My full analysis of Egypt’s coup is forthcoming – I’ve been working on it for a while, mainly because its a complex situation and every day new information comes in. For now, I’ll just note that this supposedly benevolent not-a-coup has led to the arrest of nine senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood, including the leader of the party. The army’s has officially given up on their already sketchy premise for the coup – that is, that Morsi could not ensure the safety of Egypt and thus needed to be removed. They’ve rounded up Brotherhood members without justification or trial. Now, they’ve effectively declared the Brotherhood enemies of the state, which coincidentally, is exactly what Hosni Mubarak did.
And I’d also like to point readers to a few articles on the coup that actually offer real information about what’s going on.
Sarah Carr: On Sheep and Infidels : Carr voted for Morsi but also runs a website that translates xenophobic and otherwise problematic documents the Muslim Brotherhood distributes to its supporters into English. Carr notes how skewed the coverage of Morsi’s supporters has been and offers her own analysis of what is going on right now. Her article is by far the most informative thing on the coup in Egypt that I have found.
If you read nothing of this article, just read this quote,
So my position on events pre-30 June has not been changed by events since: the Muslim Brotherhood should have been left to fail as they had not (yet) committed an act justifying Morsi’s removal by the military. The price Egypt has paid and will pay for the consequences of this decision are too high. It has created a generation of Islamists who genuinely believe that democracy does not include them. The post-30 June fallout reaffirms this belief, especially with Islamist channels and newspapers closed down as well as leaders detained and held incommunicado, apparently pursuant to an executive decision. For thirty years, Mubarak told them that due process is not for them, and a popular revolution is confirming that. It is Egyptian society that will pay the price of the grievances this causes, and the fact that, with a silenced media and no coverage from independent outlets they have been left with virtually no channels to get their voice heard.
Human Rights Watch: Halt Arbitrary Action against Brotherhood : The Human Rights Watch sums up the many abuses of power by the military in Egypt.
My personal favorite quote from this article goes like this:
Without strict respect for the rule of law and basic rights from the start there will be no political freedom.
A full post on Egypt will be up soon.