The world has stood by and watched as Egypt spirals into utter chaos. Since Egypt’s military ousted President Mohammed Morsi last Wednesday, pro-Morsi supporters who largely derive from the Muslim Brotherhood have been clashing with anti-Morsi supporters and Egypt’s military. What began as peaceful protests have turned into violent and in some cases deadly attacks between opposing parties, which have resulted in thiry-five deaths and thousands of injuries.
President Morsi was a leading member in the Muslim Brotherhood, which is one of the most influential Islamic organizations in the Arab world. However, the recent removal of President Morsi, the first Democratically elected President in Egypt only a year ago, clearly shows that Islamic politics were not working, as a result of what many believed to stem from his bias ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
In his first year in office, Morsi failed to fix the nation’s ailing economy and stop spiraling crime, both of which had worsened during his days. Many believe he continued the abusive practices that Mubarak had established that included trials of civilians by military courts, and the permission of police brutality and suppressing critical Egyptian voices within the country.
The failure of President Morsi forced nationwide protests of anti-Morsi supporters and 22 million people to sign a petition calling for his resignation.
Since Morsi’s removal, nations around the world, including the U.S., have largely kept their distances. At the moment international intervention would largely undermine the democratic process that will need to take place in Egypt. But also, and more importantly for the U.S., the current removal of President Morsi and the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood would be in the U.S. Government’s best interests. The Muslim Brotherhood is dedicated in its own words to “eliminate and destroy Western civilization from within.” Even though President Obama suggests working with Muslim Brotherhood groups is the best course of action, as he stated back in May:
“the best way to prevent violent extremism is to work with the Muslim American community – which has consistently rejected terrorism – to identify signs of radicalization, and partner with law enforcement when an individual is drifting toward violence.”
Nonetheless, the current removal of President Morsi and the detainment of over 300 members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has clearly shown the world and the Arab world that Democracy is to be used for the people and for the good of the people. Not for religious groups looking to increase their power within a nation.
Therefore, international intervention or U.S. intervention would interrupt the role Democracy needs to play in the growth of Egypt. Let the Egyptian people decide the fate of their nation. They have already come together to oust President Morsi, who was looking to drive them back into the same turmoil they felt for 30 years under dictator Hosni Mubarak and fought so hard to topple only two years ago.
It took the United States 9 years from the end of the American Revolution to the election of our first democratically elected President, George Washington. Egypt has only just adopted Democracy and the people have ousted two leaders in the last two years in order to allow for Democracy to work. The world needs to let the Egyptian people allow for Democracy to work and show the Arab World its lasting effect.
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