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The Perils of Democracy on Display in Egypt

Did anyone else find it ironic that, a day before much of the inhabitants of my social media feeds were celebrating "Independence Day", many of those same folks were cheering on a military coup in Egypt? Typically one would think that those that favor "democracy"  - a system where the leaders are elected via majority rule - would be appalled that a democratically elected leader would be overthrown by the military of a country.

Of course, morality seems to be relative for most supporters of democracy. It's great when folks they like are elected, but when some characters get elected that aren't so favorable, then other methods like a military overthrow are just peachy!

The problem is not whether a government is chosen by "the people" or by a military tribunal. The real problem lies in the creation of power centers. When a center of power  - aka government - is formed, and the majority of the population believes that control of this power center is they key to advancing their goals - then it is inevitable that people will clash over those power centers.

Sometimes, as with U.S. politics, those clashes are mostly rhetorical. But in Egypt those clashes have become very real and very violent. Here's a sampling of some tweets describing the events unfolding in Cairo today (h/t Robert Wenzel):


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Democracy is an alien

Democracy is an alien institution to these people. It is a means to an end. It is just a formality imposed from the outside, without any internal base of support. It is a source of instability or disequilibrium, the solution to which is its elimination. One side wants to use the democratic forms as the first step toward its elimination. The other side wants to use its existing power (military) to end the sham immediately.

Neither side view it as a permanent state of things or as something good in itself. It is viewed as, and used as, the first means toward the creation of non Democratic permanent forms of power. Whether it is the Muslim parties or the military, neither see democratic forms or principles as an end or value in themselves.

Just a military coup?

What about the ~20 MILLION civilians protesting in the streets?


It's a military coup, no matter if 20 millions , 37 million, or 2 total people support it. What else would you call it?

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The vast majority of people

The vast majority of people and military in Egypt chose the right course of action. The USA should continue the foreign aid and Egyptians using our money as they see fit and finish the job. This is the only case I support aid because I know it's going to be used to stick it to TPTB.

Viva Insurrection!

And the interventionists

Show their faces.

How about the US supports no one?

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The saddest part of this

Is that Morsy was the US stooge. He was Uncle Sam's banana republic overseer in Egypt, and was also recruiting and sending 'rebels' to fight in Syria along with maintaining a seemingly odd peace agreement with Israel.

This is why "ALL OF A SUDDEN" Obama is reviewing aid money to Egypt.

They want to see who the military puts into power.

If Egypt manages to get a leader without CIA ties, you can bet Obama will reduce or eliminate aid, especially if they are hostile to Israel and Obama's "REBELS" in Syria.

US alliances

Are as fickle as US politicians . They change as the winds change.

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In the early days in Iraq,

Religious leaders in Iraq called for local elections and building a republic from the ground up.

The US fired the Imperial governor who favored this plan and put in the the head crook and brainwasher, Paul Brenner.

Brenner favored tyranny and worked to create it.

Free includes debt-free!


Tyranny of the majority....

it's really no better

than Tyranny of One

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