The future of Egyptian democracy truly depends on the chances of the truth to surface, in the midst of the current chaos. Personally, I believe that this is a fully orchestrated and illegitimate military coup. There is no other way to describe how Al-Sissi proceeded, no matter how some might want to dress it up. Even if we take into account the people who came out on the 30th June (whose numbers cannot have reached the officially claimed 30 million by any stretch of the imagination), this still doesn’t legitimize the military intervention. Why? Because there were loads of other demonstrations led by the opposite camp, so why acknowledge some and completely ignore and (worse) dispel by force others?
I also disagree with the label ‘Muslim Brotherhood’. Yes there have been a lot of MB sympathizers within the demonstrators and certainly, an active popular mobilization led by MB leaders, but one cannot deny the fact that non MB sections of Egyptian society have joined the protests to reinstate popular legitimacy of the political process. So why depict this as the Muslim Brotherhood against the military?
As for the ridiculous arguments such as Morsi’s greed for power and incompetence in managing the Egyptian economy and making political allies within the opposition, they all reek of disingenuity. Why blame Morsi, who has only been one year in office, for what 30-year Mubarak regime has done? Why blame him for the disingenuity of the many loyal agents and benefactors of the Egyptian ‘deep state’? Everyone knows that most state institutions refused to collaborate with Morsi or ease his endeavours to lead the democratic transition process. Simply because they didn’t want a democratic transition. They only wanted a democracy that fitted their own interests. And as for the constitutional decree which Morsi issued and which allegedly endowed him and his party with ‘unchallengeable’ power, this is also a disingenuous interpretation of facts. Morsi might have committed a political mistake in doing so, but the decree was limited in time and was intended to stabilize the transition process in the midst of fierce uncooperativeness of the state institutions (including the corrupt judiciary) and the opposition. The truth is, they refused to cooperate with any initiative. They only wanted Morsi and the MB out from politics. Forever. At all cost.
There is no better fit for the events in Egypt than this interpretation, in my opinion.