OPED: Woodworms on the march.
A simple rule in politics: Never, ever, compare people to insects.
Following his recent edict granting himself unprecedented powers, President Mohammed Morsi addressed his supporters in front of the presidential palace — the place originally chosen by Mubarak to serve as the formal presidential building — declaring that he would “cure Egypt from the woodworms.” This particular remark sums up his attitude toward the current crisis: the president and his ruling party view their opponents as woodworm beetles in need of removal. – Morsi’s Power Grab Should Be No Surprise, by Nervana Mahmoud, Al Monitor
Well, the “woodworms” are now marching… tens of thousands of Egyptians – young and old – right now, as I type. For the first time in over a year, most of Egypt’s non-Islamist factions are united in their call for Morsi’s dictatorial power-grab to be rescinded.
If President Dictator (only temporary?) Morsi survives this constitutional crisis (of his own making), he needs to understand clearly that when he says he “is a president for all of Egypt”, Egyptians actually expect him to mean it.
Morsi peppers his speeches and decrees with claims he will “protect the revolution”. Well, the revolution’s battle cry was not “oppression, ignorance and power grabs” – it was “bread, freedom and social justice”.
Egyptians are not woodworms. And they really do want bread, freedom and social justice.