Talk about setting up a straw man and then beating the shit out of him. First of all, what you’ve basically tried to do here is lump all of Egypt together into one group, and then pointed out the worst failings of each of the components of that group, as though they were shared by the entire group.
There’s a whole lot you’re choosing to ignore and there’s a whole lot you’re just assuming – some of this is just disingenuous.
First of all, you seem to think you’re somehow entitled to feel like you care more about our martyred friends than we ourselves do, and in some cases, more than their own mothers do. I’m sorry, but you just don’t get to ride on that particular high horse.
Second of all, as a result of your hybrid straw-man ‘Egyptians’ – you seem to imply that either the people are not aware that they’re in essence, providing popular support for a military coup, or that they all welcome it. Sorry, but on the whole, we’re really not that idiotic. You seem to think that the Egyptian people have chosen to ‘revert’ to military rule, when, in fact, we never left it in the first place, a fact of which many of us were made aware as we saw the military taking on gain after gain through their deal with the Muslim Brotherhood.
You also go on and claim that ‘we’ (this monstrous hybrid of all the worst of Egypt that you’ve assembled) chose to play the game, but are now complaining about results. You’re ignoring (unless you are simply ignorant of) the millions of people who effectively boycotted the elections whether by conscious political design, or because they had already given up on the SCAF coordinated game show, or because they simply rejected the notion that ‘free democratic elections’ could be held under SCAF.
Oddly enough, despite your mistrust of the military, you seem to have zero issues trusting the results of an election THEY ran. Cognitive dissonance much?
The elections were a sham, and the Carter observers said as much, if you paid any kind of attention whatsoever. Carter himself even said that given the restrictions imposed on their monitoring efforts, he should never have agreed to be involved in those elections.
Voting booths were empty, turnout on the first day, depending on the governerate, was estimated at between 3% to 15%. Magically, the next day, we were told that 26 million invisible voters had voted. Exciting. You comfortably ignore over 3,000 complaints from polling stations, reports of National ID printing machines gone stolen, and an electoral registry that has been estimated to have about 9 million ‘paper’ voters in it.
A presidency is NOT a carte blanche, and we are not supposed to wait 3 years longer when the president has broken every, every, every single promise he’s made. Presidential Team? Nothing. Revolutionary Demands? Jack shit. Justice for Martyrs? Nothing. Nada. Zip. Wages? Get real. Social Justice? Right. Healthcare, forget it. Basic honesty? Zilch. He basically assraped the laws he swore (3 times) to uphold the second he started coming up with completely self-satisfying constitutional declarations, Morsi proved that whether or not he was ‘democratically elected’, there was certainly nothing ‘democratic’ about him.
But now, you’re making it sound like the people on the street today are the same people who were fighting against SCAF. No, they’re not. Most of the people who fought SCAF, like me, are reluctant to participate to any extent in what’s going on now, and we’re spending most of our waking hours telling people that they are going to get stung by the military.
Egyptians aren’t any stupider than you think you are. The fact of the matter is that they feel Morsi has betrayed them. You seem to think these are mostly people who just don’t have the hots for Morsi. Grow up. We’re looking for a president, not a lay. It has nothing to do with personal inclinations. These people have been betrayed by their president, who a year later, has not even fulfilled his 100 Day campaign promises, who has marginalized everybody in the country other than his buddies – and they have been failed by a weak opposition that has offered them nothing, and they are not seeking military rule, they are simply seeking to remove Morsi, anyway they can. Yes, the military oppressed a lot of people, but to assume that those are the same people who are now assisting the soft coup is either ignorant or massively over-generalizing, unless we all just happen to look the same to you.
I hate that we are being played by the military, however, I do NOT begrudge the overwhelming masses of Egypt that are simply out there trying to make life better for themselves. Unless you can promise them a better life, then let them seek it for themselves however they may. Have advice? Great. But if you’re going to sit there and cry foul, it really doesn’t help.
The biggest assumption you’re making here, sadly – seems to stem from a completely defeatist position you’ve adopted, as though this is the last act of a people, as though the millions that demonstrated in the last days against Morsi’s oppression were not equally prepared to demonstrate against the military’s oppression, and again, and again, and as long as it takes to get it right.
If you don’t understand that THAT is democracy, and if you can’t see it that way, just because it’s not how you would’ve done is, that’s your problem, not that of the Egyptian people.
It’s completely ridiculous to lump us all together, and act as though we’re all sado-masochistic ignorant retards who are salivating to hand over our lives to the military murderers who’ve kept Egypt down for over 60 years, and who’ve literally ran over friends and allies.
Also – you implicitly seem to think that SCAF killing people is a bad, bad, bad thing – which it is – but conveniently seem to forget about the more than 100 martyrs that Morsi has given us.
People calling it a coup, others not. I say this; it is yet another coup, but with massive, popular, democratic support.
We’re a platypus.
The platypus is, basically, a mammal that lays eggs, more specifically, it’s a monotreme, a category that includes only two animals. Because it does not fit the categories that scientists recognized at the time it was discovered, it was assumed to be a hoax. This is what Robert M. Pirsig has to say about Platypuses -
We’re all skeptical (downright distrusting in my case) of the the military, but this IS a popular democratic removal of Morsi. That is not a failure, although what comes next might be. On one point we all agree, Morsi and his so-called Islamist goons cannot continue to hijack this country.
Wake the hell up.
Oh, and of course, if you’re going to talk me to about ‘elected presidents’, please read these posts first:
It’s also worth noting, as a friend pointed out that U.S. Commentators are completely ignoring why their own 2nd amendment exists; to be able to remove corrupt governments without ‘ballots’.
Mysteriously, despite latching on to Social Media in 2011 on Western Media, @CNN aren’t talking much about the Tamarod petition, nor showing it.
Here it is, by the way:
Is it actually possible that western anger isn’t about ‘coup’ but about the way this was popularized and mobilized through, essentially, a popular petition, photocopies, literally, distributed by people, for people, signed and collected by people, called Tamarod?
What Tamarod did, that might be scaring global leaders, is take people beyond “Choose A or B” ‘democracy’. It gave people the extra option of having a VETO.