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  •  At a simple level the question (4+ / 0-)
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    TomP, grapes, IreGyre, Be Skeptical

    could be stated as what is the difference between a revolution and a coup.

    Of course revolutions are rebellions that succeed. History is the ultimate judge of political events and that is more or less based on outcomes.

    You are correct that a healthy functioning democracy has a healthy functioning system of interrelated democratic institutions. There is no question that Egypt lacks that. Those take more than a year to develop.

    Whether the military made an essentially constructive more or not will be determined by outcome. It is entirely possible for the situation to get even worse than it was under Morsi. It is also possible for it to get better.

    None of that changes the fact that when there is a constitution and an elected government, forcefully over turning those is a serious and drastic step.  

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