A Letter to the Prime Minister on the Egyptian Situation

I have just sent the following letter to the PMO:

Dear Hon. Prime Minister:

As I am sure you are aware, the Muslim Brotherhood has just lost the presidency of Egypt to the army. Former President Morsi had lost the mandate of the people by seeking to play off Salafist and extremist interpretations of Islam against secularists, liberals, moderate Muslims, and Christian Copts. One of the first things Morsi did was to pass a bill with draconarian measures aimed at silencing his opposition and entrenching his Islamist-government in power. Worst of all, he sought to give his misogynist, xenophobic, and chauvinistic interpretation of Islam a permanent place in the Egyptian constitution.

The people of Egypt have spoken, in massive rallies over the last number of months, and Mr. Morsi has now finally been forced out by the army.

Mr Prime Minister, I do not think that under any circumstances should this be called a military coup. It is true that the military in Egypt has suffered from extensive corruption in its ranks, but it has demonstrated its goodwill in the recent past by handing power over to the Morsi government. It is not the fault of the army that this power was squandered by Morsi as a dictator-wannabe.

I am requesting that the Government of Canada give its cautious support to the military administration of Egypt as it seeks to develop a new constitution and hold new elections in the coming months. In the meanwhile, liberal, secularist, and moderate parties in Egypt need assistance in organizing for the coming elections, and I hope that Canada will find ways to support these sectors of the Egyptian democracy in this worthy goal.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

Sincerely yours,