Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi has been declared Egypt's new President.
The Islamist takeover of Egypt is now complete.
While the Muslim Brotherhood has been part of Egypt's political life for more than 80 years, it wasn't until the mid-1990s when its power began to ascend in earnest. Contrary to the claims of James Clapper, the Muslim Brotherhood is not "a largely secular organization" as can be seen in these photos of the graduating class of the University of Cairo. Check out how differently the women are dressed by 2004 as compared to previous years going back to 1959.
I believe the Muslim Brotherhood will continue to run multi-party elections in the interim. But don't think for a minute that such a practice will carry on if its power is seriously threatened in any way, shape or form. The chief aim and objective of the Muslim Brotherhood is to revolve life around the Koran through Sharia law. Any challenge to that aim and objective is not going to be tolerated. Which means life gets a whole lot worse for Muslims who believe in secularism and pluralism and, of course, for non-Muslims - particularly for Coptic Christians.
This also means the Camp David Accords are dead. Maybe not today or tomorrow but it's only a matter of time. In which case, Israel and Egypt will once again be at war. It isn't inconceivable that Egypt and Iran could form a Sunni-Shiite alliance in the name of destroying Israel once and for all.
As with all dictators, Hosni Mubarak wielded power arbitarily and capriciously. Yet at the same time, the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood would come under his watch albeit a very gradual one. Nonetheless, I have a very strong feeling that in the not too distant future Egyptians who demonstrated in Tahrir Square will long for the days of Mubarak.
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