The Egyptian conundrum
In Egypt, hundreds of people protesting against the overthrow of democratically elected President, Moham-
mad Morsi, have been killed by the military. Even if there were any hopes of the reinstatement of the Muslim Brotherhood government, these were dashed by the intensity and ruthlessness with which the Egyptian military launched attacks against Morsi’s supporters. While protests continue in Cairo and other places, it seems highly unlikely that they will bear any fruit. Regardless of the outcome of the movement going on in Egypt, what will be put to test, yet again, is the resilience of the Muslim Brotherhood. For decades now, the MB had been a target of the Egyptian military’s wrath. Since 1954, when it was banned by then President, Gamal Abdul Nasser, the party had largely operated underground.
Few would have thought it would rise to power one day. But it did. That may be why its president showed unwise haste to curtail the military’s powers. It resulted in the ouster of the MB government itself. Analysts and foreign policy experts believe that the Brotherhood is going through one of the most difficult phases of its history. If it again manages to come out of the crisis that it faces, it will have to tread carefully in the future. Perhaps, removing the tag of a radical movement will do the party much good. It should work to become an all-inclusive party. Sohail Bhatti Sharjah, UAE