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    • John Bartram
    • 18.08.13 | 10:48 (IDT)

    The Egyptian army has ruled Egypt since it overthrew its monarchy, with the exception of one year of democratic rule, now ended by the army. During that time, its officers have entrenched themselves in the economy and in power - they have become rich through their tyranny and they have no intention to go away. The USA has taken on the former role of the Soviet Union, equipping, training and financing. Ironic or what? The decision by the army to take back power was taken when Morsi changed the consitution in an attempt to unlock the legal stranglehold the army had placed him in, Having the police then stay at home, using their ownership of businesses to stagnate the economy, and provoking Coptic fears, was sufficient to bring crowds of protesters into street, justifying the army's coup d'etat. As we have seen in most Arab countries, their elites prefer to shop in Western cities, own second homes in foreign countries, send their kids to Western schools and universities - they are easily bought and persuaded. This is probably the underlying cause of the anti-Western sentiment among the masses - no wonder so many become anti-Western Jihadists ("if you can't join them, beat them"). The only way ahead other than Syrian-like civil war, is the approach taken in Turkey - if civil power is restored, it must weed out the officer corps and its allies in academia and the media. Meanwhile, the USA supports tyranny in Egypt (and elsewhere), whilst opposing the same in Syria. The reasoning for this is simple economics.

    from the article: Egypt slides into trench war, with no end in sight
    First published 20:59 17.08.13 | Last updated 20:36 17.08.13
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