Noah Feldman, who was instrumental in drafting Iraq’s Sharia constitution, consistently ignores Sharia provisions mandating the subjugation of non-Muslims. And in this piece he makes it clear: he wants to see Sharia implemented in Egypt. “Egyptian Democrats May Pave the Way for Army”s Coup,” by Noah Feldman for Bloomberg, January 31 (thanks to Patrick Poole):
I hate to agree with an Egyptian general about anything, but Abdelfatah Al-Seesi, who’s also Egypt’s defense minister, had a point when he warned his countrymen on Facebook that continued violent protest in the streets might lead to collapse.
Ordinary Egyptians have plenty of reasons to be frustrated with the government of President Mohamed Mursi, which has by turns overclaimed its authority and underdelivered in establishing order. Still, it’s one thing to engage in mass protest when your target is a dictatorship — then you are a democratic revolutionary. It’s quite another to use mass protests to try and bring down a democratically elected government that you don’t like. Then you”re running the risk of becoming an unwitting agent of counterrevolution.
The protests that have raged for days now in three cities along the Suez Canal and spilled over into Tahrir Square in Cairo aren’t especially well-focused. In Port Said, at least, they were touched off by death sentences announced for soccer fans convicted of causing the deaths of other soccer fans. In essence, the protests seem to be focused on dissatisfaction with the Mursi government and his supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood….