The Egyp­tian co­nun­drum

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

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

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