The New York Times carried an interesting article yesterday noting the sudden improvements that have occurred in Egypt since President Morsi was ousted last week. Gas lines have disappeared, electricity outages have decreased, and police are back patrolling the streets. Is this proof of Morsi’s incompetence, or could it be a sign of something more sinister? The article, written by Ben Hubbard and David Kirkpatrick, seems to lean toward one of those interpretations.
The apparently miraculous end to the crippling energy shortages, and the re-emergence of the police, seems to show that the legions of personnel left in place after former President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in 2011 played a significant role — intentionally or not — in undermining the overall quality of life under the Islamist administration of Mr. Morsi.