After one year of Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamed Morsi’s presidency, millions of Egyptians – in an unprecedented scene – poured into the streets of Cairo to say “NO!” to Political Islam. This is probably the first time since 9/11 that Egyptians have dared to publicly reject Political and Radical Islam in such huge numbers.

“This is probably the first time since 9/11 that Egyptians have dared to publicly reject Political and Radical Islam in such huge numbers.”

U.S. support for Mohamed Morsi now appears to be pointless. Any attempt by the U.S. to push the military to support Morsi is a form of suicide for the Military, as literally tens of millions are against him, while only tens of thousands remain loyal. Additionally, the Egyptian military – which has the support of more than 80% of Egyptians, according to recent surveys – is people-based and not sectarian.

Death of democracy or true democratic spirit?

Some may argue that the U.S. needs to support the ballot results. On the surface this may seem reasonable. But is the principle of democratic elections more important than the democratic values it is designed to protect? Are election results more important than such democratic values such as respect for minorities, equality of citizens, and the rule of law? President Morsi made a mockery of these basic values.

Egyptian and Arab liberals alike cannot understand why the Obama administration did not take a clear stand against the several anti-democratic actions Morsi took after he came to power. These included seizing all powers in the country, breaking his promise to select a Coptic vice president, encouraging Islamic thugs to surround the Supreme Constitutional Court and threaten its judges if they issued any ruling against Morsi, and above all, cheating in the referendum on the new constitution of the country for the benefit of the Islamists. If Morsi had respected the real values of democracy – the same democracy that brought him to power – the Egyptians would not have turned against him.

“Egyptian and Arab liberals alike cannot understand why the Obama administration did not take a clear stand against the several anti-democratic actions Morsi took after he came to power.”

The Muslim Brotherhood religious agenda added salt to the wound by undermining an already weak Egyptian economy. Their unwillingness to promote the vital tourism industry on the grounds that alcohol and women in bikinis are “un-Islamic” continues to accelerate the downward spiral toward economic collapse.

Morsi pardoned jihadists and terrorists

Morsi’s real agenda is evident in his decision to pardon Jihadists and terrorists – and release them from prison – while ignoring the plight of the pro-democracy liberal activists of the Jan 25 Revolution who helped bring him to power.

Supporting Morsi on the basis that he could control Hamas and prevent it from attacking Israel is patently absurd. Hamas rockets did not manage to reach major Israeli cities until six months after Morsi became President of Egypt. Pretending respect for the peace treaty with Israel is a cynical and rather transparent ruse to encourage Western financial support until the MB is able to consolidate its power. Analysis of MB literature and of the Arabic phrases they use in their media outlets shows quite clearly that their long-term desire is to erase Israel from the map.

Not a military coup

It is also important to mention that intervention by the Egyptian military to remove Morsi from office cannot properly be classed as a “military coup” because the vast majority of the population wanted the military to intervene on their behalf.

Bloodshed was inevitable as Islamists certainly have tried to avenge the removal of Morsi. But far more blood would have been shed if he had remained in power. The situation is simply not comparable to what occurred in Algeria in the early 1990’s, when the military refused to transfer power to the elected Islamist president who, in stark contrast to Morsi, was supported by the majority of his population. The Islamists in Egypt will no doubt continue to fight, and doubtless with much violence, but they will not prevail. The military, the police, and the population at large are all united against them.

“What is currently happening in the land of Egypt is a battle between Radical & Political Islam and nearly a whole nation that is turning against it.”

What is currently happening in the land of Egypt is a battle between Radical & Political Islam and nearly a whole nation that is turning against it. The defeat of the Islamists in Egypt-which is the motherland of the Muslim Brotherhood-will help bring an end to the phenomenon of Radical Islam. The US by supporting the removal of Morsi will not only be a support for the will of the vast majority of the Egyptians but can also give the most powerful blow to Radical Islam worldwide.

Dr. Tawfik Hamid (aka Tarek Abdelhamid), is an Islamic thinker and reformer, and one time Islamic extremist from Egypt. He was a member of a terrorist Islamic organization Jammaa Islameia (Egypt) with Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, who became later on the second in command of Al-Qaeda. Dr. Hamid is currently a Senior Fellow and Chair of the study of Islamic Radicalism at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in the United States. His website can be found at www.TawfikHamid.com.

(This article was written shortly before the ouster of Morsi and has been edited to reflect events since then. The lessons to be learned remain very important to the world as a whole.)

Further Reading

Re-thinking American policy toward Egypt: How the U.S. should approach the current turmoil
Egypt overthrows Muslim Brotherhood oppression