A few days after the first Egyptian parliamentary elections since the January 25 popular uprising, all indications are that the Islamists are heading for a landslide victory. As an Egyptian liberal, I congratulate them on their victory, for this is how democracy works –one respects the results no matter what the outcome is.
Even though there are some limited policies on which Egyptian liberals and Islamists agree, though they differ on methodology and justification, there is a lot that we generally disagree on. Therefore, policy-making and dialogue between liberals and Islamists will be cooperative at times, but it will mostly be competitive at all other times. Differences of opinion, as long as there is a freedom to express them, engenders creative solutions for the very difficult problems that our nation faces today.
But regardless of our differences and agreements, there are liberal values that neither I nor Egypt’s true liberals will ever compromise. In this brief post, I highlight what these fixed values are.