Egypt President wrestles with army. Win or lose?
Today the President, the People’s Assembly, and the Supreme Court had
a showdown. But the Army is surely watching. And on that showdown hangs
the future of Egypt and whether it will go to war again.
the People’s Assembly, thus openly defying the Court. The Assembly sat
for five minutes. But it also said it would get other legal opinions on
whether the Supreme Court acted properly last June.
The Supreme Court swiftly answered the President and Assembly. They ruled
that Morsi had no legal right to recall the Assembly. Several people
gathered in Liberation Square in Cairo to protest the ruling.
So now, as the Los Angeles Times said (even before the Court ruled today), the President and the Army are fighting for power. The Times
seems to think that the Army must be careful not to rile the people, or
Egypt’s treaty partners. The editors also said that this is only the
Barack H. Obama, putative President of the US, doesn’t seem to want
to say out loud whom he wants to win this fight. Yesterday he said he
would meet Morsi at the White House this September, when the UN General
Assembly meets. Now (according to UPI) he says he’ll see Morsi at the UN.
Morsi has gone all-out, and is fighting to win. If he blinks before
the Army now, no one in the Middle East will take him seriously. The
world will know that he can threaten to break treaties and go to war all
he wants, but if the Army does not want to march, it will not march.
To win, Morsi will have to replace the commanding field marshal and
maybe every general with any real authority. The only questions then
- How fast will Egypt break its treaty with Israel? And:
- Can Morsi find a general who can succeed where Nasser’s and Sadat’s generals failed so miserably in 1967 and 1973?
So what say you? Will Morsi win his wrestling match with the Army? Or will he lose?
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