The world of politics, more particularly Middle Eastern politics, produces transitions, twists and turns which bear close observation. Nothing is as it first seems to be. Once upon a time not so long ago hailed as the post-Hosni-Mubarak leader of the Egyptian transition into true democracy, Muslim Brotherhood honcho Mohammed Morsi mysteriously disappeared from the American Press Corps radar screen. Egypt’s military ousted him in 2013 and, with the remnants of deposed Mubarak supporters, re-established a nation run by the army.
Well, Morsi is back in the news. He’s been handed a death sentence. For what? A prison break that brought him to power in 2011? The prison break story we’re being handed at the moment is news to me. I should have paid closer attention. But here it is, buried in a rather obscure report, from the Associated Press via MSN.com:
CAIRO — An Egyptian court has confirmed a death sentence handed to ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising that eventually brought him to power.
Wait a minute. I thought these Arab Spring revolts were all about Jeffersonian democracy, justice and the American way for the repressed people of the Middle East who yearn to be free.
Judge Shaaban al-Shami confirmed the ruling Tuesday after consulting with the country’s religious authority as required by Egyptian law in cases involving the death penalty. The religious authority issues non-binding opinions on such sentences.
And why on earth, you may be asking yourself, is a nation’s religious authority in consultation with a Judge over a death sentence? Because this is the World of Islam. Shariah rules above all, or relentlessly roils and boils beneath the surface if the current powers that be have managed to suppress some of the Shariah proponents.
The ruling will automatically be appealed. The judge also confirmed death sentences for five other jailed leading members of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group.
It’s important to remember that Shariah was overwhelmingly supported in the 2012 post-Mubarak Egyptian constitutional referendum voting, during which the populace chose to institute Shariah as the law of the Egyptian land. Isn’t it interesting in these Arab Spring revolts, after the smoke has cleared and elections are held, the vast majority of the newly-liberated people vote in favor of – Muslim law ( which includes mysogyny, repression of women and non-Muslims, cruel Hadd punishments such as flogging for alcohol consumption, amputations for what we consider petty crimes, and stoning to death for adulterers).
Isn’t it also interesting that American presidents and other affiliated political leaders (elected or appointed) have repeatedly either acted as cheerleaders, or actually supplied immense amounts of cash and military armed action in support of the uprisings in Egypt, Libya and Syria? Some of those Libyan “freedom fighters” turned out to be not as virtuous as Arizona’s Senator John McCain (R) led us to believe they were.
The military overthrew and detained Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, in July 2013 amid massive protests demanding his resignation.
Now, the purported great leader of Egypt’s Arab Spring transition to freedom and democracy is condemned to death. What will be Mohammed Morsi’s manner of execution? I have no idea.
Here’s a question or two to ponder: Why are we even involved with these people? What is there in these Muslim Hell holes that is worth even one more American dollar or one more American life?