Some thoughts on the military intervention in Egypt

Mohamed Morsi and supporters say his ousting is a coup bypassing his democratic election, the people celebrating in the squares say they are reviving a thwarted revolution, the army says they’re just intervening to express the will of the people against the Islamist overreach of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Meanwhile a bunch of people the army finds inconvenient (many of whose opinions/goals I emphatically find repellent) are being placed under house arrest at best (who knows what for worst?), the Constitution has been suspended under martial law, the Egyptian office of Al Jazeera has been stormed by troops, staff have been arrested and the channel has been taken off the air.  The Chief of the army has promised a new constitution will be drafted and new presidential elections to be held within 12 months, but I’m giving that a Mandy Rice-Davies eyebrow for the time being.

In 2011 at least 840 people were killed, and more than 6,000 were injured during the Egyptian revolution to oust former president Hosni Mubarak. At least 50 people have been killed over the last week leading up to the overthrow of Morsi, and 100 women reported being sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square during the demonstrations against Morsi, who knows how many in protest gatherings elsewhere?  So far 5 deaths of Morsi supporters following the announcement of the ousting have been reported already.

It must be very unnerving to be living in Egypt right now.





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3 replies

  1. I hope the Egyptian people get what they seem to want – a more secular democracy. It seems pretty doubtful that that’s what the military have in mind though…

  2. The army have run Egypt (either openly or behind the scenes) for 60 of the past 61 years. “Staying in barracks” is not a familiar concept to them.

  3. This won’t end well. I thought it was a pity the Egyptians elected themselves a theocracy, but it’s not my country. I’m frankly appalled that the legitimate elected government of Egypt has been removed by the generals, and that so many of the protestors against Morsi are pleased about it.

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