Without any doubt, what happened to Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi can be counted as a military coup. It is an illegal and undemocratic power grab from (the first ever) Western-approved “democratically” elected president.
But somehow, it’s not illegal to the Western powers. Somehow, the military coup in Egypt is not a coup. It is instead being regarded as a transition, something that can be cheered and celebrated and one wonders why.
An army takeover is “never” democratic and the West knows that very well. It’s like the Egyptians themselves have forgotten why they ousted Hosni Mubarak in the first place. Are they actually hoping for a better future under military rule? Why isn’t the United States of America criticizing the ousting of a democratically elected president by the army? Is the U.S. convinced that the army is doing this solely for the Egyptians and their demands? Is Barack Obama really that naïve?
Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood were undoubtedly tyrants for the Egyptians and the economy suffered under their regime but did it actually require a military replacement? Of course not. Moreover, soon after Morsi was overthrown, reports emerged of massacres being carried out by the army against pro-Morsi activists. This is exactly how the army works when in power and this will form the basis of future protests and clashes for sure.
And what do the Western powers have to say about that? Nothing. The least Obama can do is repeat his words he uttered in his Cairo speech in 2009 when he called for renewed Middle East peace talks and appreciated the democratic elections in Egypt. But he is not commenting for now. No other Western power is. Is it because of the provision of $1.5 billion dollars a year from Washington to Egypt’s military? But then again, this can be disregarded as a conspiracy theory quite easily.
The questions will remain; the doubts will linger on until and unless the West openly condemns the Egyptian army coup. Otherwise the silence would simply imply that Western powers are okay with ‘such’ takeovers and are being hypocritical with their policies towards Egypt and Syria.