On Sunday, Morsi ordered the “retirement” of the country’s top military officials, replacing them with his own appointees. In addition to this thorough house-cleaning, the president also ordered the "retirement" of the commanders of the navy, air defense, and air force.
All this came on the heels of increased tension with Israel, as, on the same day, Jihad terrorists stole an armored car, killed 16 Egyptian border guards, and crashed through the Israeli border on the northern Sinai. Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) quickly destroyed the invaders. Up to 20 terrorists were killed.
This situation represents a challenge to Egypt's new president. Morsi openly opposes Israel, but realizes he must maintain basic agreements with Israel (like honoring their peace treaty) for his government to have legitimacy internationally. In addition, the Jihadists pose a threat to Morsi's sovereignty within his own nation. It doesn't look good that he's unable to control them. This crisis in the Sinai gave him the perfect opportunity to rid himself of his rivals in the Military and assert his authority.
But ridding himself of his political rivals wasn't all Morsi accomplished this weekend. He also cancelled the military-declared Constitutional addendum (which gave the generals wide powers) and amended another; the results being that he has full executive and legislative authority, as well as the power to set all public policies in Egypt and sign international treaties. The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party applauded his actions, calling the moves “the second wave of the revolution.” They say there was no secret deal between themselves and Morsi, stating that the Egyptian President's recent decisions were autonomous and reflected the power of his civilian office.
But is the Muslim Brotherhood jsut playing their hand close to the vest; suggesting that perhaps Morsi just staged his coup against the Military Council before they were able to instigate their own? What is the truth? It's hard to know and the question still remains.... will true democracy reign in Egypt, or will there by a hardline Islamic theme to the future of Egyptian government?
One thing that we do know is that only five out of the 36 ministers appointed by the President and his Prime Minister are affiliated with the Brotherhood or its Freedom and Justice Party. They are the higher education, youth, housing, information and manpower ministers. So, doesn't seem like much of a threat, right?
I can't help it; I picture the Middle East teetering on the edge of a precipice. Between the battle for power in Egypt, the revolution in Syria, and the hatred for Israel fomented by Iran, there doesn't appear to be any hope for peace in this region of the world. It's as if it is all spiraling out of control, and there are so many fronts on which hatred and Evil are growing. You can feel it .... the West is despised; fundamentalist radicals are growing in popularity and power; and our leadership appears weak, impotent and inadequate..... which only emboldens those who seek to exploit our vulnerability.
So while what goes on in Egypt alone will not change the future and the fortune of our great nation, it is just one more brick in a wall that is becoming a solid barrier to world peace. We better pay attention or that wall could easily surround us. The United States has been a defender of man's Liberty and Freedom since its inception. And we can't let our guard down now!
2 Peter 3:17-18 "Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever!"