If there was any doubt, the bloody crackdown underway in Egypt confirms that the army and security services are back in the driver’s seat of an increasingly chaotic country. With the backing of secular groups, these powerful institutions are working to demolish the Muslim Brotherhood, which they label a terrorist movement, and revive the repressive systems of the Mubarak regime.
To be sure, the Muslim Brotherhood’s brief governance of Egypt under elected president Mohamed Morsi seriously threatened democratic development there. Morsi rammed through an unrepresentative constitution and decreed his actions above judicial review. He and other Brotherhood leaders promoted intolerance and sought to restrict rights, control the judiciary, and enshrine an unfair electoral system.