Saturday, March 19, 2011

Meanwhile, in Egypt

Hidden towards the end of an article about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Egypt:
In Egypt, civic groups have raised fears that the timing of a weekend referendum on constitutional amendments and June parliamentary elections followed by a presidential vote are too rushed to permit a true representative democracy to emerge. Some believe the sequencing won't give secular opposition groups enough time to organize into credible political parties.

The most organized opposition movement in the county is the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist party long banned by Mubarak. The brotherhood took a low-key role in the initial protests against Mubarak but is now seen as moving to take advantage of the space opened by the protesters in Tahrir Square.

You have to wonder what all those in the West celebrating Egypt's "democratic uprising" will say after it's clear the winner was the radical fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood.

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