Say Hello to Egypt’s Military Coup

on Monday, July 15, 2013

“Egyptians are making history as usual”’ Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi used this statement in 2011. Coming just after the ouster of the dictator Hosni Mubarak who ruled Egypt for about 30 years; this might have set a subconscious benchmark in the minds of Egyptians –and yes they did make history in the shape of a successful revolution.

It’s 2013 now, few days back Egypt was going fine under the nascent democracy of Muhammad Morsi, a person who was elected by the people of Egypt. But what happened next? The people of Egypt come out on the streets of all governorates again and gathered at the famous Tahrir Square demanding Morsi –the “elected” President to leave the government only a year after three decades of an undemocratic rule.

Is this a revolution? I don’t think so. Because the government was new, it had to eradicate 30 years of dust on the system. If someone was expecting a radical change overnight –like a flick of a wand, he/she could never be more mistaken. So what happened next? General Sisi came on screen of the state owned TV channel flaunting those magical lines “Egypt is under the control of the Army”

I totally don’t regard this as a revolution. It was a military coup systematically backed by the revolution loving yet emotional and easily misguided populace. There are a lot of reasons to justify my point. Having a close eye on the Egypt crisis, I watched millions of people on the streets of this historic country, both pro and anti Morsi and here’s the catch; the numbers were equal. That means it’s not the whole Egypt who wanted to ouster the President. The pictures from Egypt totally depict that this is not the “Arab Spring”.

I being a Pakistani know what happen when army takes charge of a country. We have suffered a lot of times at the hands of a military coup, and I am sending this message to all the anti Morsi protestors: this military coup will not benefit your country. Egypt is already seeing clashes between pro and anti Morsi protestors, there is a lot of bloodshed going on, and still there are no signs of Law enforcement agencies on the streets. This so called revolution is creating a lot of problems within the country already let alone the downsides of an Army-led government which are well known to the whole world.

With Army in charge of Egypt, the country will face international sanctions the economy of Egypt might suffer a lot add that to the current bloodshed on the streets, and it hurts me to say that things are getting bad for the land of pharaoh. My advice to the people of Egypt is that democracy is the best form of government, and there’s nothing such as an Army infested democracy; it’s either this or that so even if the army brings about another government it will be dancing to their tune. Egypt just came out of a big revolution, and it was just the first year of democracy and again the people in boots took charge of the government. I totally agree Morsi was not right in all departments but remember it takes time to reform things. He was an elected president and you, yes you the people of Egypt brought him to the office.

For third world countries like Egypt and Pakistan, the longevity of a democratic government is of core value for stability. For instance, there was a powerful transition of the government in Pakistan for the first time when a democratic government completed its tenure –and no matter how many reservations the country had regarding that government, the completion of its tenure was regarded as a positive sign. Egypt is surely in need of democracy more than Pakistan and the people of Egypt must understand that not every time is right to come to the streets especially not for demanding an elected president to leave the office. Our brothers in Egypt need to give a try and a chance to the people who have been brought by them to make things right. A stable and strong Egypt is of epitomic value for the geographical region of the country.

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