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March 25, 2013

Why is Morsi a failure in every sense?

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In politics as in physics there are basic laws, if a political leader respects and follows them he will succeed but if not he will fail, often with a high price paid by the people. Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is a classic example of a failed political leader and the 92 million Egyptians are now paying a heavy price.

To be a successful political leader, following these laws is necessary but not sufficient. To be successful, the political leader must also have leadership qualities; to have a vision, be a team player, a good manager, a good communicator, a good listener and well read. Morsi has none of these characteristics.

Morsi took office in July last year promising to work hard to fulfill the three aims of the January 25th revolution; to live in a democracy, and to achieve both economical development and social justice. This is exactly what his platform was during his presidential campaign, and it was also the reason that he got more votes, only 2%, than his rival.

The first law of politics states that in such cases following a revolution, if Morsi negates on his election promises then the people, all the people, those who elected him and those did not, will lead an uprising against him as they will consider him a liar, never to be trusted.

The second law of politics states that if Morsi uses the police to harass, intimidate, and kill those who lead the uprising against him, he will fuel more of the same. And this is exactly what Morsi has done during his first 8 months in office.

As corollary to this law, if the head of the state continues on this track he is inviting more violence on the streets which will result, sooner or later, in the masses, with or without the help of the army, to topple him. This is again will be the end of Morsi, off course if and only if the US (alone and via Qatar) stays away from saving him.

The third law of politics states that in a political turmoil like what is happening in Egypt now, the local currency will suffer resulting in high inflation, local and foreign investments will disappear, unemployment will increase and the poor will become poorer. As result kiss good bye to achieving economical development and social justice.

As corollary of the third law, the poor will join the uprising in mass and pity crime will sour. And this is exactly what happened in Egypt under Morsi’s leadership.

The fourth law of politics states that if an elected president gives himself dictatorial powers and declared that his decrees  are all above the law, then he becomes an outlaw and losses not only his legitimacy as an elected head of state but loses also the respect among his people, his subordinates and the international community of nation states. These in turn make the people not respectable of the law or any of the court rulings; if the head of the state turns his back to the law why should they. This is what we have witnessed in the last 8 month of Morsi’s rule.

The fifth law of politics states that if an elected president turned a dictator (EPTD) ignores the opposition’s political views accusing her of sabotaging his rule and blaming her for the uprisings, the violence in the streets, the increase in pity crime, etc. etc. then the conclusion is this: the EPTD will not accept the responsibility of his actions and will not learn from his mistakes, hence he will lead his country into a disaster.

The sixth law of politics states that if the EPTD interferes with the courts and the justice system and politizes court cases, then the justice system will collapse and loses its power as being impartial and fair. Again, and again Morsi interfered with the court system by appointing Muslim Brotherhood members as General Prosecutor and as Minister of Justice and approved a new constitution which was approved only by less than 20% of the registered voters.

The case of Morsi as a failed political leader breaking all these six laws of politics was manifested clearly in the events of last Saturday.

A court verdict over last year soccer violence in Port Said which resulted in 72 fans of the strong Cairo’s Al-Ahly club being killed, sparked fresh unrest across the country, with deadly clashes between police and protesters and buildings being torched, as the civil unrest which was already wide spread in several cities grow even farther.

This wave of unrest came on the heel of last week court ruling that Morsi’s calling for parliamentary elections in April is illegal under the current election law.

Morsi was, and still is, facing a revolt in Port Said, growing nationwide unrest and an unprecedented police strike across the country. All this and he is nowhere to be found.

A Port Said court, sitting in Cairo for security reasons, confirmed death sentences for 21 defendants and handed down life sentences to five people, with 19 receiving lesser jail terms and another 28 exonerated. The ruling was considered harsh to appease the politically strong and well organized fans of Cairo’s Al-Ahly club, as Morsi thought they would join the opposition parties calling for his downfall.

The court’s confirmation of the death sentences for the 21 defendants was unprecedented in the country’s history as Egypt’s Grand Mufti has not yet confirmed the death sentences as the law demands. Also sending 21 people to their death meant that the panel of judges had no doubt that these people had the intention and also the means to kill the 72 victims of the Al-Ahly club. This is hard to believe. Worse still, the court also did not address the motivation and did not identify the master mind behind the tragedy.

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