A New Struggle in Egypt - Page 3
In 1917 Russia following the fall of Tsar Nicholas II and the Romanov Dynasty, a period of several months existed between the initial revolt and the Bolshevik Takeover of October 1917. During that time period, a provisional government ruled, led by Alexander Kerensky; while changes were implemented, centuries of living under tyrants allowed popular animosity to brew to the point that drastic, radical change was permitted to occur. Through the words of Lenin and Trotsky, the Russian people (or enough of them) were inspired to establish what would be known as the Soviet Union. Obviously Egypt will not turn to a Lenin figure and adopt Communism; however, the presence of the Muslim Brotherhood indicates that Islamic fundamentalism could be a much likelier road on which Egypt could take.
However, the growing tensions between the current government of Egypt and its people could eventually lead to pure violence, as in Yemen, or a civil war with distinct sides, as in Libya. While the possibility also exists of a peaceful transition to democracy, if recent events are any indication of the future of Egypt and the Middle East as a whole, that path appears to be far less likely. Egypt’s future is uncertain; however, the outcome of Friday's rally could shed some light on possible outcomes. Therefore, the world must not treat Egypt as a success story following its part in the Arab Spring; an ideological and sometimes physical war is being fought inside its borders and this struggle may threaten the ideals that thousands sacrificed everything to achieve only several months ago.