My friend Michael Totten writes:
Former Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi has been sentenced to death.
His political party, the Muslim Brotherhood, is not half as “moderate” as its apologists claim. One of his last acts as president was appointing a member of Gamaa Islamiya, a terrorist organization responsible for murdering dozens of tourists in 1997, as the governor of Luxor—the very place where those tourists were massacred.
Few in the West liked or trusted him, and plenty of Egyptians who voted for him suffered spasms of buyer's remorse, but he was nevertheless the first and only freely elected president in the entire history of Egypt.
And now he has been sentenced to death by a court controlled by the nation's military strongman, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
Sisi has declared total war on the Brotherhood. ...
The Muslim Brotherhood is the oldest Islamist organization in the modern Middle East; it was founded in 1928, in Egypt. The MB are determined, disciplined, and exceedingly patient. The difference between the Muslim Brotherhood and groups like al-Qaeda is that while al-Qaeda want to blow up the White House, the Muslim Brotherhood want to take it over.
The MB took over the equivalent of the White House in their native Egypt for exactly one year, with the presidency of Mohammed Morsi - the guy who's now been sentenced to die. Morsi won the 2012 elections - which followed widespread discontent with the Mubarak era - but was unseated following massive protests twelve months later, after Egyptians had gotten a good taste of the Brotherhood's style of governance. I think it's fair to say that while Morsi was indeed democratically elected, he was also democratically un-elected - at least if the 2013 protests were any indication.
Personally I find it hard to share Michael's qualms about the execution of Morsi, but it's certain that the Muslim Brotherhood won't see their man go down without a fight.