Once again it seems that people need a little history lesson about Egypt. Namely, the military in Egypt had been in control of that country, even when Muburak was in charge, it was the Egyptian Army that had full control behind the scenes. Muburak was deposed because the Egyptian Army deposed him…. and I think that this is a critical point that is not understood by pundits in the USA.
When Morsi was elected to the Presidency, the people had a very bad choice to make. Many of them decided to trust Morsi, even though they did not trust him, because the alternative was worse for them to consider. They were not given a clear alternative to Morsi.
What did Morsi do? As soon as he gained power he attempted to gain supreme power. He moved against the army. He moved against the court system. He gave governorships to the radicals. He continued the persecution of the Christians. He was turning Egypt into an Islamist state.
When I last visited the USA, which was July 2009, the Honduras affair was in the news. The man who was the President had been removed at the behest of the judiciary. It was a case that was unique to the Constitutional powers of that country when the President was removed. In that case the removal was legitimate. However, Hillary Clinton and Barry Soetoro decided to interfere in the Constitutional actions of the Honduras military and judiciary. The only people against the removal were Marxists. I remember seeing all that stuff on CNN because the hotel where we were staying had CNN on all of the time. However, I digress…. even though I point out this interference for a reason.
Morsi was President because the military under the previous military leader had allowed him to be President. Morsi had attempted to undermine the military just as he had attempted to undermine the Egyptian court system.
What is compelling in this case is that it was the people who spoke up against Morsi. It was the people who began the protests. Perhaps the army did not need much convincing to take action this time. Morsi simply went too far for al-Sissi to stomach him any longer.
Please take note that ElBaradei or Mr. Potato Head remains unpopular in many circles in Egypt. I heard that he was to be made Prime Minister but due to protests of the al Nour party, this has been postponed. Interesting. This al Nour Party which is the Salafist Party.
What I find intriguing in all of this happens to be the fact that what got al-Sissi upset was Morsi encouraging Egyptians to cross into Syria to fight against Assad, not for him. I can see how this might upset El-Baradei because he is in fact an ally of Iran, and probably of Syria. Yet, why did it upset the alNour party when it is Salafists fighting Assad?
So there must be other reasons for the “coup” that is in fact a people’s coup. Or perhaps another way of looking at what happened, is that it is a recall without the vote taking place. What you have to keep in mind is that many of those protesting Morsi voted for him in that election. They are upset with him because he lied to them. That is why they wanted him to resign.
I can relate to the feelings of those Egyptians who believe that Morsi lied. This is because when Australia last held an election, lies were told and the electorate made a very bad and foolish decision that led to a hung Parliament. What you do not know is that the LNP were slightly ahead of the ALP and actually got the popular vote by a very slim margin. We were lied to and we ended up with Gillard and a stupid carbon tax that we did not want, and that was not necessary in the first instance. Such a situation is intolerable. Therefore I can understand that Egyptians believed that Morsi lied to them and that he was paying no attention to the economy, so he had to be removed. The military, for their own reasons agreed. Yet this was not a military coup.