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  1. Your reasoning seems to be too dichotomic – there is either peaceful democracy with a duly elected president or an abominable military coup. This dichotomy is based on an assumption that a duly elected president is by definition what people always prefer, or at least that they should patiently wait for the next elections. But there is another option, that of popular uprising in order to depose a leader (who might have been elected but is no longer desired by the bulk of population.)

    You probably have sympathy with people when millions peacefully demonstrate for some political change. But what if the president decides to ignore them, and there is no independent parliament to challenge him? What should demonstrators do, if it is clear that they represent majority? Go on demonstrating indefinitely? Abandon their efforts? Or start a revolution, a mass uprising? If the latter is the most realistic option, would you prefer to see the army crushing it by orders of the president?

    In short, should we prefer a mass uprising and civil war to a more orderly military intervention which clearly follows the desires of demonstrators?

    Still, I remember many predictions made after Mubarak was removed, to the effect that military would keep their power forever, that they would postpone elections indefinitely, or that they would make themselves elected. None of it turned out to be true.

  2. Egypt Report

    First of all, the election of the MB was fraught with fraud and deception. It was only to avoid blood shed that the military agreed to let them take charge in 2012.

    Second, once they took charge, they systematically pushed out all other groups in a blatant grab for absolute power.

    Third, through deals with the US, they diverted significant resources to Gaza and Hamas with the intent of using part of the Sinai as a new Palestine in exchange for $8 billion channeled through Qatar with the support of the US. This resulted in shortages of fuel, electricity and food all of which have suddenly reappeared in Egypt since the fall of the MB.

    Fourth, the impeachment of Mursi by popular will was supported on June 30 by 17 million Egyians in the streets and on July 7 by 33 MILLION in the streets again to show support for the military.

    Finally, the recent deaths were the result of the MB attacking the military with guns, snipers and fire bombs in a well organized and planned attack to discredit the military.

    The western press is being effectively spun by the MB without finding out the facts.

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