TheBlaze’s national security adviser Buck Sexton, who traveled to Egypt and Jordan just over a week ago to gain a greater perspective of the realities on the ground, called into the Glenn Beck radio program on Tuesday to weigh in on the latest alarming developments in Egypt.
After a series of demonstrations on a scale not seen since the “Arab Spring” revolution that ousted longtime leader Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s powerful military declared Monday that the country’s elected president, Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, has only 48 hours to make peace with the protesters before it intervenes.
“This is déjà vu all over again,” Sexton said. “They have not had a democracy for very long. Already, [they’re] seeing that street protests don’t necessarily lead to Jeffersonian democracy…There’s a lot of hard work that goes into creating a civil society…that hard work has not been done.”
So what’s next for the most populous country in the Arab world?
Sexton asserted that while many may be happy to have the U.S.-backed military step in to rid the country of the Brotherhood, it effectively tells the rest of the country that democracy and elections are a failure. Apparently if you get a mob together, the military will step in and depose the elected government.
So who does that leave looking like they’ve remained true to their values all along?
Beck and Sexton pointed to the hardline Islamists, known as Salafists.
“There are crazier people than the Muslim Brotherhood,” Sexton warned, “and by the way they won substantial seats in the last round of parliamentary elections.”
This is not to say a theocracy is the desired end of the public face of the protests, largely concentrated in Cairo and Tahrir Square.
But “what holds it together there is various forms of Islam,” Sexton said, “[and] any consideration they may have given to democracy will probably be gone now.”
The two predicted that the military will not necessarily facilitate the transfer of power to the hardline Islamists. More likely, they will hold elections and the Salafists will win…
“It is bad news for Israel, and is death for hundreds of thousands if not millions of people all across the globe when this thing shakes down,” he added.
Watch the complete interview, below: