The last vestiges of the Arab Spring ended in Egypt yesterday as President Mohamed Morsi gave himself absolute power to rule by decree until a new constitution is in place. His decisions are not subject to question. Don’t expect a new constitution to come to pass anytime soon.
Egyptians responded by demonstrating in Tahrir Square where they were repelled by tear gas. In Alexandria, protesters stormed and burned down part of the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters.
As Pete Townshend wrote, “Meet the new boss; same as the old boss.”
Then again, the new boss is probably worse because he will get away with it. The Obama Administration is in love with him because of his role in negotiating a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. As a result they can live with a few cracked heads. Perhaps worst of all, the Obama Administraton sees Morsi as a peacemaker when in reality he wants to help Hamas bide its time in its mission to destroy Israel.
Mohamed el-Baradei calls Morsi “Egypt’s new Pharoah.” I would call him an Ayatollah.