Mere days after long-simmering resentments about food shortages, long gas lines, and soaring unemployment fueled massive public protests against the ruling Muslim Brotherhood, the Egyptian military ousted President Mohamed Morsi, suspended the constitution, and installed an interim government. What does the future hold and why should the rest of the world care?
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By any standard, last July’s military takeover in Egypt was a coup d’etat, with security forces unseating a legitimately elected government.
The Arab Spring is a series of events of truly world-historical importance. It has already reshaped the Arab World and the Middle East more fundamentally and more rapidly than any event in the past several centuries.
So much for the Arab Spring. In Cairo, Egyptian history appears to have completed a bloody full circle. First the crowds filled Tahrir Square to demand the end of a military-backed dictatorship. Then, just two years later, the crowds filled Tahrir Square again to demand the restoration of a military-backed dictatorship.