Egyptians want democracy, but is their country turning into Iran?
Like Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohammed Morsi, says his powers are divinely blessed.
A similar pattern of behaviour was evident in Iran following the overthrow of the Shah, when Ayatollah Khomeini, the founding father of Islamic Republic, succeeded in imposing a new constitution on the Iranian people which was based more on the will of God than the rule of law. At a stroke, the pro-democracy aspirations of ordinary Iranians were crushed by the creation of an Islamic theocracy. As Khomeini himself warned secularists when the new constitution was drawn up: “Revolt against God’s government is a revolt against God, and a revolt against God is blasphemy.”
...But now that Mr Morsi can claim divine guidance in his attempts to forge a new constitution, secularists will face an uphill struggle if they are to prevent Egypt turning from a military dictatorship into a theocracy.
The world has learned valuable lessons from Iran Revolution in 1979, when Islamists hijacked the revolution and suppressed any non-Islamic groups.
Egypt should not follow the same dreadful path. Egyptians deserve to have a democratic country free of any religious oppression.
I agree with you. Some info I've read about Libya is not too promising either.
Has the world really learned those lessons? Does the world learn?
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