I’m also grateful to Lou Dobbs for observing last night that events in Egypt are playing out exactly as predicted in Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy — my eBook which is about to be published in paperback. The country is aflame again because there is no “Arab Spring.” We are witnessing the rise of Islamic supremacists who regard democracy not as a way of life but as a route to power. Rather than opposing them, Obama is the wind at their backs.
Emboldened by U.S. backing and funding, Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood heavyweight Egyptians elected to be their president, has essentially declared dictatorial powers — i.e., that his “sovereign” actions are beyond judicial review. This is actually the second phase of the power-grab; no one noticed the first, a few months back, because Western progressives were too busy swooning over Morsi’s sacking of the generals to be much bothered by his usurpation of legislative authority.
Now, Morsi is riding roughshod over the judiciary. His objective is to clear the field of secular interference so the Islamist-dominated “constituent assembly” can finish writing and ramming through a new constitution that further suffocates Egypt in the classical sharia framework favored by the Brothers and their allies (including Mohammed al-Zawahiri, who is the brother of al-Qaeda’s leader, and the Islamic Group [Gama'at al Islamia], the Blind Sheik’s jihadist organization).
As I argued in Spring Fever, the Brotherhood in Egypt is following an easily accessible, albeit widely ignored, game-plan. It is the one by which Islamists moved Turkey back into their column, away from real democracy. It took Erdogan’s Islamist government a decade to flip Turkey. I predicted that things would go much faster in Egypt, where they never tried an 80-year secularization project, where Islamic supremacism has deep roots, and where the Brotherhood has always been a powerhouse. It’s happening. Fast.