Egypt’s Revolution Turns Again

by Ryan on July 1, 2013

in History,International Relations,Politics,Social Unrest,War on Terror

The Arab Spring, which is still bloodying the Mideast, continues in Egypt.  In early 2011, the Mubarak regime capitulated to angry crowds (and Washington pressure) with relatively little blood as the military took over to maintain stability.  After initial passions subsided, the military yielded to popular elections, which brought the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood to power, led by Muhammad Morsi.

Well, the Egyptians are back in Tahrir Square demanding that the popularly elected government leave power before their terms are up.  Here’s some news coverage of recent events:

These are the kinds of events which made our Founders reject pure “democracy,” viewing it as something which would inevitably devolve into mob rule.  That’s why they created a republic with separation of powers — it’s like democracy without the bloody mess!  Umm, mostly.

Contemplating the passions and violence the mob can engender, James Madison wrote in Federalist #10:

Hence it is that such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.

The people of Egypt are experiencing that “turbulence and contention” right now.  While they surely voted with their passions and hopes for a better nation, they didn’t vote with their minds nor for people with a tested record of administrative success.  Democracy means voting, but also by accepting the outcome of that vote.  Angry mobs kind of run counter to that concept.

In the first year of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood government food and water are scarce, Christians are routinely persecuted, the streets are not safe, and it looks like the military may have to step in to depose yet another leader.  Mubarak could read the writing on the wall;  Morsi may not leave so smoothly.

Revolutions are never neat and often turn ugly.  Most revolutions in the modern era “devour their children” — a phrase first coined by a contemporary of the French Revolution, then echoed by Hitler’s rival and eventual victim, Nazi Ernst Rohm.  Egypt may unfortunately be entering the “devouring” phase.

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