Indecision 2011 - Let My People Vote - Egyptian Parliamentary Election

  • Aired:  11/30/11
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Aasif Mandvi heads to Cairo to evaluate Egyptian Muslims' ability to uphold freedom and democracy. (4:35)

GOOD LOOKING SANDWICH.

[ LAUGHTER ]

DESPITE THE ITEM YULT IN EGYPT

MONDAY'S ELECTION WAS PEACEFUL

AND INSPIRING.

STARTING TODAY EGYPT IS NOW A

FUNCTIONING REPRESENTATIVE DEM

CINCH THE PARLIAMENT ELECTED

THROUGH THIS PROCESS WILL BE ONE

WITHOUT POWER.

EVEN AFTER THE POLITICIANS TAKE

THEIR SEATS THE COUNTRY WILL

STILL BE RUN BY AN UNELECTED

MILITARY COUNCIL.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> Jon: OKAY THEN FOR THE

FORESEEABLE FUTURE THE WINNER IS

NOT SYMBOL TANK BUT TANK TANK.

FOR MORE WE TERN TO THE MIDDLE

EAST POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT

AASIF MANDVI.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

>> THANK YOU, JON.

>> Jon: YOU KNOW, IT APPEARS

THERE ARE STILL CONCERNS OVER

HOW MEANINGFUL THE EGYPTIAN

ELECTIONS REALLY ARE.

>> SURE, JON, THERE ARE ISSUES

TO BE SORTED OUT BUT THIS JUST

THE BEGINNING.

A DEMOCRACY IS A DELICATE

FLOWER.

WITH THIS ELECTION, EGYPT HAS

PLANTED THE SEED AND IF ITS

PEOPLE DEND TO IT WITH ENOUGH

DEVOTION AND PATIENCE THIS

FORMER DESERT OF DICTATORSHIP

WILL BLOSSOM TO A BEAUTIFUL

GARDEN OF FREEDOM.

>> Jon: OKAY.

[ LAUGHTER ]

UM --

[ LAUGHTER ]

WELL --

[ LAUGHTER ]

I HOPE IT WORKS OUT FOR THEM.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> YOU DON'T SEEM ALL THAT

EXCITED ABOUT IT.

>> Jon: NO, NO,, NO I'M

EXCITED FOR THEM.

>> YOU DON'T SOUND EXCITED.

>> Jon: I'M EXCITED.

I HOPE IT WORKS OUT I'M EXCITED.

>> I DON'T GET IT AMERICANS ARE

ALL FOR SPREADING DEMOCRACY IN

THE MIDDLE EAST WHEN YOU ARE

DOING THE SPREADING.

WHEN EGYPTIANS ACHIEVE IT ON

THEIR OWN, YOU HATE IT IF YOU

CAN'T CONTROL IT.

>> Jon: THAT'S NOT TRUE.

WE DON'T WANT TO CONTROL IT.

IT'S NOT TRUE.

WE WANT TO INFLUENCE.

WE WOULD LIKE TO INFLUENCE IT.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> CONTROL.

>> Jon: YES, CONTROL.

WE WOULD LIKE TO CONTROL.

>> AWR AFRAID OF -- YOU ARE AFRAID

OF MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD.

>> Jon: NO, NO -- WE HAVE SOME

CONCERNS.

>> HOW WORRIED SHOULD WE BE THAT

THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD WILL GAIN

CONTROL OVER THE GOVERNMENT AND

USE IT AS A BASE OF RADICALISM.

>> Jon: DID YOU HEAR THAT?

THAT CAN'T BE GOOD.

>> YOU CAN'T CONTROL EVERYTHING

THAT HAPPENS IN OTHER COUNTRIES.

LOTS COUNTRIES HAVE POLICIES NOT

IN OUR INTEREST.

FRANCE WANTS TO BUY OIL FROM

IRAQ.

CHINA WANTS TO SELL US TOYS MADE

OF LEAD.

RUSSIA WANTS TO EXTINGUISH THE

SUN.

[ LAUGHTER ]

WHY SHOULD EGYPT BE DIFFERENT?

>> Jon: I DON'T KNOW.

JUST THE NAME MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD.

NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS IN A

BROTHERHOOD.

IT JUST DOESN'T.

[ LAUGHTER ]

IF THOSE TRAVELING PANTS WERE IN

A BROTHERHOOD, THE MOVIE HAVE

NOT BEEN NEARLY AS WHIMSICAL.

>> EVEN THE YMCA, YOUNG MEN'S

CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION SOUNDS

HOSTILE.

>> Jon: THAT IS RIDICULOUS.

IT'S FUN TO STAY AT THE YM --

>> THEY DON'T KNOW THAT.

>> Jon: YOU KNOW IT'S JUST

DEMOCRACY, MIDDLE EAST -- AASIF,

I DON'T KNOW.

WHAT IS THE MOST INSULTING WAY I

COULD PUT THIS, UM -- FOX?

>> IS THERE ANY SUCH THING AS

MODERATE ISLAM?

>> WE'RE GOING TO FIND OUT

BECAUSE WE JUST HAVEN'T SEEN

THEM IN POWER.

>> SO, JUST TO BE CLEAR YOU GUYS

THINK THAT THIS FIRST ROUND

ELECTION TO ELECT A LOWER HOUSE

OF PARLIAMENT WILL DETERMINE

ONCE IN FOR ALL IF THERE'S SUCH

A THING AS MODERATE ISLAM.

>> Jon: YES.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> AND THIS ELECTION WILL

DETERMINE WHETHER I AS A MUSLIM

AM ABLE TO SUPPORT DEMOCRACY OR

IF I HAVE INHERENTLY DRAWN TO

SLAUGHTER THE JEWS AROUND ME

LIKE FLIES.

RIGHT?

>> Jon: YEAH.

>> I GIVE YOU CREDIT FOR NOT

THINKING THAT EGYPTIAN LEADERS

ARE DETERMINED BY WHO CAN ANSWER

THE SPHINX'S RIDDLE.

>> Jon: WHAT IS THAT?

>> WHAT WALKS OUR FOUR LEGS IN

THE MORNING, THREE AS A BABY

AND --

>> OH, MY GOD YOU ANSWERED IT.

>> Jon: IT'S A MAN.

>> YOU ARE NOW THE NEW PRESIDENT

OF EGYPT.

SUN OF A -- NO, NO, ARE YOU

KIDDING ME?

THIS IS NOT A CAUSE FOR

CELEBRATION.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO

WORK FOR THIS MAN.

>> Jon: AASIF MANDVI,

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