Skip to comments.Overthrow Morsi
Posted on 07/03/2013 6:39:13 AM PDT by National Review
And end the Muslim Brotherhood's dictatorial rule in Egypt.
By The Editors
Egypts ongoing crisis has taken its latest turn with a dramatic showdown between the Morsi regime, beset by massive street protests, and the Egyptian military, which has given it an ultimatum to accommodate the protesters or else.
The so-called Arab Spring has perpetually presented devilish choices between different sorts of malign actors, but this confrontation isnt a hard call. We should encourage the military to act to end the dictatorial rule of Mohamed Morsis Muslim Brotherhood. Morsi has made Hosni Mubarak look like a paragon of good government, without his regimes redeeming qualities of being relatively stable and allied with the United States.
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Does he mean our military or the Egyptian one? If ours, might I say “haven’t we done enough already?” If you think Morsi is bad, remember that we have no idea who we’ll get if we putz around there again. Could be better, could be worse.
Worse than al qaeda’s parent group?
CAIRO - Egypts state-run Al-Ahram newspaper said it expected President Mohamed Morsi would either step down or be removed from office on Wednesday when a deadline set by the army for resolving the countrys political crisis expires.
Egypts flagship state daily said an army road map for the future would set up a three-member presidential council to be chaired by the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court.
Opposition: Morsis speech equivalent to civil war call; 16 dead in Cairo U. clashesAl-Ahram learnt that with the end of the 48-hour period set by the armed forces ... it is expected in the hours that follow it, one of two things: either Morsi announces his resignation himself, or the declaration of his removal through the road map for the future set out by the armed forces, it said.
Al-Ahram said the road map would set up a neutral transitional government to be headed by a military leader. The transitional period would last nine to 12 months in which a new constitution would be drafted to set out a path to presidential elections.
Egypts army commander and Morsi, who represents the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, each pledged his life to defy the other as the hour approached on Wednesday that will trigger a military takeover that was prompted by mass demonstrations.
The military chiefs issued a call to battle in a statement headlined The Final Hours. They said they were willing to shed blood against terrorists and fools after Morsi refused to give up his elected office. Morsi said, The price ... is my life.
As a mass of revelers on Cairos Tahrir Square feted the army for saving the revolutionary democracy won there two years ago, supporters of the presidents Muslim Brotherhood denounced a military coup. Some clashed with security forces at Cairo University, where 16 people died and about 200 were wounded.
Morsi cannot help but see it, and once the APCs, IFVs, and tanks start moving into position, he would be a fool not to "make a deal."
We shall see.
they’ll have to check with Obama, he owns Egypt
Overthrow Morsi and the rest of the Islamic Brotherhood including Obama!
LOVE the picture!!! The media in Obama’s pocket is about to go off like fireworks on the 4th!
My prayers have been for God to intervene for our Christian Coptic brothers who are being persecuted under Morsi and the MB relentlessly since Obama stuck his foot in this. Just cause he changed the minds of low information voters in an instant, this doesn’t work in persecuted parts of the world...as history shows us very well!!!
Now we’re acting like muslim brotherhood are the only bad muslims but the simple fact is that the next guy is just as likely to be as bad or worse. I keep expecting Mohammad ElBaredai to reappear but he is just more of the same with a moderate face. He’s nothing but a global socialist which is what the whole idea of caliphate is about anyway.
Freedom in the mideast means you get to oppress someone else.
Did Bill Kristol approve this article?
Did anybody tell them elections have consequences? Or is this another manipulation by the globalist ptb that didn't get a government to their liking in Egypt?
Overthrowing governments has consequences.
The police powers in Egypt, for the most part, did not attack the protestors, showing at least some respect for the rule of law. Hence, to remove Morsi now would be to demonstrate that raw force supersedes law. Should a new Salafist regime ever take the reins again, they will make sure that can't happen again. It is to inculcate the rule of force.
Although they do exist, there are few historical examples of militarist regimes stepping aside for plurality (Franco and Allende come to mind(, but they are the exception and not the rule. In my opinion, the military should have waited until Morsi's government did something so outrageous as to delegitimize itself completely in the eyes of the world. Of course, there is peril in that too in that Egypt's institutions would have collapsed so far as to protract a reconstruction, with much suffering on the part of many. One thing is certain: if Morsi does not back down and the military does not move, Morsi will purge it of every officer with even a shred of "impurity" and this situation will have backfired. Hence my concern at the potential intemperance of this move. It is a delicate balance indeed.
Time will tell.
And then what? What will take his place with Obama in charge?
Could you tell me what the dynamic is between the Salafis and the MB? My understanding is they’re both Sunni, but Salafi is the extreme branch, more puritanical and MB could be called more Pan-Arabic?
CNN reporting that the Military has the TV Stations now. The Coup is beginning.
You’re always right on!
MUCH BETTER than the so-called pros!
No. I don't know much more about that than you do. Sorry.
Morsi is now President-for-Life.
I wonder if Erdogan in Turkey is watching all of this.
Yeah. Whatever happened to those protests? They still on-going?
CAIRO, Egypt -- Egypt's military moved to tighten its control on key institutions Wednesday, even putting officers in the newsroom of state TV, in preparation for an almost certain push to remove the country's Islamist president when an afternoon ultimatum expires.
Mohammed Morsi has vowed not to step down in the face of millions of protesters in the streets in the biggest anti-government rallies the country has seen.
His Islamist supporters have vowed to resist what they call a coup against democracy, and have also taken to the streets by the tens of thousands. At least 39 people have been killed in clashes since Sunday, raising fears the crisis could further explode into violence
The clock was ticking on the military's deadline, expiring around 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (11 a.m. ET).
The military beefed up its presence inside the mammoth headquarters of state television on the banks of the Nile River in central Cairo. Crack troops were deployed in news-production areas. Officers from the army's media department moved inside the newsroom and were monitoring output, though not yet interfering, staffers said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the arrangements.
The state TV is run by the information minister, a Muslim Brotherhood member put in the post by Morsi, and its coverage had largely been in favour of the government. But already in the past two days, the coverage saw a marked shift, with more balanced reporting showing the anti-Morsi protests along with pro-Morsi ones. State radio has seen a similar shift.
The authoritative, state-run Al-Ahram newspaper -- which also seemed to be following a military line -- reported that the military had placed several leaders of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood under surveillance and issued a foreign travel ban on the Islamist group's top leaders.
The head of the army, Defence Minsiter Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, held a group meeting with leading reform advocate Mohammed ElBaradei, Egypt's top Muslim cleric -- Al-Azhar Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb -- and Coptic Pope Tawadros II to discuss its political road map, a spokesman for the senior opposition National Democratic Front, Khaled Daoud, said on state TV.
Also attending the meeting were a representative of the new youth movement behind this week's protests and some members of the ultraconservative Salafi movements, a defence ministry official told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
The Egyptian military has been very smart in how they have done things. 1st, last Thursday, they announced they were moving troops into the vicinity of all the major cities but would take no action unless there were massive civil violence. Morsi thought they were doing so to help support his government...but it became apparent that the troops were actually there to prepare for Morsi's deposing when, on Monday, after reveiwing the size of the protests, the military issued an ultimatum to Morsi to step down...with troops already deployed across the country to enforce it.
Now, in the face of Morsi's refusal, the military is occupying the State run TV and newspaper, and is meeting with all of the opposition, the leading reform advocate Mohammed El Baradei, Egypt's top Muslim cleric, the Coptic Christian Pope, the leader of the new youth movement behind Sunday's protests and members of the conservative Salafi movement. Clearly, a coalition that will help the nation be governed in the absence of Morsi and the Musilm Brotherhood.
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There’s simply no way to know. Nobody can predict the unintended consequences that might arise if we interfere again.