Thursday letters: Egyptians need steady ally

January 30, 2014 

David Kirkpatrick’s indictment of the new constitution of Egypt in his article (“Voters approve Egypt’s revised constitution, Jan. 19) is accurate in most details. The current “interim” regime was brutal in its opposition to any who showed signs of disagreement to the new charter: “Several activists were arrested just for hanging signs of a no vote.” As has been pointed out repeatedly, the new charter is not all that different from the 2012 document.

The interim president dubbed this “yea” vote by less than 40 percent of the electorate as a sure sign on the road toward democracy. This is a sham, as democracy is not compatible with the growing prospect of Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi running for president unopposed. Indeed, he is all but crowned by his worshipers. Some are of the opinion that he is self-crowned to become the next strong man of Egypt.

It is useless to figure out the position of the United States in this charade, as the administration and the Congress are at sixes and sevens about their policy in the region as a whole. What Egypt requires is a stolid, steady ally with the interest of the Egyptians at heart.

Saba E. Demian

Columbia

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