Egyptian Military Backs “Civilian Coup” in Cairo
In what is perhaps an observable “world’s first”, Egypt’s military threw its weight behind “the people” and promptly delivered on what was an observable mounting and desired “civilian coup” for the people of Egypt on July 3, 2013.
The statistics in support of declaring Egypt to have undergone a “civilian coup” are astounding.
Following the fall of the Mubarek regime as a part of the larger Israeli/American engineered “Arab Spring”, the political conditions on the ground essentially assured that the Qatar influenced and backed Muslim Brotherhood would be handed the Presidency by default. This is true largely because it takes time to organize and mobilize political bases, and only the Muslim Brotherhood had an existing political base and infrastructure in place at the time of what essentially were “snap elections” in Egypt after the fall of the Mubarek regime.
Yet it was not the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic cleric class who were the primary initiators of the original set of protests that culminated in the downfall of Mubarek on February 11, 2011. Between the beginning of the protests on January 25, 2011 and through the culmination on February 11, 2011, an estimated 15 million Egyptians participated in protests across Egypt.
These protests were truly popular in nature, initiated by a younger, educated, digitally connected youth. As police repression rose, Egyptians came out en-masse in support of the youth, Christians and Muslims alike. A tour through Tahrir square revealed a broad segment of Egypt’s society, from the working class, government employees, to the very poor who could barely afford to feed their children, turned out to provide for the cover and defense of the young.
After 18 days of localized but pitched street battles, the “people” justifiably believed that they “had won”.
What the people could not know is that Israeli/American intelligence already knew pre-ordained result.
Egypt was being handed to the Muslim Brotherhood. “Elections” would ensure that the religious segments of Egyptian society would dominate the drafting of the future electoral and constitutional framework of the nation, for only these segments of Egyptian society had the necessary political organization in place.
The Egyptian people themselves would not have any meaningful political representation.
There simply was not enough time to put in place a meaningful political organization that could effectively operate within the short window within which elections and constitutional framing could be achieved.
The Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi Mis-steps
What has happened in Egypt is a rising realization that the original “revolution” was nothing more than a set stage to enable a rigged game that would find Egypt handed over to the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization with links to foreign powers Qatar, the United States, and by implication, Israel. The “January 25 Revolution” had nothing to do with “the people”, and everything to do with allowing a foreign power to gain control of Egypt via proxy.
A general charge brought against the Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi, and their Islamist allies was that they had lost all legitimacy through a series of power grabs, poor decisions, and mis-steps. It was further argued that they often used narrow electoral victories forged in a very nascent transition period to control the direction of the state completely for themselves. The opposition argued that the Islamists had unfairly forced through a national constitution largely without trying or reaching any consensus.
For his part, Morsi proved to be a grating and oft bumbling politician. In a nationally televised speech, Morsi was said to have called Jews “descendents from apes and pigs”, yet quietly, he supported the Jewish states geopolitical agendas.
In February of 2012, Morsi flooded the tunnels between Gaza and Sinai, effectively cutting a critical lifeline of the imprisoned Gaza population. Morsi was often seen as running around the region panhandling for funds, and often doing so unsuccessfully or showing that Egypt’s future was being put into the whims of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Qatari benefactors.
Morsi’s attempts to re-established ties with Iran inferiorated the more Salafist and radical far right wing elements within his Islamist dominated bloc. Salafists protested that an influx of Iranian tourists would contribute to bringing “Shi’ism” to Egypt. Ongoing negotiations with the IMF left many wondering how an Islamist dominated bloc on one hand could champion “sharia law” while at the same time negotiate for the acceptance of a “usurious” loan from a Jewish dominated lending institution.
Morsi’s government response to the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam showed a government filled with bunglers, while Morsi’s call for full support of a Syrian insurrection filled with heart eating savages who roam the land publicly beheading “infidels” hinted at the darker agenda behind Morsi’s Islamist dominated political agendas.
Still, the street of Egypt remained and remains filled with basic concerns: food, fuel, and dignity, areas for which the Muslim Brotherhood, with its decades of humanitarian work as the political underdog, could not deliver upon once it came to power.
The Muslim Brotherhood learned as many revolutionary movements learn: it is far easier to be on the outside than it is to rise to power and actually govern.
A Civilian Coup of Immense Proportions
In the end, Egyptian’s responsible for the original push to oust Mubarek became aware of the stacked result in store for them as a process of overthrowing Mubarek: an Islamist dominated rising theocracy. To protect the initial revolution of Jan 25, 2011, the people again organized and took to the streets in what proved to be unprecedented numbers.
On July 1, 2013, an estimated 14-17 million Egyptians took to the streets to protest and call for the ouster of Morsi as President of Egypt. Such numbers make this the largest protest in human history and unprecedented numbers for a country of just 83 million. In addition, the opposition group Tamarod, or “Rebel”, stated that they had acquired over 22 million signatures calling for the ouster of Morsi, a number that is nearly 1/3 of the total adult population of Egypt, which is around 60 million.
These 22 million says nothing as a percentage of registered voters, but are nearly 10 million signatures than the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi achieved in the rather premature, and hence rigged, elections.
As protests on the street grew, the Egyptian Army, the countries most respected civil institution, issued an ultimatum to Morsi to resolve his differences within a 48 hour period or the Army would force the issue.
Morsi, in his typically inept and bumbling nature, failed again to read the reality of the street, and was removed effective July 3, 2013.
A civilian led mass coup has been achieved in Egypt.