Egypt's economy is shattered. Its political system is in flux. The young can't find jobs; actually, neither can the adult population. A large chunk of its territory has effectively been handed over to bandits and terrorists. Every week, we have reports of hundreds of men sexually assaulting women in Tahrir Square. Coptic Christians feel besieged.
We haven't even gotten to foreign policy, health care and social security, yet.
Nonetheless, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate who won Egypt's national presidential election appears to have decided that his first priority is to get a convicted terrorist out of prison.
The terrorist in question is Omar Abdel-Rahman, held in the USA for taking part in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
That would put Mohamed Morsi in the same camp as Al Qaeda, which carried out terror attacks in Egypt while calling for Rahman's release. This makes sense, since the Muslim Brotherhood's ideology helped inspire the creation of Al Qaeda in the first place.
As an aside, a headline from the Guardian on this issue reads: "Mohamed Morsi vows to free blind sheikh jailed in US" -- is there a reason why the Guardian would write a headline like that? If he were...More >>