The removal of Mohammed Morsi as the legitimately elected President of Egypt by the US funded Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of Egypt, Abdul Fatah al-Sisi, on the 3rd July after one year in office, with scarcely a murmur of concern from any Western “democracy” is indicative of the contempt the governing Western powers have for the will of the people.
It can certainly be argued that Morsi , whose Muslim Brotherhood renaissance was largely funded by Qatar, did not deliver on the promises he made in the pre-election process last year. However if that rule of thumb for instituting a coup were to be used against every democratically elected leader in this world, there would be few remaining in power after their first year in office!
Certainly Morsi changed his political agenda frequently over the past year based on the likelihood of funding becoming available from the US or Saudi Arabia or Qatar. But again, if that yardstick were used against elected leaders to define legitimacy, there are currently few “un-bought” leaders in democracies who would pass that measure.
Don’t get me wrong , I am not an apologist for any kind of religious based political agenda; whether Christian, Buddhist Muslim or any other sectarian view of the world. By definition, those sectarian views breed intolerance, fear, hypocrisy and violence. But then again we have many apparently non religious Western leaders whose non-religious sectarian views breed that same intolerance and fear.
No, the most significant issue is the breathtaking hypocrisy of those Western leaders who regularly call for “democracy” in this or that state (usually with some natural resources they want) , but whose agenda is now manifestly clear: ” regime change” is all that matters as long as the new regime is “our” regime.
Secondly what is also breathtakingly clear is the total corruption and fawning of the mainstream western media to the powers-that-be. No headlines on why the UK and US and its European “allies’ are supporting a military coup over democracy, in what has been trumpeted for so long as the new democratic “arab spring” ; no hint of dissonance expressed…..
Richard Falk’s as always, great analysis in his Egypt: Extreme Polarization and Genocidal Politics