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Kelly McParland: Mohammed Morsi transforms Arab Spring into Egyptian nightmare

What goes around comes around, it seems, even in newly “democratic” countries that suddenly find themselves with a repressive Islamist leadership trying to impose its will over the protests of a good portion of the country

On Sunday Mohammed Morsi, newly installed president of Egypt, was forced to admit as much when he finally reversed a decree giving him near-absolute power, just two weeks after it was put in place. In those three weeks, the man who was supposed to be the first leader of a new, more open and democratic Egypt, managed to return the country to near chaos, fill Cairo’s main square once again with angry protesters, bring tanks back to the streets and end any illusions that Islamic leaders were willing to run a country on any but strictly Islamist principles.

Morsi was elected as the front man for the Muslim Brotherhood, which – after years of repression under Hosni Mubarak’s military-backed government — insisted it could be trusted to protect the hard-won new rights secured via the overthrow of Mubarak in 2011. Hundreds of people died in that struggle, which ended when the military concluded it wasn’t worth fighting a civil war to keep Mubarak in place. Instead he was replaced by a temporary military council, which eventually gave way to an election that installed Morsi as a supposedly moderate Islamic president.

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