Egypt Must Fight For A Constitution

Aliah is our objective; The Prophet is our leader; the Quran is our law; Jihad is our way; dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Motto of the Muslim brotherhood

Those of us who are old enough to remember Iran and the Shah recall a country with western ideals. Never mind the undercurrent of oppression. What most Americans saw was freedom taking root. The Iranians were free to come and go at will, there were colleges for men and women and Iran was free to enjoy the fruits of capitalism.

The Shah and his lovely wife were photogenic. Their children went to American schools. They strolled through wonderful gardens and bought art for their homes. Within a flash this was gone. Women and girls were banned from schools and the marketplace and Iran was taken to a non-secular nightmare of oppression it could not have imagined. Iranian men and women were still murdered and the world stopped for Iran.

Egypt could learn some hard lessons from Iran’s history. Movies, music, nightclubs and things as simple as a bookstall could vanish overnight. The free flow of twitter and the internet could disappear. Un-Islamic content would seek to balance its world with the harsh realities of Islam and the Brotherhood.

Egypt  desperately needs a constitution with checks and balances to safe guard its past and for its future. The Egyptians need an economy. It should eliminate it’s one party system to protect its human rights and fight hard against the imposition of Shariah Law.DSMW