Regions / Egypt
Anyone who thinks military rule bends toward democracy in Egypt has misread the country's history.
As the Muslim Brotherhood scrambles to limit the regional damage to its influence, U.S. Middle-East policy is once again in disarray.
Many progressive Americans appear to not only approve of the coup in Egypt but view the rapacious military command as part of the revolutionary process.
It took some doing on the part of Morsi to undermine the confidence of a whole country in less than a year.
Is the coup in Egypt a sign of declining U.S. influence in the region?
Though representatives of radical Islamism, the Muslim Brotherhood have much in common with many Americans.
Though the Egyptian military is painting itself as a guardian of stability and democracy, there is ample reason to believe it will bring neither.
Since the military coup that toppled the country's elected Muslim Brotherhood government, the message of the many Egyptians we met last year resonates with even greater power.
The removal from office of President Mohammed Morsi portends great excitement but even greater threats to democracy.
The lesson from the streets of Brazil, Turkey, and the Arab world is to avoid underestimating social movements still in their infancy.