Looks good, but not so good.
I watched the first Egypt revolution with great hope and pride. This latest overthrow may have had greater numbers, but it’s actually quite sad. Earlier they overthrew a dictator, this time they overthrew a democratically elected President, ultimately through a military coup. And now the Army is shooting people that protest, over 50 in a recent spate of violence. It’s actually kinda depressing.
The value of democracy and elections – as much as they suck – is that they mean that power can change hands without such violence and chaos. Constant revolution cripples a country’s economy, social relations, foreign relations and kills people and can lead to war. The point of democracy is that you can elect someone and then elect someone else later, but it does require a bit of patience.
I’m sure various people would say it’d be better if say, George W. Bush or Mahinda Rajapaksa or X or Y were deposed, but the cost of that deposition is too high. It’s like cutting in line. It may make sense for one person one time, but if it becomes a habit it’s chaos. Either way, it’s kinda a dick thing to do.
I, for example, support Mahinda Rajapaksa as my current President though I don’t think I’d vote for him. That is, I consider myself in the loyal opposition. For many people (most of whom don’t live here) that’s somehow unprincipled, but that’s simply how the principles of democracy work. If your side loses you don’t turn the table over, you work harder and wait your turn.
In Egypt you could say that Morsi was becoming a dictator or whatever, and he seemed like a pretty crappy President. Crappy Presidents can do a lot of damage in office and I’m sure it did suck having him there for a day longer. However, now what? Now there’s an actual dictatorship promising future elections, and blood in the streets. So not exactly an improvement.
Actually, this latest coup is kinda a bummer.