July 6, 2013

BUT THEN THEY GET TO VOTE AGAIN...:

Why I'm Not Cheering Along With My Fellow Egyptians (AHMED FETEHA, 7/05/13, WSJ)

The coup showed that Egypt's political culture hasn't developed much, if at all, in the past few years.

Once again, the country's hardships were blamed on one man. Again, Egyptians expressed a naïve hope that this revolution, at last, was the beginning of a prosperous future.

In another repeat of 2011, populism supported by an all-too-willing Egyptian media has taken over. My social-media feeds have turned into a swamp of self-satisfied pronouncements, conspiracy theories and ultranationalistic sentiments. Overnight, the Muslim Brotherhood transformed from a group that 13 million people voted for to a bunch of traitors who must be hanged.

"Today we showed that we are a great nation," a friend wrote on Facebook FB -0.61% . "We were held back by Hosni Mubarak and the Muslim Brotherhood who are America's puppets. Now they are gone, we will lead the world." Another friend photoshopped a picture of Army chief Abdul Fatah Al Sisi on the cover of Time magazine. The caption: "Don't worry, people! Saudi Arabia is threatening to withdraw its investments from America if it doesn't support our revolution!"

Amid such fervor, reality seems to have no place. Few dare to ask how Egypt got into this mess. Few mention that the Muslim Brotherhood, with all its bigotry and backwardness, was the free choice of Egyptians--and that it still has millions of supporters. Egyptians don't want to hear that they were the ones who let extremism flourish until the Brotherhood controlled the nation.



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