Egypt approves constitution drafted by Mursi allies

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Dec 25, 2012 9:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
Eric.Klein wrote:

That still means that it was approved by under 20% of eligible voters.

Not the rousing mandate or vote of support that they are trying to make it sound like. They could not even motivate 1/3rd of the eligible voters to come out and vote.

Dec 25, 2012 1:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Shamizar wrote:

Let the riots begin!

Dec 25, 2012 1:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
kiwibird wrote:

The minute the Islamists took hold the country was lost, they will slip back into poverty and abuse of their female population.

Dec 25, 2012 3:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MladenA wrote:

So the MB has won. And yet there will be almost no one to take the Western leaders and media to account for their stupidity two years ago. All those rosy predictions about the Arab Spring. The Israelis have yet again been proven right and the US and European media dead wrong. How is it possible that such a glaring example of incompetence and ignorance cannot be exposed? The Israeli media should rub it in.

Two years on – who was right on the Egyptian crisis?

Dec 25, 2012 4:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
kiwibird wrote:

MladenA – you are absolutely right.

Dec 25, 2012 4:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bobber1956 wrote:

Let us just hope and pray there is something that can be done about the travisties. We will be watching you Eqypt with hopes that you some how overthrow your dictator and rise to more free and democratic society. If you are successfull we will know how to oust ours.

Dec 25, 2012 4:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BioStudies wrote:

If you go find a translation of the constitution the preamble sounds fantastic. I mean utterly fantastic.

Then you get to article 2.

Article 2
Islam is the religion of the state and Arabic its official language. Principles of Islamic Sharia are the principal source of legislation.

Please note the words, “Islamic Sharia are the principal source of legislation.”

Dec 25, 2012 4:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse

American imperialism has a long and hard way ahead of it…. It’s almost too funny…. Now it’s Syria… Tomorrow it will be Algeria… Then Oman, the UAE and finally Saudi Arabia…


Dec 25, 2012 5:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Hey Eric Klein! does your last name refer to the size of your penis, or the size of your brain? Thanks!

Dec 25, 2012 5:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse
John2244 wrote:

Im a pretty atheist western capitalism rules kind of guy but why is the editorial so negative and judgmental. There was a vote and the majority won. In case after case in recent history if you follow this path it eventually leads to a more civil society versus an external party supporting a minority. We should not be upset if the vote is what it is – that is the path of least resistance. If you let the same block work through government in a violent way then polarization is extreme. We should be upset if the vote was a sham like Iraq or Syria…but it wasn’t.

Dec 25, 2012 7:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ottohedrick2 wrote:

The USA is sending Egypt 20, F-16s, and more A1-A Abrams Tanks. This could be used against Israel in the near future. Wake up Obama!

Dec 25, 2012 8:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Abulafiah wrote:

Why is everybody so surprised that an Islamic country chooses and Islamic government, and an Islamic constitution based on Islamic law?

Probably not a great choice, given that Islam accounts for near enough 25% of the global population but controls less than 5% of the worlds economy, but if Egypt chooses Islam and poverty – that is their choice.

Dec 25, 2012 11:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MPA wrote:

20% of eligible voters voted yes? Are you Karl Rove Jr.? How can 20% of eligible voters vote yes, when only 32% of the eligible voters voted?

In the far end of things, it sounds to me that given a low turn out, the so-called Opposition should have won. I mean these people, who have no jobs obviously, can show up by the tens of thousands day and day out, but for some reason they stay home during the polls?

The Brotherhood and Salafists, only show up when they need to prove a point, otherwise they are busing trying to tend to the communities. Yet they seem to win all of the elections.

In the end, it doesn’t matter if you win by 20 points or 2 points. A win is a win. And the Brotherhood continues to do just that.

I can’t wait for the Parliamentary elections. The “islamists” will just do a repeat of last years elections and win 66% of the vote. Then the Opposition leaders losers like ElBaraderei will continue to post nonsense about fraud and “20%”.

Funny how the 20% thing sounds remotely like Mitt Romney’s “47%” gaffe.

Dec 26, 2012 1:43am EST  --  Report as abuse
MPA wrote:

Abulafiah, I fail to see your point here. Islam doesn’t control any world economy anymore than Christianity. The only Christian nation I know of is The Vatican. Almost all European and Westeran countries are Secular.
That’s err #1.

#2 is you are co-mingling Islam with oil producing governments. In truth, it is the Arab counties of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar that control oil prices. He who controls the Oil, controls the world.

Dec 26, 2012 1:48am EST  --  Report as abuse
Abulafiah wrote:


I thought it was obvious enough to be self-explanatory, but…

25% of the worlds population are nominally Islamic. If wealth generation were spread equally, that 25% would produce 25% of the worlds wealth. But they don’t.

The very obvious conclusion is that Islamic countries are largely in poverty, which is very easily confirmed by the very simple act of getting a list of countries by GDP per capita.

Dec 26, 2012 2:31am EST  --  Report as abuse

I think we’re witnessing the moment where the Muslim Brotherhood ties the rope around its throat.

Seriously, any religious party who wants to get involved in politics is commiting suicide; particularly in a place like Egypt where expectations of the new government are sooo high. Want to rule, MB, go ahead. You can promote sharia all you want, but if you don’t manage to fix the economy or stabalize society, or if you try and pull Mubarak style tricks to keep your hold on power, you’ll find yourself just as discredited as the government you replaced. And meanwhile the military is standing quietly by…

As for Islam itself, it’s been proven time and time again that when it mixes too heavily with government , it’s soiled. Really that happens to any religion that becomes too politisized. Just ask most young people in Iran or Saudi Arabia – yes the generation that will eventually have power. Tremble my dear little clerics. When will people learn?

Dec 26, 2012 3:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
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