Dear Readers: As a long-time follower of the Drudge Report, imagine my surprise and delight when I saw the following headline:
It is the first time I have seen such a vividly ancient Egyptian graphic used on Drudge’s site. If you recall, I recently did a post featuring the chaos in Egypt, “The Egypt Games”. Drudge is reporting that the military has taken over, it has gotten so bad:
Cairo (CNN) — Egypt’s highest court declared the parliament invalid Thursday, and the country’s interim military rulers promptly declared full legislative authority, triggering a new level of chaos and confusion in the country’s leadership.
The Supreme Constitutional Court found that all articles making up the law that regulated parliamentary elections are invalid, said Showee Elsayed, a constitutional lawyer.
The ruling means that parliament must be dissolved, state TV reported.
Parliament had been in session for just over four months. It was dominated by Islamists, a group long viewed with suspicion by the military.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, in control of the country since Mubarak’s ouster, announced that it now has full legislative power and will announce a 100-person assembly that will write the country’s new constitution by Friday.
Frankly, after reading about the whack-jobs elected to Parliament who wanted to wax the Great Pyramid, I am not too sad about this development. In fact, I am reading my current issue of KMT magazine, which cites numerous archeological sites that have been pillaged by local people in quest for “Pharaoh’s Treasure”. I can’t see a downside to this, and am hoping that Egypt’s military leaders recall their country’s special place in history and act as Egyptians first and foremost — not as minions of Saudi extremist theocrats.
What’s bizarre about this power play is that it comes at a moment when the Brotherhood’s popular support had slipped a bit. Read this Marc Lynch post from late last month on how the MB’s recent political missteps, including/especially their decision to field a presidential candidate despite initially promising not to, has made some Egyptians leery of granting them more power. (That’s one of the reasons why Mubarak’s stooge Shafik made it to the run-off. Some Egyptians, the Copts most notably, prefer the old regime to an Islamist hellhole.) I can only assume that the military/judicial coalition had held off on taking drastic measures to neutralize the Brotherhood in hopes that Shafik’s candidacy would gain momentum and he might win the election semi-legitimately, but now for whatever reason they’ve decided that that’s unlikely and they need to step in with a power grab.