By Chandrashekar (Chandra) Tamirisa, (On Twitter) @c_tamirisa

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Some 750 people and counting have died in clashes between Pro-Morsi protestors and Egyptian security forces in the past several days.

The interim government must tolerate peaceful protests under the watchful eye of Egypt’s security forces and crackdown on violence without incurring mass casualties. Even though The Muslim Brotherhood has renounced violence since 1970, violence is the ideology of radical Islamism-at-large with which it is associated which explains violence from some pro-Morsi protestors who may not be members of the Brotherhood but radical Islamists or radical offshoots of the Brotherhood.

Egypt must return to the business of governing the country since the takeover by the new government after protests against the Morsi government. The minority Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists must understand that democracy is not the path to power to transform democracies into Islamist, Sharia-compliant countries. The secular doctrine of the separation of Church and State is enshrined in democratic governance, despite any state religion, to include people of all faiths and sects.

The task of drafting a revised, secular constitution – guided by the experience of the establishment of the Republic of Turkey by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk – must be completed first followed by elections for parliament and president six months from now.


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