Category: Opinion


By the looks of what was in the news in the past days there is a vast majority actually against President Morsi and his government. In these hours the Egyptian army is about to overthrow the government and as such to satisfy the demand of the people of Egypt.

Rightly so, you might think. Particularly in the non-islamic world governments formed by islamic parties or groups are always “suspicious”. I agree that religion and politics should be kept “world’s apart” as both together do not get along well and do not necessarily suit the needs of most of the people . However, as long as governments and heads of state are elected in democratic elections there is not much to argue about. It is the will the people and the will of the people has to happen, has to be respected by majority and minority as well as in the country itself and abroad.

Certainly President Morsi and his government were wrong in thinking that democracy only means that there are elections every now and then and what happens in between is right. Legally, this is correct. But there is more to democracy than just elections. Particularly as the President/Government you have to respect your people – those who voted in your favor as well as those who did not. You need to talk to people, discuss – in public – those issues which have the potential to embarrass a significant chunk of people and pick those people up on your journey to either public understanding or a compromise.

Morsi and the government failed. They outraged too many people so that Egyp is now on the brink of civil war. Possibly the army’s motivation is to maintain peace and stability. But the army fails at the same time. When it comes to politics the army should stay outside – at any time. Unless the disorder is now longer to handle by the police. With this move today the army could very well trigger a civil war in Egypt.

Going forward from today the impact of this coup d’etat is difficult to foresee. I am however confident that the Muslim Brotherhood and other islamic parties/groups in other countries will not be too happy with “democracy” and as such stand up and talk against it. This could bring up more radicalised people.

I hope it remains somewhat peaceful in Egypt and I hope that no more blood is shed.

 

Whether the protests in Istanbul, Ankara and many many many other cities across Turkey will have a significant long-term impact on the country remains to be seen.

However, the protesters in Gezi Park and on Taksim Square sent a loud and impossible-to-ignore message not just to Erdogan and his clique but also to the rest of world: Turkey is much more than you, Tayyip. Turkey is bigger than its prime minister.

Keep on going guys. But don’t get hurt and don’t hurt anyone while you’re standing tall to demand your fundamental civil rights. Erdogan has already lost. Now it is up to you to not get lost.

Reuters: Turkey could deploy army to quell protests. http://goo.gl/mag/pocA2Vu

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