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I viewed a panel discussion today on BBC News Dateline program and became aware of one member, Abdallah Homouda, who was very clear in his opinion on the events as they were unfolding in Egypt. His view was contrarion to the Western media and pointed to the 45-days the Muslim Brothers agitated and provoked the Egyptian people. The MB had a crucial role how violence spread across the nation. The large majority of Egyptians (70%) are fed up with the Muslim Brotherhood and are thankful the military stepped in before Egypt would become an Islamic state under the MB. The violence in front of the Revelutionary Barracks in July were provoked by armed militants of the MB who shot and killed three soldiers before gunfire was returned. The militants wanted to set former president Morsi free in a jail break. Searching for Homouda, I came across this article. The author defined the event of November 2012 accurately, his expectations looking forward didn't hold.

Mursi's Folly

(Reuters) Nov. 23, 2012 - After helping end the fighting in Gaza, impressing President Barack Obama and negotiating a $4.8 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund, Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has fallen victim to what Bill Clinton calls "brass."

Mursi's hubristic post-Gaza power grab on Thursday was politically tone deaf, strategic folly and classic over-reach. It will deepen Egypt's political polarization, scare off desperately needed foreign investment and squander Egypt's rising credibility in the region and the world.

Television images of renewed clashes in Cairo, Alexandria, Port Said and Suez will play into stereotypes that the Middle East is not ready for democracy. They will bolster suspicions inside and outside Egypt that the Muslim Brotherhood cannot be trusted.

I disagree with the skeptics and believe democracy can still be established in Egypt. But Mursi's moves won't help Egypt make the difficult transition. [How wrong can one be - Oui]

"There was a disease but this is not the remedy," Hassan Nafaa, a liberal political science professor and activist at Cairo University. "We are going towards more polarization between the Islamist front on one hand and all the others on the other. This is a dangerous situation."

"There is an issue here about the balance of power between the Brotherhood and the nationalists and liberals, who appear unable to unify themselves," warned Abdallah Homouda, who writes for Egypt's leading independent newspaper al-Masry al-Youm. "The fear is that will leave the Brotherhood in a dominant position."

Many say Morsi has acted clumsily compared with his sophisticated approach to the military in the summer.

"Morsi inherited a country with a great number of very serious problems that nobody could address in months or very possibly in years," said the commentator Elijah Zarwan. "He came to power at a time when Egypt and the region were in crisis. His handling of some of these issues, including the war in Gaza, was effective and even surprisingly adroit. In other cases he has made mistakes. His handling of the judiciary has been probably been his biggest. It is very difficult to see how he can climb down."

About the author: David Rohde is a columnist for Reuters, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a former reporter for The New York Times. His latest book, "Beyond War: Reimagining American Influence in a New Middle East," was published in April.

by Oui on Sun Aug 18th, 2013 at 03:52:20 AM EST

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