The “Arab Spring” fostered by events in Egypt now turns to the “Winter of Discontent,” again with the focus on Egypt.
Americans can learn a lot about our history of establishing a constitutional republic by watching the events unfold in this Middle East country — one with a history that in comparison makes the U.S. history look like a speck on a timeline.
Back when the Arab spring blossomed in Egypt, many hoped for the emergence of a democratic state.
But others, including me, saw better chances for an Islamic state developing.
Back then, when the potential for democratic elections surfaced, news outlets reported that a group called the Muslim Brotherhood would not participate.
As the one-year anniversary of the “Arab Spring” approaches, it appears not much good bloomed from it.
Egypt’s military took over the government there, and in the first round of “free” elections, the party aligned with Islamic fundamentalism won the most seats in the assembly. Meanwhile, 16 Americans have their lives hanging in the balance after Egyptian officials arrested them for spying.