It looks like the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsy (or Morsi or Moursy, there are variant transliteratons) was one of the top two finishers in the Egyptian presidential election May 23-24, and now will advance to the runoff in June, and might be Egypt’s first freely-elected president post-Mubarak or ever. His remaining opponent will be Mubarak’s last PM, Ahmed Shafik.
(Probably. There are already street protests, arson of Shafik’s Cairo campaign HQ, and demands to nullify the vote for irregularities. A lot of Egyptians apparently don’t like having to choose between an old-regime figure and an MB candidate. Hamdeen Sabahi, a lefty-secularist and a longtime opponent of the Mubarak regime, ran third, by official count. Well, be all that as it may . . .)
Now, my initial reaction is, don’t panic. Let’s keep this in perspective. The MB is not going to stone adulterers or make women quit their jobs and wear burqas. That would be Al-Nour.
From what I can see, it’s very-more-or-less the Islamic equivalent of Christian democracy. No CD party in Europe wants to reinstate the Inquisition or revive the Crusades. (And no sensible Egyptian wants to get so nasty with Israel that U.S. aid dries up – I understand we give roughly equal amounts to both countries.) And we have more than a few Republicans in the U.S. (not the majority of them, I think, not any more) whose gorge would rise at the thought of a female POTUS or a non-Christian POTUS. What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the shwarma.
Anyone here think the prospect of a Morsi/MB Administration in Egypt is really something to worry about? A threat to Israel? A threat to Egyptian seculars/women/non-Muslims?