Spotlight on Geopolitics

Egypt’s “democratic” (sic !) coup d’etat is reminiscent of similar political events from pre-2002 Turkey. We can all recall the repeated interventions and coups d’etat perpetrated by the Turkish generals against democratically-elected politicians who happened to displease them, together with the killings, the tortures, arbitrary arrests and prison terms. The same scenario is now playing all over again in Egypt : incredibly, soldiers of the national army have taken sides in a political dispute and have killed more than 50 of their co-nationals. Overnight, they have become just bunch of assassins in military uniforms.

Granted, Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood did not know a great deal about governing Egypt.(Morsi, after all, studied and worked in the USA). However, the events leading to their demise will unfortunately be judged worse than anyone cares to realize right now. This is simply no way to deal with a democratically-elected leader or political force, even if it might appear to be the right thing to do at the time. The tacit support of the US for the army coup can only add insult to injury.

In truth, what Egypt’s opposition succeeded in doing is to lend its support to a middle class that became affluent during Mubarak’s years in power . The latter – corrupt and dependent on government contracts or largesse for its livelihood – is a far cry from the dynamic economic force that middle classes represent in the West or in today’s Turkey. The state it tends to support is itself totally dependent on IMF loans or gifts from richer Arab states. In a nutshell, this is the sort of state/middle class which Morsi’s opposition has inadvertently favoured by demonstrating in Tahrir Square, and on whose behalf the Egyptian army has killed a few days ago.

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