Princess and Larry, and everyone else, your comments were very educational to me. It made me look up the history of the Muslim Brotherhood, its founding principles, its proclaimed aims (from Wiki):
"In the group's belief, the Quran and Sunnah constitute a perfect way of life and social and political organization that God has set out for man. Islamic governments must be based on this system and eventually unified in a Caliphate. The Muslim Brotherhood's goal, as stated by Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna was to reclaim Islam's manifest destiny, an empire, stretching from Spain to Indonesia." - the last sentence was a bit troubling, but those ambitious aims from the 1930's have hopefully moderated, since the 1970.
I also learnt that Morsi's party (Freedom and Justice Party) shares the same founding origins as Hamas in Gaza & West Bank, and Islamic Action Front in Jordan.....all founded by the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) movement.
So, my natural questions, would be
1)Would the 34 year old Peace treaty signed by Anwar Sadat & Begin, recognized by Nobel Peace Prize awards, be abandoned? Or are we going to see continued pursuit towards peaceful settlement of disputes by the Morsi govt.?
2) How do the educated Egyptian folks of today look at the wisdom of re-establishing Islamic law, if the party is successful in its proclaimed aim including the repression of women in the context of democratic principles, as against looking at modern idea of leaving the religion out and pursuing a secular way for governing a country, which is what democratic principles and democratization are about. Religion and governance do not exactly chime together. Do they?
3) Is Morsi going to reverse his decisions on his power grab or let the people's dissent bring him down? He doesn't really have a big hold on the military, like Hosni Mubarak or his predecessors, does he? All in all, does not sound very good, from the way things are going at the moment.