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Is anyone surprised that just when it seems that a Muslim fundamentalist political party will win the first democratic Egyptian election, the military has abrogated most parliamentary powers of the incoming administration? The new government seems set to be sorely hamstrung, with the military controlling many key aspects of power.
Many sceptics predicted such an eventual hiatus and see the scheming vista of the US puppeteers pulling the strings of the Egyptian military puppets. Ever since Gamal Abdel Nasser was deposed, the US has propped up successive authoritarian Egyptian regimes of ever-increasing repression. When the Arab Spring dawned and the will of the people could no longer be suppressed, leading to the fall of the ruthless dictator Hosni Mubarak, the US government feigned delight at the unfolding democratic surge.
However, as was widely predicted, it was only a matter of time before the ecstatic freedom movement would be curtailed by big brother Uncle Sam. US President Barack Obama will never allow a new Egyptian government, which could threaten the US hegemony in the Middle East, or which displays the slightest opposition to the US’s ally, Israel, and the Egyptian military is the US’s proxy to achieve its nefarious goals. Is Mubarak’s illness, which is cloaked in secrecy and mystique, a smokescreen by the Egyptian army to deflect media speculation on what looks increasingly like a partial military coup ?
I despair for the Egyptians, who seemingly still have a long wait to achieve their true liberation from tyranny.
No wonder the Brics bloc (Brazil, Russia, India, China and SA) is loath to accept the US’s motives in Syria.