So the Egyptians have voted in an Islamist. Should the real democratic loving Egyptians be afraid? Yes! However, this time, I don’t think Egypt will end up like the IRI. The one huge difference is Egypt’s military involvement/hovering over the situation. This is an element that was lacking when Khomeini came to power.
The Shah, because of internal politics and personal fears, created a military leadership that was not unified. Khomeini did not have to fear the Iranian military as much. There was only one major attempt by the Iranian military (Air Force) to intervene and it was crushed by the Islamist in a brutal fashion.
Conversely, in Egypt, we have a more unified military leadership that fears the Islamists. They will watch the Brotherhood closely and will not let them create a constitution that is meaningless as the case was with our genius democratic Islamists like Bazargan who gave Khomeni the country on a silver platter without realizing it. The Egyptian military knows that the Islamists will eventually try to use the “democratic system” to destroy democracy.
Stay tuned. It will get more interesting with Obama’s weak policy towards the Islamists.
Obama (USA) is making the same mistakes as the Carter administration during the Shah. The liberal “democracy” loving Americans will never learn. Democracy is not for everyone. Especially for the poor uneducated Egyptians (unfortunately) who do not even understand the concept of democracy. I guess you have to start somewhere. If I was an Egyptian, I would say thank god there is a strong and unified Egyptian military.