Is Morsi a Dictator at Heart?
Two views on whether he and the Muslim Brotherhood duped the West
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2012 12:26 PM CST
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi speaks to reporters in July.   (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

(Newser) – Mohamed Morsi's bid to put himself above the courts, at least temporarily, has protesters filling Tahrir Square again and commenters debating whether he's been a dictator-in-waiting all along. Two views on that subject:

  • Jonah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times: Morsi is no moderate and never has been, no matter what his defenders in the West say. The new power grab is only the latest evidence: "In less than half a year, Mohamed Morsi has deftly built the apparatus of despotism," writes Goldberg. He and the Muslim Brotherhood are using the excuse of cleaning up Hosni Mubarak's mess to "consolidate power" and to turn Morsi into a dictator in all but name. (Goldberg likens the tactic to what the Nazis did in pre-war Germany.) It's "heartening" that protesters are rising up, "but that doesn't mean Morsi's intended goal is any less obvious." Full column here.

  • Noah Feldman, Bloomberg View: Yes, Morsi "overreached in his decree and explained it poorly," but he did so "in the service of preserving electoral democracy." He's already walked it back some, and now he should "clarify that he is not claiming any inherent authority for the presidency." Don't give up on him or democracy in Egypt yet. But Morsi "must do more to demonstrate that he still believes in the system that brought him to office." Full column here.

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Barbs1133
Nov 28, 2012 2:16 PM CST
I agree. Just another dictator. When Arab Spring came along I could see the writing on the wall. I knew nothing good was going to come of it. Just hope I am wrong.
Murahu
Nov 27, 2012 9:56 PM CST
Hillary and Obama cheered the Arab Spring. They assured us the Muslim Brotherhood was moderate. They lied - just as they lied about the video causing the killing of the Americans in Benghazi. Morsi demanded that the film maker be punished, and Obama complied; that filmmaker now sits in an American jail. Morsi persecutes Christians in Egypt and allowed shelling of Israel from the Sinai. Most of the weapons used in Gaza probably got there through tunnels from Egyptian territory. Now Morsi declares his dictatorial powers. Morsi says women can have equal rights, so long as it does not conflict with sharia law!! Obama is allied with this real war on women. Obama and Hillary have led the US into a disaster in the Middle East. Sadly, the Democrats won in November. Now, how many will lose their freedom because of their pro-Muslim policies?
finkster
Nov 27, 2012 3:23 PM CST
The Muslim Brotherhood is an extremists group who wants Egypt to be under the control of Sharia Law And Morsi heads this group What did Egypt expect since they elected him to be President?