The Big­ger Picture

Southasia - - Editor’s mail -

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

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