Wednesday, July 03, 2013

A coup, not a revolution

It is quite a show to watch Egyptian liberals and some leftists cheering a reactionary military coup by the man, Sisi, who has been in charge of Egyptian-Israeli military-intelligence cooperation.  Sisi is the man who tightened the siege of Gaza and who serviced Israel more than it was serviced in Mubarak's days.  This is a man who killed Egyptians and Palestinians to win US and Israeli approval.  I understand that the AUC crowd is happy and that some of them have classist contempt for the Islamists and think of them as uncouth and backward, but how can one not see a coup when one is taking place on TV screens?  No one has more detestation than the Ikhwan but Sisi and his other henchmen have less legitimacy than even the lousy Morsi.  Any popular legitimacy that is lent to Sisi can permit him in the future to overthrow a different elected government, perhaps a progressive government.  The battle against the Ikhwan should proceed side-by-side with a battle against the military dictators of Egypt who serve US-Israeli alliance.  Lastly, I wish to point out that the Likudnik House of Saud media, like Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat (mouthpiece of Prince Salman and his sons) are very pleased with Sisi.  That should be indicative.