Egypt’s coup provides a lesson for us all

Source:Global Times Published: 2013-7-5 0:23:01

A military coup took place in Egypt Thursday, and democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi was ousted. The Egyptian army has taken on the dominant role in the country's politics once again. Although the army named Adli Mansour, chairman of the Supreme Constitutional Court, as interim president, it is obviously returning to the country's center of power. The constitution was also suspended.

After two years of ups and downs, Egypt seems to have come back to the starting point. Egypt chose the path of a "democratic revolution" and could not retreat. The army isn't able to lead a society that has been scattered and divided. The public will soon get sick of the army, which will hamper their ability to govern the country.

Coups in developing countries have always been criticized by the West, but the US and Europe "condoned" the Egyptian army this time, because the army brought down the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. Most Arab countries are stuck between two paths. One is the modernity that the West advocates and the other is religious doctrine. The freedom after the revolution made Egypt struggle between these two paths and caused political fights for interests.

But no one will take responsibility for the current terrible situation. The Egyptian revolution was bound to occur at that time. The West added fuel to the fire, but the "Arab Spring" cannot entirely be attributed to the West.

Egypt will become the testing ground on whether a country can escape from post-revolution chaos. This will influence how the world sees revolutions in modern times.

Many still hold hopes for a modern Egypt. But what people have seen is all negative. The public believes the radical Muslim Brotherhood will not simply let go of its anger. Some observers even worry that the Muslim Brotherhood, once suppressed to its fullest extent, will resort to terrorism, which would be a new disaster for Egypt and the Middle East.

Morsi reigned for only year. Although he didn't make big achievements, he didn't make major mistakes. As his opponents carried out street protests, the army deposed him. One can imagine the shocking impact it will bring to Egypt's political confidence.

Indeed, Egypt is becoming a textbook lesson of world politics. Is a coup good or bad? How can an Islamic society learn from political experiences in other parts of the world? The answers to these questions can serve as references for developing countries.

The Western-style democratic system has not offered any new models for developing countries for years. On the one hand, countries simply copying the Western style came to grief; on the other hand, disputes surrounding democracy have been complex.

With its chaos, Egypt has attracted the world attention at this moment, partly because it has engendered pessimism over the prospects of revolutions.

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