Egypt’s Military Taking Over ?
The military delivered a blow to the Morsi regime yesterday, when they gave Morsi just 48 hours to reach an agreement with the people, before the military steps in to restore peace to the troubled nation. As a sign that they mean business, they had helicopters carrying Egyptian flags fly over Cairo’s Tahrir Square, to the accolades of the Egyptian people.
Ironically, the same protesters lined up against the military just three short years ago, in overthrowing the Mubarak government. The citizens of Nile Delta city of Mahalla el-Kubra chanted for Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the head of the Egyptian military to force Morsi to abandon his office.
Morsi would be receptive to a deal at this point but the millions of protesters want nothing less that Morsi’s resignation. He enraged the populace, when he tried to grab dictorial powers.
The military claims they will not become involved in politics, but it was the Egyptian military that backed Mubarak and shored up his regime until it became evident that he would be gone one way or another. They have always been the power behind the ruler.
Even though the military did not spell out the people’s demands, it is clear that they want a new government, and are not content to wait three years to get it. They announced that they were acting in the best interest of the country:”announce a road-map for the future and the steps for overseeing its implementation, with participation of all patriotic and sincere parties and movements.”
Mahmoud Badr, of the `Tamarod – Rebel!” coalition, stated in a television interview that:
“The statement of the armed forces has a single idea – supporting the will of the Egyptian people at this moment, which means early presidential elections.”
The main rally in Cairo remained relatively peaceful, but elsewhere in the country, violence broke out where protesters came under gunfire, killing 16 and wounding an additional 780 people, presumably by the hands of the Islamists.
The threat of violence remains and at midnight EST, it will be 6:00 AM in Cairo and some fear the violence will deepen. If it does, look for the military to strike at strategic targets throughout the country in an effort to topple the present regime.