AN OP-ED in the New York Times today takes up the people’s coup days after the first broke in the news. The “people’s coup” is the way I described what we all saw unfold on the news and across social media, which could not have happened without the backing of the military.
In his op-ed on the people’s coup, Khaled M. Abou El Fadl explains why this even is potentially very dangerous for Egypt and the entire Middle East.
THE Egyptian Army claims that it had no choice but to overthrow the country’s first legitimately elected president, Mohamed Morsi, and that last week’s coup reflected the will of the Egyptian people. It’s true that most Egyptians hated Mr. Morsi’s inept government and rejoiced at his downfall.
[...] This time, the military agreed with the protesters. But next time, when protesters call for something that isn’t in the army’s interest, they will meet a very different fate. Today they are called “the people”; tomorrow they will be labeled seditious saboteurs. A year from now, the dreamy youth who celebrated and danced when Mr. Morsi was overthrown may well find themselves in the cell next door to the Brotherhood