A national defense activist and expert on the Middle East
doesn't think protesters will successfully quell Egyptian President
Mohammad Morsi's power grab.
Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) has rejected Morsi's
claim that it is working to bring down his government. The court
opposes the decree Morsi made last week that put him, the lower
house of parliament, and the constituent assembly above judicial
review. Both bodies are dominated by Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and
The court decided in June to dissolve parliament's lower
chamber, also dominated by Islamists. It is due to rule Sunday on
the legality of the upper chamber and the panel writing the
constitution -- a main focus of the dispute between Morsi and the
The president's decree has set off a wave of unrest across
Egypt, including a 200,000-strong demonstration in Cairo, that ACT! for
America's Brigitte Gabriel says does not represent the
two-thirds majority of the Egyptians who supported Morsi's
"The sad thing is the moderates who really took to the streets
in the beginning of the revolution thinking if we just get rid
of Mubarak, we're going to be able to maybe establish a democracy
in Egypt -- they started their revolution with good intention;
their revolution was taken by the Muslim Brotherhood and the
Salafists," Gabriel laments.
"Right now, those demonstrating on the streets are basically the
minority of the people who are trying their last scream on the
world stage, trying to basically take back what they feel they lost
in the Islamic revolution. It's not going to last."
As long as Morsi does not upset the Egyptian military, the ACT!
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