THESE are sad days for Egypt. Its year-long struggle to have a better system of government has been dashed to the ground with the swearing-in of Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi as president.

The Muslim Brotherhood is the Taliban in disguise. The members of the party may wear western clothes and have shorter beards, but deep in their hearts they are as fanatic as the Taliban. I know this because I have rubbed shoulders with a lot of their sympathisers during my long stay in an Arab country.

From the very start of its movement, I have never been sure of its success. If you look at the recent history of the country, the Egyptians have never made a right choice.

Let us for a moment look at their defeat at the hands of Israel in the 1967 war. After the Israeli army made Gamal Nasser’s forces bite the dust in less than a week, Nasser accepted responsibility and announced his resignation. He had hardly finished reading his prepared statement on the radio when millions of Egyptians took to the streets of Cairo, shouting ‘Nasser, Nasser come back, we love you.’

The Egyptians as a nation are emotional people. They can be easily manipulated by a cunning player like Mursi. For almost six decades, three military dictators have ridden them roughshod and they have been very thankful for that all along, until the Tunisians rose up against their own dictator.

Only then they realised that they have been taken for a ride for so many years and they were not aware of it. But this late knowledge hasn’t helped them much and another shrewd bunch of manipulators have been waiting in an ambush and there everything has ended up in zilch.

MEHBOOB ALAM Kharian

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Comments (8)

ASA
July 5, 2012 11:08 am
Terrible thing this democracy isn't it. You just can't rely on it to produce the "correct" result!!!
nmm
July 5, 2012 3:00 pm
very well put
OMER
July 5, 2012 11:08 pm
Totally biased statements! Its unfair for the author to call them the taliban in disguise. The muslim brotherhood are a political movement which believe in change through democracy and parliament. Just because they have Islamic ideology doesnt put them in the shoes of taliban!!! we need to realise that the common people have rejected the corrupt secularist and are looking out for honest ideologists1
striker123
July 5, 2012 7:22 pm
had it been some "liberal", you would have been happy.... but if the same "democracy" results in someone you don't like then it is problematic let the people choose!
Aziz
July 5, 2012 7:01 pm
I agree. Emotional people should not be allowed to vote.
a.basit
July 5, 2012 4:30 am
Everyone demands democracy. When the people elect a party, why do we cry? On what basis can anyone predict that Muslim Brother will not run the country on sound lines. In Turkey when the pro Islamic part won the elections many people in Turkey were skeptical. But now you see how the country is progressing. Inshallah the same will be true for Egypt. People are allergic to any thing pro Islamic. They can swallow corrupt governments.. But would try their best to defame an Islamic approach. Let the Egyptians give a chance to Muslim Brotherhood.
P N Eswaran
July 5, 2012 6:19 am
I fully agree with Alam. The Arab spring has turned into an Islamic winter. An accidental revolution has triggered a series of crises in the Islamic world. I think with the developments in Syria a full fledged war between Shia and Sunnis is inevitable.
AMAZ
July 5, 2012 3:57 pm
Taliban belong to a salafi ideology, believe in top down sharia enforcement. Muslim brotherhood follows no particular school, believe in bottom up change, never destroyed anyone's places of worship nor shaved beards forcefully. Can you please back your article with something? Thank you.
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