The military coup in Egypt is a stand against Islamism. Islamism is a movement built on the despair many Muslims feel about the injustices of their society today. They hark back to a time when Islam meant supremacy and prosperity. The past was not a triumph like that, needless to say, and fantasy of the kind cannot contribute anything to modern life. Muhammad Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood were in the process of instituting disaster. The military may well prove to have no political competence, but theirs will be a disaster easier to rectify.
The ideology of Islamism, the strength of the despair driving it, means that force is the sole way to stop its spread. The recent turmoil in Turkey was a dry run for a military coup against Islamism. Civil war in Syria is another by-product of Islamism. The ideology, in sum, can contribute nothing except confrontation, coups, and bloodshed.
Until now, the United States has been reasonably effective at projecting the requisite power to keep peace in the Middle East. Islamism was contained in the Egypt of Presidents Sadat and Mubarak. However, failure to devise a policy that stopped the Islamism of Iran created a vacuum into which rushed the various versions of the ideology. After his election, President Obama signalled that the United States will from now on do little or nothing to restrain Islamism. The father of today’s military coup, therefore, Obama is responsible for what is coming to Egypt, the tyranny or the anarchy.
A footnote. Channel Four, Britain’s public service television channel, is to broadcast the call to prayer during Ramadan. The program director, a Mr. Lee, proclaims that he is doing this as a provocation, by which he means that he wants to show Islam to be merely peaceful. This is part and parcel of the steady abandoning of British culture, not a provocation at all but a propitiation that derives from craven fear.