Well, it didn't turn out that way as Morsi, the titular head of the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization that had been previously banned from politics by the government, began his own push for tyranny and oppression of anyone not agreeing with his strict views. At the center of their target list were the Coptic Christians although Muslims not supporting their violent cause were also subject to pain and suffering. But Morsi refused to relent, introducing a new constitution that basically gave the rights of governance to the MB organization without regard to proper protections for the minority groups. And once again, the government of the United States put its weight behind an organization that believed in ridding their country of free Christians.
The result: protests and riots filled the streets and the MB answered with the burning of Christian churches and the maiming and killing of those with whom they disagreed. A jihad of severe proportions was utilized, yet the many minorities and their other supporters, which together constituted a large population, refused to back off and the country was thrown into chaos.
Only one organization within the government, the Army, had the discipline and power to stop this dreadful situation. Its Chief of Staff, General el-Sissi quickly realized that Morsi and his new government would do nothing to serve the best interests of all the people and he was hell bent on ruthless power and implementation of strict Sharia law. The Constitution was changed and the Christians became major targets for destruction. Burning of churches and violence against them when they were in session rose significantly. Since the Army is the one institution in Egypt that tried to maintain fair relations with all groups of citizens and which supported the concept of a secular government, it decided that action was necessary to restore order and decency in the largest country in the Middle East.
The Army gave Morsi the opportunity to resign which he refused and shortly thereafter arrested him and his key personnel and put them in prison. A sweep of the MB activists nationwide ensued and the ultimate result was a cooling of tensions and a return to a much better state of order. The MB has literally been put out of action although some of their supporters continue to pursue terrorist actions against non-Muslims and other Muslims with whom they disagree. But the Army has been resolute, a revised Constitution allowing for more normalized activity by citizens has been voted on and passed, and they have even expressed a strong desire to take on Hamas, certainly a sister group to the MB, and by doing so they will lessen the likelihood of more terrorism from the South against Israel.
In this latter regard, the Army has destroyed many of the underground tunnels between Egypt and Gaza which have been used to ship weapons and such to the Israeli front. As these sources dry up and Gaza becomes less violent, the southern flank of hostility against Israel can be curtailed, thereby enabling Israel to turn more of its defensive efforts against Syria and their puppets in Lebanon.
So while our President continues to condemn the Egyptian Army for being dictatorial and ending democracy in Egypt, remember the democratically elected MB representatives turned a democratic election result into a program of tyranny, and the result was death and lack of opportunity/economic improvement for Egypt's long suffering population. I think it shows that democracy is not always the answer, at least not in a land where hate is so strong at the top. General el-Sissi appears to want a more normalized society, where people can move about freely and business can thrive, and in this regards he has announced that his forces will work directly to destroy the Hamas camp in Gaza, a step which will be one more blow against Muslim extremism.
I think we Americans should welcome this turn of events and I think our government, if they continue to insist on government by the MB after what they have done, will clearly be on the wrong side of the issue and the wrong side of history. Of course, hasn't that been the case in most recent events of late?
Say a prayer for the good people of Egypt, those who want peace and prosperity just like most American do. And say a prayer for our long suffering Christian brothers and sisters in Egypt who may have good reason to be encouraged today. Let's hope that the General is successful in his campaign and that a normal, rational approach to governing this large Middle Eastern country becomes ingrained in her psyche. Egypt can play a big stabilizing role in giving Israel breathing room and, in so doing, provide peace for the Land of the God of Abraham. There is really no reason why Christians can't peacefully coexist with Muslims who have peace in their hearts. But those who are filled with hate and want to destroy people and places, the General is right on target with what he is trying to accomplish and that's all we can ask for. Keep up the good work, General, and know that there are many here in America who are glad that you stepped in when you did. There is never a bad time to do what is right and just.