq, Palestine, as well as Jordan, and other nations in the area.
The Muslim Brotherhood is involved in most of these conflicts in what is their obvious effort to take over the entire Mid East. Egypt seems to be the first challenge to their quest. It is one thing when you have a violent uprising, and weapons appear in a civil war like conflict. However, when hundreds of thousands of people appear in the streets rising against a foe as strong as that of the Muslim Brotherhood it is obvious that a challenge is being promoted.
However, the demonstrations are organized. It takes a lot of money to get that many people in the streets. That means some large organized structure is involved. Now the question is do those demonstrating in the streets know exactly who it is behind all the demonstrating. Do they know what they represent? What is their cause?
This I do know. In the Mid-East, there is no real democracy. there might be a form of it, but it is not full democracy, because Islam is so involved in the everyday lives of the people. People in these nations do nothing, say nothing, exercise nothing without the influence direct or in-direct of the Islamic factions ruling from the outside. The fact is that there can not be any true democracy if religion, of any nature is involved. Government is one thing, religion is another and they must be truly separate.
There is no doubt that this situation is dangerous. It risks the stabilization of the entire region. It places Israel in danger as well. It is a situation that has to be watched.
That’s my point of view, and as usual, I look forward to your insights on this and other issues of the day.
Have a good day and as usual……….God Bless America.