Aug 17, 2013

The Vulnerability of Democracy

In Egypt, the conflict between the coup regime by the Egyptian army and the Muslim Brotherhood is becomming more severe.

I think that the deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, has legitimacy, because it was he who elected through the legitimate election, and the suppression of the Muslim Brotherhood by the current government is injustice.

In fact, democracy is quite vulnerable in many times and countries.

Before World War II, the democracy in Japan was killed by Japanese Army’s coups like Egypt nowadays.

In a previous entry “Is Japan Really a Democratic Country?” I wrote as below.

Is Japan really a democratic country? The answer is that "yes, it is formally."

If Japan is a democratic country, we should fight against them ("the nuclear village") in order to realize our own will. We, Japanese people, don't believe in the ideal of democracy, do we? I'm now deeply skeptical.”

Democratic constitutions and laws alone cannot guarantee democracy. The Nazi party arose out of the Weimar Republic. People in a country should believe in and save democracy.

But the Egyptian people don’t seem to believe in democracy. If they did so, the opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood would support the deposed president Morsi in order to save the Egyptian democracy. But they don’t do so just like the Japanese people before the World War II.

I’m now deeply wondering if democratic regime can be established universally. 

Someday, Egypt will be a democratic country, won’t it? The Egyptian people really do want democracy, don’t they?


  1. I'm a little concerned about your interpretation of the events in Egypt because after President Morsi was democratically elected, he unilaterally changed the constitution to transform the Egyptian government from a democracy to a theocracy. As far as I'm concerned, it's then time to just say no.

  2. Thank you for your comment.

    It's my understanding that the former President Morsi tried to change the constitution and it was legally approved by referendum.

    I don't think that the new constitution is theocratic, because it defines freedom of religion.

    On the inauguration of a president of the U.S. the new president swear on the Bible, but no one says that the U.S. is theocratic.