For Egypt’s Sake, Morsi Must Slow Down

Last year’s revolution is in danger of being destroyed by poor judgment, power grabs, and violence.

In this Friday, July 13, 2012 photo, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi holds a joint news conference with Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, unseen, at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt.
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Last year's springtime revolution, so widely and maybe naively celebrated, is now in danger of being submerged in a spasm of conceit, poor judgment, power grabs, and violence. The chaos and upheaval in Egypt today is a reflection of an ancient culture that has lost its way and its ties to a great civilization over 3,000 years old (just visit the Egyptian wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York). These days, many religious zealots reject their history and instead threaten the destruction of the pyramids and the Sphinx as mere idols of the Pharaohs. The hope is that Egypt's foray into democracy and a secular government will continue and add to its great creativity and longevity.

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