The majority of Egyptians are on the verge of getting their wish—a theocratic state—but they may rue the day that they did. The following quote comes from Middle East analyst Theodore May, and appeared as part of an opinion piece at CNN’s website:
The Muslim Brotherhood has made efforts to reassure the Egyptian public and the international community that it will embrace capitalism and not use Islam as a pretext for implementing policy that might further derail the economy. The threat to the economy, though, is that a Muslim Brotherhood-led government – because of the widespread mistrust Islamists engender around the world – will inherently deter the international community from engaging Egypt on a business level.
Translation: religious fundamentalism is bad for international business and this is the sound of Egypt’s economy going down: glub, glub, glub.
For some perspective on Egypt’s tragic direction, here’s a Baha’i ad complaining about appearance vs. reality in Egypt (in terms of basic human rights and intellectual freedom) from four years ago. Egypt is likely to be far worse on such measures a year from now—most especially eliciting bad press for the treatment of its Christian minority (10% of Egypt’s population), and this can’t be good for business.
And, thanks to the Islamic Brotherhood, Egypt’s 1979 peace treaty with Israel is now in grave jeopardy:
And hard-won feminist progress will be among the biggest losers in the new Egypt. Below is Gamal Abdel Nasser speaking about women’s dress in Egypt at a time when a general return to medievalism seemed ridiculous.
Navigating the 21st century, Egypt is (sadly) losing its way. The Arab Spring appears headed for a long Islamist winter.