The response to last week’s grab for dictatorial power “to save the revolution” by Mohammed Morsi, president of Egypt (of the Muslim Brotherhood), caused an immediate response by the people. Morsi proposed undercutting the authority of the courts and grabbing near-absolute control of the government. Morsi was perhaps carried away with his own self-importance negotiating a Gaza-Israel cease fire as president Obama’s go-between (Obama is playing a dangerous game investing so much confidence in Egypt). Now Egypt’s highest body of judges has swung in behind the people calling for a national strike.
I disagree with DPF (Kiwiblog) who said “Egypt may have swapped one dictator for another.” In the current circumstances, I think this is good, as it joins together the people and the Courts as a social force against individual Stalin-esque dictatorship common in the area. DPF may be right – like the military takeover in Fiji or Burma- but as a step along the way, it is a hopeful early nipping in the bud of such dictatorial aspirations, as Egypt grows towards full popular-based democracy. The cartoon is by Hajo de Reijger who publishes in several Dutch newspapers.