What happened in Egypt is a coup called by the people on the streets, but is a coup, no matter the diplomatic and social situation make some people and world leaders use other names. Is the case of president Obama of the US, now in a very difficult diplomatic position.
He said in a statement that the US “are deeply concerned by the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to remove President Morsy and suspend the Egyptian constitution. I now call on the Egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible through an inclusive and transparent process, and to avoid any arbitrary arrests of President Morsy and his supporters. (…) The United States continues to believe firmly that the best foundation for lasting stability in Egypt is a democratic political order with participation from all sides and all political parties —secular and religious, civilian and military. During this uncertain period, we expect the military to ensure that the rights of all Egyptian men and women are protected, including the right to peaceful assembly, due process, and free and fair trials in civilian courts. Moreover, the goal of any political process should be a government that respects the rights of all people, majority and minority; that institutionalizes the checks and balances upon which democracy depends; and that places the interests of the people above party or faction. The voices of all those who have protested peacefully must be heard – including those who welcomed today’s developments, and those who have supported President Morsy. In the interim, I urge all sides to avoid violence and come together to ensure the lasting restoration of Egypt’s democracy.”
Despite what Mr. Obama has to say, to see the military ousting a democratic elected president and putting him under arrest is a coup. I’m not saying Morsi was a good or bad president. that’s for the Egyptian people to say, and the sizes of the protests first and the celebrations after the military intervention speak for themselves. He made angry millions of people. I couldn’t imagine how he would defuse so huge demonstrations. He had run out of options, that’s true. His last desperate try to call for a National Government was too late. Security was at risk. But I’m not fan of military interventions.
The military are the big survivors in Egypt. They ruled the country from six decades ago. They ruled during Mubarak’s era until his fall and during the year of transition to the free democratic elections. They have survived this last year under Morsi and now toppled him backed by political parties and religious leaders. They said they will grant the freedom of press but they closed some TV stations first day. They promised a technocrat government and a new constitution. Let’s see how and when this new constitution comes up. But then, the Army didn’t respect the current constitution to oust Morsi. So it seems they feel they can act as arbiter of the situation in the country in any case, stepping out from the shadows if necessary.
And then there is a fact nobody can forget: The Muslim Brotherhood. They are still out there, very unhappy now. And if all this goes peacefully as we all would like, they have a lot of strength to face new elections. A very complicated situation.