Egypt at cross roads!!
Mr. President Mursi beware; for nations to breathe a living and working Constitutional document acceptable to the rank and file of the nation, it needs overwhelmingly strong support. Constitution is not a bitter pill that should be rammed down the nations throat, it has be taken by majority as a sweet refreshing elixir, a document of consensus not of questionable majority.
The dismal turn out for the first stage of the referendum on a constitution that was supposed to be a historic landmark in setting Egypt's future have deepened doubts over the legitimacy of a charter that has already polarized the country.This document inherently a backward step it ensures 'Divine Absolutism of Shariah' this has not worked and shall not work in a multicultural rich Egypt..
What kind of referendum/democracy is 56% of the 32% of total 26 million eligible voters:
Let me calculate it for you: 26,000,000
32% of the 26m voted : 8,320,000
56% voted in favour : 4,659,200
As constitution that is a living document for decades and centuries; a consensus of 75% is required, this is sham 17.92 percent voters want this constitution clearly, others are against OR neutral.
The Saturday's vote took place in 10 of Egypt's 27 provinces, including Cairo and the nation's second largest city Alexandria, only 32 percent of some eligible 26 million voters voted. Besides the low turnout, preliminary results show that the "yes" vote carried the first round only by a slim margin of 56 percent this is hardly the resounding endorsement the Islamists were looking for to silence the increasingly vocal and united opposition that called on supporters to vote "no."
Legal pundits believe that Egypt low turnout is a serious worry. If the final majority in favour of the constitution is lower than 70 percent, it would raise detrimental questions about how representative the document is of the nation.
Mursi is no Ayatollah Khomieni of Egypt. I think Egypt is no Iran and Mursi will realise it soon, Iran and Egypt at the cross roads of history today. Both children of five thousand years old civilisations who nurtured the desert Islam and regions that were nurseries of nascent Islam who helped introduce inside Islam the intricacies of innovation. Islam have come out of barrenness but an intense intellectual interaction with rich civilisations that included Hellenistic, Sassanid and Vedic established itself as a philosophy that was prevalent at the time; the desert armies incorporated values of spirit and civilisations of that of Vedic, Pharaohs, Hellenistic and Zoroaster. It is a combination of all these that helped a great era of revitalization that was nipped in the bud as the original dogma of scripture took control. It has happened in 1979 in Iran once again, will it happen in Egypt in 2013, I doubt it.
Lessons from history: Mixing religion with State is an explosive mix, the God Emperors and elected Presidents are two separate entities. In Islam when Mamluks/ Janissaries* become the protectors they finally took over Mr. Mursi. This is how cruel history depicts despots end. I will remind him of one chapter of history where 'divinity and holy writ'can be seen in the Political and Religious roles of the Roman Emperor.
''The Office of the Emperor, was regarded by Roman Citizens as the epitome of Supreme Power. The Emperor was regarded as the living, breathing incarnation of Jupiter, who was the Father of the Pantheon of Roman Gods. And like so, the writ and commands of the Emperor was regarded as absolute law, power immeasurable that could overwrite and override even the will of the Senate and People of Rome. ''
The best classical example of Divine Right and Absolute Power was 'The Roman Emperor' and the Imperial Office was subject to auspicious ritual sacrifice as well as garnished a cult following, namely the Cult of The Emperors, to which many religious fanatics and military leaders were part of.
Left is Epitome of Divine Absolutism is the Statue of Emperor Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (CLAUDIUS). He is crowned with the Imperial Laurentius (the laurel crown), which signifies political power. Also he is enrobed with the Priestly Regalia, signifying his Religious Primarchy, in his right hand he has the incense-plate, which incense would be lit and offered along with prayers and praise
These Emperor Gods finally became the pawns of their guards. Emperor Claudius prostrated pleading for his life to the Praetorian Guard. The Praetorian guards found him hiding after hearing that his nephew, Caligula, was stabbed to death by the Praetorian while sitting on the Imperial Throne, still enrobed with the Imperial Colours. The Praetorian Guard did not kill Claudius, rather, found him and hailed him as Emperor.
The voting in the remaining 17 provinces if remains at the same level; the legitimacy of the document shall be seriously questioned. Saturday's referendum second round is to be held in districts seen as even more sympathetic towards Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt's opposition plans new protests on Tuesday against a planned Islamist-backed constitution that looks set to be approved in the second round of a referendum next weekend. Any constitution adopted by less than 3/4th of majority casting the vote shall create serious ramifications for Egypt. It will cut the nations in two halves, I would shudder to think of the consequences; don't do it what Iranians did in 1979 Mr. Mursi. Who would like a 5,000 year old great civilisation to pass in the darkness of night like this for nest few decades?
If Mursi persists this line we will see 'Tahreer Square revolution' to continue and him technically imprisoned in his Presidential place protected by Republican guards tanks.