The Perils of Democracy on Display in EgyptSubmitted by Marc Clair on Fri, 07/05/2013 - 17:21
Did anyone else find it ironic that, a day before much of the inhabitants of my social media feeds were celebrating "Independence Day", many of those same folks were cheering on a military coup in Egypt? Typically one would think that those that favor "democracy" - a system where the leaders are elected via majority rule - would be appalled that a democratically elected leader would be overthrown by the military of a country.
Of course, morality seems to be relative for most supporters of democracy. It's great when folks they like are elected, but when some characters get elected that aren't so favorable, then other methods like a military overthrow are just peachy!
The problem is not whether a government is chosen by "the people" or by a military tribunal. The real problem lies in the creation of power centers. When a center of power - aka government - is formed, and the majority of the population believes that control of this power center is they key to advancing their goals - then it is inevitable that people will clash over those power centers.
Sometimes, as with U.S. politics, those clashes are mostly rhetorical. But in Egypt those clashes have become very real and very violent. Here's a sampling of some tweets describing the events unfolding in Cairo today (h/t Robert Wenzel):
BREAKING: Egypt: Troops open fire at pro-Morsi protesters, at least one seriously wounded.