The most well-known name among those from the Egyptian military who held power and was charged with steering Egypt during the transition period between the end of President Mubarak and the instillation of the newly elected Muslim Brotherhood dominated government was the Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces Mohamed Tantawi. He was among those removed from their positions of power by newly elected Egyptian President Morsi as part of his consolidation of power. Also removed along with Defense Minister Tantawi were Chief of Staff Sami Anan and the commanders of the navy, air defense and air force. After last week’s attack that killed at least sixteen Egyptian personnel at the Gaza-Egyptian border, Morsi had fired Head of General Intelligence General Morad Mu'afi along with the Governor of the North Sinai. President Morsi also negated the amending of the Egyptian Constitution which had granted extraordinary powers to the military and restricted the powers of the Egyptian Presidency. These firings are in addition to the removal of numerous police commanders and the commander of the Presidential Guards which will enable President Morsi to put distance between himself and those commanders who had been implicated in the violence perpetrated against protesters since the end of Mubarak rule.
President Morsi released a statement claiming that these moves were not performed with any intent of insult to those who were removed from their positions or to dishonor the institutions or the military but were implemented in order to facilitate popular rule and empowering the elected government and allowing the military to recommit to the defense of the country. Many have interpreted the moves as a virtual putsch consolidating Muslim Brotherhood rule over Egypt with far reaching and total control. This was the final move in what has been an ongoing struggle for preeminent power in Egypt which had been being waged between President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood against the Military interim rulers. The initial volley was the dissolution of the newly elected Parliament by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces along with amendments to the Egyptian constitution negating civilian power in favor of military power in control of Egypt. President Morsi fired back by reinstating the Parliament to which the ruling military council restated their position. Then, following the disastrous terror attack in the Northern Sinai, President Morsi took the opportunity to initiate a change in the leadership and power structure in Egypt. These were the final moves on the chess game and President Morsi has attained checkmate and has now installed leadership within the military of Muslim Brotherhood chosen people. These moves were very similar to the changes put in place by Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan who transformed the Turkish Military leadership putting in place Generals and Commanders chosen for their loyalty to his AKP Party. I mention Turkey as it is very possible we will see an alliance and close partnership between Egypt and Turkey in the near future.
We can expect that Egypt will make subtle moves towards altering the enforcement of their laws and their constitution in such a way as to further the principles which are rooted in Sharia. This will be true of Turkey, Egypt and likely most of the other Muslim nations which have had changes in their governance during the Arab Spring which will soon face a change of season as the new leadership cement their place and usher in an Arab Winter for their people. Where most of the countries have faced financial difficulties which spurred these uprisings, they will soon realize that all that was accomplished was a change in masters as their lives and their countries’ economies will remain impoverished and will likely take turns for the worse. The changes in the Arab and Muslim Worlds are not going to alleviate the financial difficulties or make adjustments which are necessary for these countries to transform into modern economies. Instead of them progressing forward, we will be witness to regressive laws and societal progressions in a regressive manner under Sharia oriented influences. We should expect that when the people begin to complain as their lives are not improved that the leadership will trot out the usual excuses and blame their troubles on the West, Israel and the United States. These changes will eventually lead to a higher likelihood of Jihadist tendencies and attacks across Europe and inevitably in the United States.
The future is actually looking to be worse as these countries are dragged further into intolerance, now of a religious nature instead of the former socialist and nationalist roots which existed under their previous dictatorial governance. As which is worse may be debated, the difference is one that exists only in the root source, having no real effect on the end results. This does not bode well and is also the overriding reason why the coming election in the United States should adopt foreign policies as the number one consideration. Unfortunately, the election will be decided on two considerations, firstly on the financial benefit for the individual voter and second by who comes across as personable and the more enjoyable person should you somehow become friends and hang-out together. The truth is that all too many people will vote for the person who promises them money for nothing and a wears a carefree smile imbuing friendly warmth, for free, of course.