Faced with mounting outcry from the Brotherhood's rank and file against the ousting of President Morsi, Defense Minister Abdel Fattah El Sisi has continued to escalate his ultimatums and the use of force to quell cries for the return of the elected president.
Democratic rule is always preferable to authoritarian rule, but that does not mean that democratically-elected governments -- including Morsi's -- always make wise decisions... or make them in time to avert disaster.
Any government that does what's needed to right the economy will not be around for long. The people want their subsidized bread and the farmers want their subsidized fuel. Take those subsidies away and you take away the consent of the governed.
Had Egypt's newly elected leader devoted as much attention to mending the economy as he has on gripping power, perhaps the country would be less polarized and his actions would be viewed with less skepticism and mistrust.
It is very important that Egypt should succeed: not only for the 85 million Egyptians (expected to be 100 million by 2025), but also for the entire Arab world (currently at 350 million, expected to reach 590 million by 2050).
Egyptians would do well to distinguish between Mubarak's corruption and the value of his economic policies, but international donors and lenders must work harder to provide proof of their sincerity if they are to help Egypt.