As Washington appeared poised to dive off the fiscal cliff by failing to agree on a way to prevent huge tax increases and spending cuts by the end of the year, Egypt’s new Islamist constitution virtually guaranteed even worse times ahead there and in the Mideast generally.
With its new Islam-based constitution, Egypt, formerly governed by a predictable secular government, is essentially becoming another Iran – a theocracy under Sharia law. It will mean less freedom for Egyptians and likely a much worse economy because of an almost certain sustained drop in tourism.
Egypt’s government debt already was downgraded by Standard and Poor’s earlier in December, and on Thursday the regime revealed further weakness by canceling a sale of treasury bills.
If President Mohamed Morsi thinks, as he apparently does, that the approval of his Islamist constitution will bring on peace and prosperity, he’s likely got another thing coming.
The Mideast, and the free world, can hardly withstand another major Iranian-style theocracy sprouting, but that’s apparently our lot.
Meanwhile, a new report warns that Christianity is in danger of being routed in the Mideast, as worshippers face increasing persecution.
“It is generally accepted that many faith-based groups face discrimination or persecution to some degree,” says a report by think tank Civitas. “A far less widely grasped fact is that Christians are targeted more than any other body of believers.”
As the report ominously notes, “Religious freedom is the canary in the mine for human rights generally.”
Theocracies tend to oppress their own people, persecute those of other faiths, and often threaten their neighbors. And we appear to have just gotten a big addition to the family of theocracies in Egypt.
With all that and Iran closing in on obtaining nuclear weapons capabilities, peace and human freedom, in short, may be on the run in 2013.
Where’s the leadership leading us to freedom and peace?