A Very Different Arab Spring

When the Arab Spring first emerged, Egypt’s Islamist Muslim Brotherhood said they would not run a candidate for president to replace Hosni Mubarek.  This promise was a boon to the more secular forces.

What a difference a year makes.  This spring, they’re saying, “Never mind.”  Having taken over Parliament and the group writing the new Constitution,  they are running Khairat el-Shater, a millionaire businessman and former political prisoner, for president.

We’ve all seen this movie before, from Czarist Russia to Iran under the Shah.  The idealistic, non-extreme folks start the revolution, and the fanatics finish it for them.

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