It is to be expected that people differ in their analysis of the reasons for the current state of affairs in Egypt. Some hold the former regime responsible for the situation and perceive it as their heritage, while others see it as a normal consequence of the so-called democratic transition. Additionally, an increasing number of other Egyptians are linking the situation to the failure of President Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood in administering the country.
For every theory on why the situation in Egypt has deteriorated to the verge of collapse, there are as many theories on how to pull the country back from the edge. Some supporters of the current regime call for the implementation of Shari’a, claiming there is no other alternative. They cling to an oft-repeated phrase, calling on all to respect the legitimate choice of Egyptians. Another sector of society recalls the days of the former regime with a sense of nostalgia, ignoring the many reasons people took the street against Mubarak and his government in January 2011. Whether they are among those who personally benefitted from the previous regime, or are among those who associate Mubarak’s government with stability and security, the fact of the matter is, returning to the previous state in Egypt is impossible.
On the other side of the conservative spectrum, there are those who don’t believe that Morsi is capable of implementing Shari’a .They envision a ‘state of Islam’, obliging women to wear a veil, forcing non-Muslims to pay a tax (jizya) money to live safely, and preventing a ‘corrupt media’ from exposing their scandals.