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The Mursi government failed all those tests except the last one. That because it was only in power for a year and got removed by canada goose uk black friday the military before it could stand for re election. In that one year, however, Mursi asserted near unlimited power over the country. He appointed Islamic canada goose uk shop radicals to key positions. He rammed through a new constitution that enshrined the principles of Islamic law. He arrested opponents and allowed attacks on religious minorities. He neglected the failing economy. He angered the military by calling for Egyptian intervention in Ethiopia canada goose and Syria.
canada goose coats Friday, the Republican chairman and ranking Democratic member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee issued a joint statement saying, «Real democracy requires inclusiveness, compromise, respect for human and minority rights and a commitment to the rule of law. Mursi and his inner circle did not embrace any of those principles and instead chose to consolidate power and rule by fiat.»
Egypt has always been a secular country. But a majority of its voters are religious and, given a chance to compete in free elections, they will elect an Islamist government. That has happened in other Arab and Muslim countries as well for example, Tunisia, Turkey, Iran. In 2006, Palestinians in Canada Goose online Gaza elected a Hamas government canada goose coats on sale allied with canada goose clearance sale Egypt https://www.canadagooseoutlet4sale.com Muslim Brotherhood.
Canada Goose Jackets Islamist governments usually infuriate the secular population and antagonize the military which canada goose black friday sale is what happened in Egypt. Tensions are also high in Turkey, where a relatively moderate Islamic government faces large scale protests by the secular population.
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Canada Goose Outlet Mursi is no Hitler, but the Muslim Brotherhood is a paranoid and fanatical movement whose long term commitment to democracy canada goose factory sale is much in doubt. To radical Islamists, elections are a way to gain power. They are enraged because the results of Egypt 2012 election have been nullified. Canada Goose Outlet «Didn we do what they asked?» an Islamist voter told The New York Times, «We don believe in democracy to begin with. It not part of our ideology. But we accepted it. We followed them, and then this is buy canada goose jacket cheap what they do?»
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To many Islamists, the United States has been exposed as hypocritical. We promote democracy, but we will not stand by a democratically elected government when it is threatened. Many believe that Washington was complicit in Mursi overthrow. The Obama administration reportedly tried to broker a compromise that Mursi was unwilling to accept.
Canada Goose sale At the same time, secular Egyptians complain that Washington did not criticize Mursi undemocratic regime. To them, it proves that Washington is interested only in stability, not democracy. Didn the United States support the corrupt regime of deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak all those years?
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Canada Goose Parka More than any canada goose clearance other recent event, the overthrow of the Mursi government in Egypt highlights a conflict between the form and the substance of canada goose outlet democracy. «Why is it just ballot boxes?» a human rights activist asked. «Are ballot boxes the only forms of democratic expression when the rulers fail the people?
canada goose deals We Americans nurture the pothole theory of democracy. We like to believe that, if a radical government is elected, it will quickly learn that it has to moderate and cheap canada goose uk serve the needs of the people in order to stay in power: It has to fill the potholes and keep the lights on.
canada goose But to many Islamic radicals, the ballot is just an alternative to the bullet as a way to gain power. They are ready to abandon democracy if the military and the West won allow them to stay in power.
canada goose coats on sale There was a frightening sight in Egypt last week. Thousands of Mursi supporters rallied under the black flag of jihad canada goose coats and chanted, «No more elections after today! But democracy means buy canada goose jacket a lot more than holding elections. That something they have to learn.
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