Monday, August 13, 2012
What just happened in Egypt is an example of courage and forbearance and a message to the public that civilians rule the country. The courage belongs to Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, the forbearance to the generals who have steered the country since the uprising. If the situation holds, citizens are the winners. The generals could have staged a coup. They might have even thought about it. For some reason they haven't -- not yet anyway. Mursi could have lived with the situation in which his power was checked at every turn. That he didn't is a victory for Egyptians. The public relations message of Mursi's move is powerful. With one action, he has moved the country back to a course of civilian leadership. Time will tell whether he can keep it there.