Egypt’s first elected Pharaoh
As democracy spreads throughout what the West insist on calling the ‘Islamic world’, Egypt is seeing the firstfruits of the ‘Arab Spring’. While Libya’s uncertain future is still emerging, and Syria faces a certain future of civil war, Mohamed Morsi has become the first freely elected president of Egypt. The Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, once proscribed by Hosni Mubarak, is on the ascendancy.
With this election dies all Western geo-political influence in Egypt, and also quite possibly the Camp David accords which heralded peace with Israel. With Islamists in Iran, Islamists in Gaza, Islamists in Syria and Islamists in Egypt, we must thank Allah that the ‘Islamic world’ is as fractured and fragmented as the Christian one. There is no more social cohesion, unity of doctrine or meeting of minds among the disparate expressions of Islam as there are between the myriad of denominations, factions and cults which purport to constitute Christendom. The ‘Islamic world’ is simply a convenient classification of the West: it is meaningless because it implies a geographic entity unified by a monolithic faith – a caliphate. But the ‘Islamic world’ has no universal understanding of this, and so the concept is as meaningless to Muslims as it is to those of other faiths and none.
But that won’t stop Mohamed Morsi, for whom the ‘Brotherhood’ does indeed constitute the ‘Muslim world’, the unity of Islam, the Ummah. Political Islam is the only Islam: Egypt’s allies are no longer in the West, but with the jihadic struggle of other Islamist movements who seek to depose those corrupt and repressive dictatorships who consort with the Great Satan.
President Morsi has pledged to rule Egypt for all Egyptians, but don’t expect much on human rights or liberty if you’re female or Coptic Christian, and even less if you happen to be both. And you really should expect a high degree of antagonism if you’re a military type, for the new President won’t be keen on the constitutional constraints imposed by the unelected generals of yesterday, who hastily cobbled together a formula to prevent another 35-year pharaoh exercising supreme power. President Morsi will bide his time and cultivate a number of reconciliatory faces in order to appear all things to all people. One day he will be full of conservative religious fervour; the nest he will be moderate and liberal. One day he will be orthodox Brotherhood; the next he will be no friend of their at all.
But we must not forget that in his heart he loves his god above all, and that his doctrine of his god isn’t particularly disposed to equality, democracy or the existence of Israel. “We as Egyptians, Muslims and Christians,” he said, “we will face together the strife and conspiracies that target our national unity.”
For the Brotherhood, there is only one ‘strife’ in the region: there is only one conspiracy which targets Egyptian national unity.
And that is the Zionist one.