Will the West draw a lesson from Morsi?
Egypt has seen its first free presidential elections, and the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Mohamed Morsi was declared the winner of the elections. Western countries want to see their own favorite figures come to power rather than the public’s own choice.
Neither Morsi in Egypt nor Nouri al-Maliki in Iraq were the figures that the West wanted to see in power. The will of the public may not always be in line with those countries’ hopes. The Middle East is currently undergoing a major change. Iraq is ruled by a president who is supported by the Islamic Dawa Party; Tunisia is led by a figure supported by the an-Nahda movement and Egypt is ruled by a president from the Muslim Brotherhood. And now it is time to stop allowing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continue with his massacre and to let Syria elect whomever it wants, even though another figure from the Muslim Brotherhood might eventually be elected.