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In Retrospect Morsi Never had a Chance to Succeed

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  Say what you will about Morsi, but from here in retrospect, he never had a chance to succeed. In fact it is hard to imagine anyone elected president a year ago would have established a stable Egyptian government under the same conditions Morsi faced and had to operate under.

Did Morsi make mistakes? Hell yes. Was he too forceful (authoritarian) in his approach? Probably so.

But the Egyptian people had success in getting Mubarak to step down, their chains of fear, inhibition and political lethargy replaced with a new found voice and a demand they be heard and the government responsive to them or else.

But a truly democratic representative government involves compromise and working with the opposition to resolve the problems and issues facing the country and its people. That condition doesn't yet exist in Egypt.

What does seem to exist are unrealistic expectations by millions of Egyptian people that an elected president of Egypt should be able to deliver on all the problems and issues facing the people or else be removed from office.

  In the new political circumstances in Egypt can civil war be avoided between the former opposition groups massed against Morsi and Morsi supporters, Islamists and particularly the Muslim Brotherhood?   Can any new president succeed in stabilizing the country, have a real representative democracy take hold and be supported by the majority of people?

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Questions abound. Successful answers? As yet unknown.

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Just because a government has the label "democracy... by Peter Duveen on Friday, Jul 5, 2013 at 7:52:16 PM