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#OpEducate: Egypt, is this a military coup?

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  3. "#Egypt: Is this a military coup?"
  7. Greetings Citizens of the World. We are Anonymous.
  9. We have been watching with great attention, the current situation being played out on the streets of Egypt. We take great interest in monitoring the Military, and how it has again seized, control of the Egyptian government. Many people are unsure how to view this, blatant power grab, that has occured.
  11. Is it, or is it not, a military coup? This semantic game is, predictably, being played out among the talking heads in the global, mainstream media. The question though, is this a military coup, isn't so easy to answer, because, the answer depends a great deal upon the political convictions of the speaker. Yes, the military has entered the political arena, and ousted the sitting government, which is certainly coup-like. On the other hand, although the military is looking after its own interest, it is, nevertheless, responding to an unprecedented demonstration of discontent, with an increasingly unresponsive, and autocratic government. So, call it a military coup, but, one with incredibly broad, popular support.
  13. Governments, even those that could not stomach Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, are bemoaning the fact that the Egyptian army has removed a disputedly legitimate, freely elected, if obnoxious, administration. Naturally, this has less to do with any deep commitment to constitutional process, than with the simple fact that governments, prefer other governments far better than listening to the people in the streets. Do we recall the consternation in Washington when the Berlin Wall came down? We understood the behavior of that nasty East German DDR government and could deal with it, but people constantly pouring in to the streets demanding their right to freedom? Where will that end? The US government for many years, favored military dictatorships in some countries, because in those places, they appeared to be more stable, and were definitely consistent in their policies. Especially ones that favored relations with the corrupt US government.
  15. The, seemingly, “deep concern” the talking heads are expressing over dumping the legitimately elected government of Morsi, is manipulative of public opinion, and rings a bit hollow, especially where the US is concerned. Washington refuses to recognize the democratically elected government of Hamas, in Gaza, and they often side with the Israeli government, often calling them terrorists. When the Algerian military suspended elections in 1992 because the Islamic Front was winning in the early voting rounds, the US had no problem proping up the new dictatorship. In 1973, the US actually aided in the overthrow of the freely elected President, Salvador Allende. How about the legitimately elected Prime Minister of Iran, Mohammad Mosaddegh? The US engineered a coup against him in 1953 and installed the not so freely elected Shah. Certainly the US would like to see military rule in Egypt, so long as they provide stability and take a hands-off approach to it's real master, Israel.
  17. Distrust of the common citizens, protesting in the streets, inevitably evokes the label of “mob rule,” which subtly suggests violence and illegality, behavior distasteful to, quote, civilized democratic folk. But one might suggest that democracy is simply "polite and orderly mob rule". In fact, Aristotle made a distinction between “democracy,” rule of the demos or people, and “ochlocracy,” rule of the ochlos or mob, and he put forth that this distinction was not based on the venue, the streets or the assembly hall, or the political mechanism, throwing rocks or voting, but on the aim and goals of the group. If the citizens in the sovereign assembly carried on in the best, long term interests of the society, they constituted a democracy. If they sought only short term benefit for themselves, they were instead an ochlocracy. According to this definition by Aristotle, what we have in Washington is to be considered mob rule.
  19. Allowing Morsi to finish out his term and crossing our fingers that he would be voted out of office strikes us as risky business. Like his corrupt colleague in Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan, a corrupt, power hungry man, so lost in his despotism and clinging to his status of being "democratically elected, that he does not serve the people of Turkey any longer. Similarly, Morsi demonstrated his own deep lack of understanding of democratic rule, by assuming that, once elected by a simple majority, one can do anything one wants, and ignore, and punish opposition forces, in an authoratarian manner worthy of a dictatorship. His increasingly autocratic behavior, and blatant favoring of one minority group, does not immediately suggest a peaceful, democratic change of power when his term comes to an end. In fact, it is more likely that elections would be rigged by the Muslim Brotherhood, having had 3 more years to change laws, making sure they had secure control of the mechanisms of government.
  21. In a state such as Egypt, with virtually no historic experience in traditional, so called democratic rule, deposing a plainly incompetent, and nefarious ruler, by means of mass demonstrations, of an unprecedented grandeur, and with the help of the military, which seems to have their back, might be considered a pure, and truly democratic act, albeit one of a more rough and ready, immediate nature. Where some might cry cowboy diplomacy, it is possibly, the most democratic option the people of Egypt could have taken at this time.
  23. After all, how free are the elections of the United States? They have two entrenched parties, who enjoy almost complete control over who runs for office. Elections in the US are essentially an exercise in mass marketing, media manipulation, adversarial psy-ops, and mass hypnosis, rather than any serious political debate. These contests are easily manipulated by the true economic powers in the society, the corporations. If there are no term limits, elected officials can pretty much hold their office for life, because incumbents are usually bought by corporate interests, giving them access to their deep pockets and political action campaigns, with no accountability. It is impossible to know how much these large, usually global, corporate entities spend, to get politicians favorable to their interests, elected, thanks to a supreme court decision, known as Citizens United. They also enjoy results of two centuries of gerrymandering, the manipulation of voting districts to favor their party winning. Most of all, let us not forget, the conditioned ignorance, and coerced passivity, of the modern American electorate.
  25. What has happened in Egypt appears, in many ways, to be far more democratic than what goes on in the US, where democracy is played out, according to, quote, the rules.
  27. We are Anonymous.
  28. We are Legion.
  29. We do not forgive tyrants.
  30. We do not forget history.
  31. When the people speak,
  32. Expect Us.
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