The Bigger Picture
The political victories of Islamist parties in countries like Tunisia and Egypt may have come as a surprise to Western supporters of the initial Arab Spring. When the Arab Spring blew out in full proportion in the Middle East, Western states were quick to rally support for the people’s cause and defend their freedom and rights to a democratic transition. The Middle East is deeply embedded in religious thought and for many, it is their opium. It is no surprise that Islamist parties secured maximum votes and quickly dominated the political landscape.
As stated in your article, this phenomenon needs to be handled and viewed with a much stronger lens. The Muslim Brotherhood realizes that it will have to tread carefully in terms of its foreign policy towards the U.S. as well as its commitment to the people of Egypt. As argued, it is highly unlikely that the MB will enforce a strict theocracy, mainly because it cannot afford to do so. Pressing issues such as unemployment, a dwindling economy and crippling poverty face the nation that need to be addressed urgently. Issues such as this will regain the MB popularity and votes. Fortunately, for the Egyptian people and the rest of the world, the organization is well aware of this. Nora Khalil Cairo, Egypt