The laws of nature are uncovering Egypt’s nightmare after the revolution when Egyptians are suddenly facing the limitations and suppression Islam has created in their political institutions over decades and even centuries. The political drama keeps unfolding exposing only two deeply rooted forces who are the winners in the recent elections, namely the Islamists represented in the Muslim Brotherhood, or Askar, Arabic for military.
When the Egyptians where given the chance to vote in their president for the first time in their over five thousand year long history, they found themselves instinctively electing Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood and Ahmed Shafiq, a no nonsense military leader and former Prime Minister. One of two men will win soon in the general election. The first represents a Sharia based Theocracy, while the second who is the lesser of two evils, represents the military. Traditionally the Muslim world has resorted to brute military force as the only way to restrain and contain the Islamists. But either choice has never accomplished a democracy based on freedom of citizens. Thus either choice for Egyptians will bring them back to square one; back to tyranny under either system, a destiny no Muslim state has succeeded to avoid.
Islamists and the army are the only two strong groups competing for political power in any country that calls itself Islamic. Yes there were some parties such as “Al Baath”, a semi-socialist party that ruled in Iraq and Syria, and other parties that were fringe and without political roots and that were allowed to survive for a while by either Islamists or the military for some beneficial reason or another.
The only reason the Muslim Brotherhood is playing the democracy game today is because they know well that they have the votes to win. To reach Islamic goals Sharia entrusts Muslims to use practically any means; lying, exaggeration, slander, convincing and if that does not work, then outright violence and terror is encouraged under the name of jihad if it is for the benefit of Islam. The Muslim Brotherhood has perfected the art of lying and slander even against Egyptian citizens after the revolution. The Muslim Brotherhood have convinced the public and also themselves, that they are the party of “justice and freedom”, which incidentally is the name they gave themselves after the Egyptian revolution.
As to Egyptians who wish to escape the tyranny of Sharia, and wish to retain a degree of freedom and protection for minorities and women’s rights, their only option now is voting the military back in, if Shafiq can survive.
Even with the best intentions, Egyptian military or civilian heads of state must resort to tyranny in order to survive the wrath of the Islamists. If Shafiq wins, several Islamists predict a bloody confrontation and possible assassination attempts. The Muslim Brothers are encouraged by their Sharia to remove from office or kill any ruler who does not follow Sharia. They have even learned to delegate the dirty work of killing civilian governments to splinter Islamist groups and claim they have nothing to do with the assassination. But historically the Brotherhood has been responsible for the attempt to kill every Egyptian leader since World War II and succeeded twice; the Egyptian Prime Minister in 1949 and President Sadat in 1981.
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