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June 24, 2013 - 9:41 am

After the so-called Arab Spring, Egypt has slid more and more into Islamism. In their first free election after the fall of Mubarak, Egypt elected the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi to the presidency and gave the Brotherhood a majority in the legislature. Persecution of Christians is on the rise in Egypt now, and Islamist rule has begun to turn Cairo into a dystopia.

Hopes that the Egyptian armed forces would serve as a check on the Brotherhood initially faded: The army had actually struck a deal with the Islamists during the transition of power. But Egypt’s army may be getting ready to act, at least if its chief’s latest comments are to be taken as read.

Egypt’s army chief warned on Sunday that the military is ready to intervene to stop the nation from entering a “dark tunnel” of internal conflict.

Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi spoke a week ahead of mass protests planned by opponents of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. There are fears the demonstrations calling for Morsi’s ouster will descend into violence after some of the president’s hard-line supporters vowed to “smash” them. Others declared protesters were infidels who deserve to be killed.

El-Sissi’s comments were his first in public on the planned June 30 protests. Made to officers during a seminar, they reflected the military’s frustration with the rule of Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president who completes one year in office on June 30.

“Those who think that we (the military) are oblivious to the dangers that threaten the Egyptian state are mistaken. We will not remain silent while the country slips into a conflict that will be hard to control,” he said.

In a thinly veiled warning to Morsi’s hard-line backers, el-Sissi said: “It is not honorable that we remain silent in the face of the terrorizing and scaring of our Egyptian compatriots. There is more honor in death than watching a single Egyptian harmed while his army is standing idly by.”

El-Sissi also warned that the military will no longer tolerate any “insults” to the armed forces and its leaders, a reference to a series of comments by leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, of which Morsi hails, that were perceived by the military as insults.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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The Egyptian Military brought Sadat to power and he made peace with Israel and, for the most part, there was peace in the middle east. Then he was assassinated by Black September (Muslim Brotherhood) and the country turned to crap. Maybe a little military cleanup is due.
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I wasn't aware that the civil war/arab spring ever stopped.
1 year ago
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Egyptian civil war would be the fulfillment of Obama foreign policy. Dear Leader helps overthrow an American ally (even if a dictator-he kept the peace with Israel) to install his mooslim bruthahood "friends" in the name of "democracy"...yeah, what a bunch of $h!t...typical braindeadness on display from the White Mosque. A military coup may actually improve the lives of the ordinary Egyptian people, uh, the ones that survive, I mean...who knows?

What we really know as an undisputed fact is that whatever this group of "highly educated and experienced" government bureaucrats has touched has turned to 100% pure crap...100% of the time. The most inept, corrupt, disrespected worldwide American administration EVVAAAAAH.

Remember BENGHAZI!
1 year ago
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On the larger scale, there is no downside to an actual or attempted Egyptian military coup. If it succeeds, there is a small chance that Egypt will be less of a base for Islamist attacks on the West, and an even smaller chance that they can rebuild enough of an economy to feed most of their people. If it fails, it will destroy what little design margin remains in Egyptian society and economy. In the chaos that ensues, the Islamists will be to a certain extent pre-occupied with survival both in the military and the empty belly sense.

The starvation and chaos are already pre-determined from current conditions, so it is merely a matter of time shifting and a miniscule improvement of the odds. At this point there is nothing that can be done with the Muslim Brotherhood in charge to prevent collapse. When you import 60% of your caloric intake, and you deliberately chase off the source of the foreign exchange that you buy it with; Darwin is going to come knocking at the door.

Subotai Bahadur
1 year ago
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Good on the Egyptian Army. A military coup woul be the least bad choice that Egypt could make in the current calamitous state of affairs. I have no illusions: such a coup, even if successful and quick, will provoke an Islamist insurgency. But the Islamists would be out of power. I do not envy Egypt and the terible state it has created for itself. And I'm none too happy with our own government for encouraging something that has resulted in chaos.
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