Tuesday, July 02, 2013

The Meaning of Morsi's Looming Ouster

A Turning Point for the Middle East and US Foreign Policy 

If all goes well, the reign of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood will soon be a memory--inshallah.

The fall of the fountainhead of rightwing political Islam and its puppet will constitute Islamism's greatest defeat since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution launched the clerical fascist creed on a seemingly unstoppable upward trajectory. For the first time in nearly three-and-a-half decades, secular Muslims and Christians will have successfully rebelled and removed an Islamist regime.

True, Egypt's army will most likely have to force Morsi from power. It is difficult, if not impossible, to imagine his departure absent army boots on the ground--and a swift kick. As of this writing, the embattled president has ignored the military's ultimatum, and the country is on edge. But the military would not have issued its ultimatum in the first place had millions of  Egyptians not taken to the streets to bring down the government.

The ouster of Morsi will serve as a timely warning to Turkey's Islamist regime, whose prime minister dreams of becoming the country's new sultan. Assuming the Turkish military has not been purged and Islamized beyond repair, the men in uniform could decide to follow the Egyptian example. Turkey could still be saved by the traditional guardian of the country's secular system.

Finally, the sweeping away of the Muslim Brotherhood--its firebombed, ransacked headquarters in Cairo should perhaps be preserved as a graphic reminder of the organization's monumental defeat--will be a major blow to the Obama administration. Its entire, utterly failed, pro-Islamist policy was based on two pillars of Islamism--Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and the Turkish regime.

One pillar has nearly been toppled; the other still stands--for now.