Egyptian President Morsi pulled off one of the worst first year tenures as head of government. He lost domestic support, caving to IMF demands to reduce bread and fuel subsidies to Egypt’s abysmally poor, though he campaigned on the opposite.
That was not the reason for the military intervention. On June 15, Morsi met with radical Sunni clerics to advocate that Egypt invade Syria to overthrow Asad, preventing Asad from mopping up the remainder of Western supported cannibals who tried to deseat him.
Apparently a faction (majority?) of Egypt’s military thinks its job is to defend Egypt’s borders, not invade a brother (United Arab Republic) country.
In a fast moving emergency, the military took action to prevent a disaster, while legality of Morsi’s possible treason is left to slower moving history.
A political figure who does not appear to be a neocolonial tool is Hamdeen Sabahi of the Nasserist party. Sabahi placed third in the first round presidential elections, with 21% of the vote, not much less than the second place military candidate and decent compared to Morsi’s 24%. Nasser was the president who nationalized the Suez Canal and used the fees to create the modern Egyptian state.
Sabahi’s campaign emphasized a one-time 10% Tahrir tax on assets of the wealthy (50 million Egyptian pounds and above) to redress past abuses of the system. This would alleviate some of the near term budget problems. He would reinstate life support systems for the poor, develop infrastructure, social and physical, toward a more sustainable economy.
Sabahi will not be featured in Western press coverage because of his nationalism. Alternative media might do service to Egyptians by advancing his name.
Another word on Morsi. A few weeks ago, he appointed al-Khayat, leader of the 1997 massacre of 62 tourists, to be governor of Luxor province.
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