The news shouldn’t come as a surprise, but perhaps it will sober up those who were cheerleading the revolution in Egypt.
If you saw the revolution in Egypt as a new media-driven cry for freedom and democracy, the news out of Egypt today is not good.
According to the New York Times, the Egyptian army has formed an unholy ruling alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood. Link here.
As Michael Slackman reports: “In post-revolutionary Egypt, where hope and confusion collide in the daily struggle to build a new nation, religion has emerged as a powerful political force, following an uprising that was based on secular ideals. The Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group once banned by the state, is at the forefront, transformed into a tacit partner with the military government that many fear will thwart fundamental changes.”
Not only are they about to thwart reform, they are also taking over the government.
If you were asking yourself what happened to the young people who seemed to be leading the rebellion, it seems that they have been pushed to the side.
In Slackman’s words: “It is also clear that the young, educated secular activists who initially propelled the nonideological revolution are no longer the driving political force — at least not at the moment.”
This sounds like a good reason to shift our attention to the revolution in Libya.