|Egyptian president ‘to change law to allow faster executions’ Abdel Fatah al-Sisi – speaking at funeral of assassinated lead prosecutor – indicates he will cut the lengthy appeals process for those on death row|
Let’s all say it together – Egyptian “President” Abdel Fatah el-Sisi is a DICTATOR.
Need proof? Let’s move beyond the blood lust bound up in el-Sisi’s call for faster executions in Egypt… because what the world needs now is executions that have even less appeals and review… and consider this gem of a paragraph:
“According to the current process, a death sentence can only be enforced after lengthy appeals. But as Egypt has been without a sitting parliament for two years, Sisi – as the country’s sole elected official – can issue laws by decree. As a result, he may technically be able to change the speed at which executions can be completed. Legal experts believe he is already enacting authoritarian laws at a rate not seen in Egypt for 60 years.”
And less we forget, the US is entirely complicit in this. The Obama administration spoke out against the rule of Hosni Mubarak as Egyptians took to the streets during the Arab Spring protests to oppose decades of military rule in Egypt. Mohammed Morsi was elected President, overreached and was deposed by the military led by el-Sisi. Sisi’s “election” and his immediate turn to despotism was essentially blessed by the Obama administration when they agreed to continue aid to Egypt after Morsi’s overthrow and el-Sisi’s sham election.
So, once again, the foreign policy of the US has chosen perceived immediate stability over the somewhat more bumpy and unpredictable evolution of democracy in the Middle East. It’s not the first time we’ve done this… it’s sort of our thing at this point… we’re pro’s out it.
But what absolutely drives me nutty is when we sit around and naively ask questions like “why can’t democracy work in the Middle East?” or “why do “they” hate us”? The reasons are clear folks… it’s us… it’s the choices our government makes… and its the dictators we embrace rather than sanction.
If we want to see democracy work in the Middle East, it means engaging with the government of Mohammed Morsi or the Hamas-led government in Palestine. Just because we engage leaderships with whom we have serious and substantial objections to and issues with does not mean we approve of them. We, the United States, needs to understand that democracy doesn’t happen over night, that sometimes parties we don’t like win elections, and that over time organic democracy, with all its warts, bumps and bruises, is a far better product than the immediate stability provided by dictators because it is those dictatorships that sow the seeds of extremism and fanaticism that ultimately cause far more upheaval.