Mohamed Morsy has been elected President of Egypt. There was much rejoicing, and there was much angst.
Rejoicing, because something like a democratic process has now for the first time elected the political leader of Egypt. Among some of those the rejoicing is due to the simple fact of his Muslim Brotherhood party allegiance. Among others it is due to his US education, two American citizen children and arguably moderate political positions.
Angst among some because he represents the Muslim Brotherhood at all, that he is the possible harbinger of an open Gaza border over which arms flow to fire at Israel.
The game is afoot among political pundits and prognosticators. What the future holds remains uncharted.
As usual my sunny optimism sides with Mira Tzoreff instead of Zvi Mazel in the Jerusalem Post:
While Mazel pointed to the Muslim Brotherhood’s history, its rhetoric and its stated aims of an Islamic Middle East, Dr. Mira Tzoreff of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University offered a more optimistic view.
Tzoreff, who has written about the Muslim Brotherhood, said while Morsy would almost certainly spout more hardline Islamic-sounding rhetoric, there would likely be a gap between what he says and what he actually does.
In order to succeed politically and economically, Morsy will have to adopt policies acceptable to all Egyptians, including liberal and secular people, Tzoreff said.
“If he does that, he might succeed in unifying Egypt and pulling it out of the socioeconomic mire,” she added.
According to Tzoreff, Morsy is “theoretically capable” of succeeding, but only if he cooperates with SCAF and other parties and does not become a captive to his Brotherhood ideology.
What say you, Moose? Is it time for Joy, Angst or Pondering in and about Egypt?