The World Reacts To Egypt's Coup

Tyler Durden's picture

As the mainstream media shows endless scenes of celebration in Tahrir Square following last night's military ouster of democratically-elected President Morsi, the tensions with his supporters grows more widespread. Perhaps, what is more worrisome for the future of Egypt, which we noted last night was definitely on a path on instability, is the reaction of world governments - from "deeply concerned" America to Turkey's "unacceptable" perspective to Saudi Arabia's "congratulations" and Russia's "democracy is not a panacea"- it seems not everyone is behind the second coup in 3 years (but everyone is calling for calm as the middle-eastern turmoil ripples into their markets) but is a "setback for democracy."


Via Al Arabiya,

United Nations

Meanwhile, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday appealed for calm and restraint in Egypt. "Many Egyptians in their protests have voiced deep frustrations and legitimate concerns," he said in a statement, reported by Reuters,that did not condemn the Egyptian armed forces' ouster of Mursi. "At the same time, military interference in the affairs of any state is of concern," he said. "Therefore, it will be crucial to quickly reinforce civilian rule in accordance with principles of democracy."

Saudi Arabia

In the Arab world, Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz congratulated the newly-appointed Egyptian interim President, Adly Mansour, on Wednesday. “In my own name and on behalf of the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, I congratulate you on assuming the leadership of Egypt at this critical point of its history,” said the king in a cable carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA). “By doing so, I appeal to Allah Almighty to help you to shoulder the responsibility laid on your shoulder to achieve the hopes of our sisterly people of the Arab Republic of Egypt.”


Meanwhile, in controversial remarks, a top lawmaker close to Russian President Vladimir Putin said Mursi’s ouster proves that democracy does not work in non-Western states. "The events in Egypt show that there is no quick and peaceful transition from authoritarian regimes to democratic politics," said Alexei Puskov, chairman of parliament's foreign affairs committee. "This means that democracy does not work as a panacea, especially in countries that are not part of the Western world," he told the Interfax news agency.

Via Spiegel,

European Union I

EU officials said they had no plans to reconsider foreign aid to Egypt. "I am not aware of any urgent plans to rethink our aid programs at the moment," Michael Mann, a spokesman for foreign policy chief Ashton, told reporters. "But the dust is still settling on what happened last night."

European Union II

European Union's chief diplomat, Catherine Ashton, urged all sides to return to the democratic process, "including the holding of free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections and the approval of a constitution, to be done in a fully inclusive manner, so as to permit the country to resume and complete its democratic transition." She added, "I hope that the new administration will be fully inclusive and reiterate the importance of ensuring full respect for fundamental rights, freedoms and the rule of law."


"Recalling our democratic transformation, accomplished without bloodshed, we appeal to the sides of the conflict in Egypt to continue the process of the country's democratization through negotiations and without resorting to acts of violence and military intervention,"


President Obama said Washington "is deeply concerned by the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to remove President Morsi and suspend the Egyptian constitution." The president called "on the Egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible through an inclusive and transparent process, and to avoid any arbitrary arrests of President Morsi and his supporters."


The response from Turkey, where mass protests have targeted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was even stronger, not least because Morsi had been a very close ally of Ankara. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu described the military coup as "unacceptable." He said: "You can only be removed from duty through elections, that is, the will of the people. It is unacceptable for a government, which has come to power through democratic elections, to be toppled through illicit means and even more, a military coup," he told reporters.


The government in France said it has great hopes for the election that Egyptian military leaders have promised, "so that the Egyptian people can freely choose their leaders and their future." However, the statement from French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius did not directly address Morsi's toppling.


Prime Minister David Cameron called on all parties to end the violence in Egypt, where nearly 50 people have been killed in clashes between Morsi supporters and opponents since Sunday. "It is not for this country to support any single group or party," he said in a statement. "What we should support is proper democratic processes and proper government by consent."

Foreign Secretary William Hague also told the BBC: "We don't support military intervention as a way to resolve disputes in a democratic system." "It's of course a dangerous precedent to do that, if one president can be deposed by the military, then of course another one can be in the future -- that's a dangerous thing."


[the coup] has been described as a "serious setback for democracy" by Germany.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said the country must return to constitutional order as quickly as possible. "I call on all those responsible in Egypt , to act calmly, to meet each other halfway and to seek ways out of this serious crisis of state together."


and The Telegraph's Peter Osborne notes six interesting points many should ponder...

Here are six points that strike me as indisputable about today’s events in Egypt.


1. Mohammed Morsi is in custody this morning, yet the only crime he has committed is being elected president of his country.


2. If you don't like a democratic government, you stick with it until the next election when you have a chance to throw it out. That is how democracy works.


3. There is no doubt this was a military coup. Attempts to claim otherwise are absurd.


4. Mohammed el Baradei (and the Coptic Church) have done himself great damage by  backing the military intervention. Whatever form of government comes next will lack legitimacy because of the methods used today.


5. William Hague failure to condemn outright and wholeheartedly the military coup on the Today Programme today was a terrible mistake.


6. This is another democratically elected Islamist regime, like that of Algeria in 1991, which has not been given a chance. Today's events are disastrous for the relationship between the West and the Muslim world.

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NidStyles's picture

No one really cares what established governments have to say, most of them are just as bad as the ousted one in Egypt, or in some cases worse.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

OK, seriously, how is 33 million people on the streets of your nation a 'setback for democracy'?

Because everyone in the country's voice was heard equally, so it wasn't fair to the ultra-wealthy?  There was no way to rig the process, hence a 'setback for democracy'? /s

NidStyles's picture

The mini-Fascists will all protest the event because it sends the clear signal to the rest of the world that they should not be putting up with the constant shit that they are putting up with.

Zer0head's picture

this is little different than an old fashioned recall of an elected official

prob was this guy was fast tracking to dictator status

NidStyles's picture

Fast tracking, slow tracking, they all want to be dictator on the inside, no matter the timing or pacing of it.

Obchelli's picture

Did you guys notice that any problems make markets actualy going much higher on their "resolution". Problems in Greece contributed to about 2000 do up points as every other days we where hearing how Greece will or is "saved". And it was for time. Same Cyprus initialy market went little lower just to take out new hights after problem was "solved", Now Egypt - Europe rallied 3% today and regardless payroll numbers US will rally like crazy on a thin volume 

knukles's picture

God, I love the sound of hypocritical comments in the morning.

DaddyO's picture

What the hell is Peter Osborne smoking?

His comments strike me as totally sold out to the statist view of the world, eh?


butchtrucks's picture

Wow - that's a brutal video zerozulu.  Got a date/time/place for this one?

This thing is going to spin out of control VERY quickly.  Whatever you think of Mursi he was elected with a big majority.   Those millions upon millions who voted for him are not going to take this lying down.   This is going to be like the Algeria civil war of the 1990s.


gorillaonyourback's picture

Bullshit he was in a run off. With 40% of the people voting. He was backed by the big money islamist and other anti military back. He lost all support when he tried to male changes to the constitution turning egypt into a dictatorship. So before u make statements go lool at the facts. I will bet many in usa would like to toss out obama but the people who own obamanation also own the military


Bringin It's picture

The Egyptian Military could see the writing on the wall. 

They did not want to get dumped by Morsi the same way his fellow traveller Erdogan tossed the Turkish top brass.

CPL's picture

Just noticed that did you?


Now that you've been red pilled, there is more to learn.  Carry on Horatio!

fockewulf190's picture

Just wait until the Great Reset hits with full force. Poverty, desperation and hunger will drive billions of people mad all over the world, and the weakest forms of government will crumble first. Weak nations will either crumble into lawlwss-like Somalias ruled by warlords and gangs, or they will be militarized and totalitarian in one way or another. The West will probably be thrown into a "State of Emergency", with each nation taking even more rights away and imposing draconian fiscal policies that will try to strangle and subdue. The pain will be terrible. It's going to get real fucking ugly, and none of the bozos within our democratically run nations have even the slightest of ideas how to transit this culling time. China on the other hand is buying gold as fast as it can. Guess who wants to be running the show after the Great Reset has burned itself out?

The cracks are everywhere to see. PIIGS. The UK and US. Eastern Europe. The Balkans. Most of the Muslim world. Japan. Argentina. Venezuela. There is massive debt, huge unemployment and misery everywhere....and it's all undermined by a 700+ trillion dollar derivatives timebomb that is ticking relentlessly towards detonation. Dom't count on Ben Bernanke, or whoever else, to be there to save the day and snip the red wire and disarm that bomb either. They will be sipping cognac in their bunkers looking through periscopes.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Gang lords or warlords aren't a great improvement over our current overlords, granted, but at least it will result in decentralization.  That alone will be good for the economy.  The black market economy, any way.

tvdog's picture

It's going to get real fucking ugly, and none of the bozos within our democratically run nations have even the slightest of ideas how to transit this culling time.

Oh, sure they do. It's called, "Continuity of Government." Note, not "Continuity of the Nation" or "Continuity of the People" - there are no plans for that - just continuity for them.

Anusocracy's picture

Somalia had xeer until the disease called the US government interfered.

Xeer, pronounced [?e?r], is the polycentric legal system of Somalia. Under this system, elders serve as judges and help mediate cases using precedents.[1] It is an example of how customary law works within a stateless society and closely resembles the natural law principle.[2]Several scholars have noted that even though Xeer may be centuries old, it has the potential to serve as the legal system of a modern, well-functioning economy.

Lewshine's picture

@ Zerohead,

No kidding. Why do you suppose our douchebag prez sounded so offended (in his quoted resonse) by a military that would dare to choose the people's desire over the world's dictator and all his reprobate friends??

OpenThePodBayDoorHAL's picture

How big is the egg on Obomba's face in all of this, it's really ridiculous. I mean WTF do we want anyway? Are we not opposing & drone bombing radical Islam wherever it appears (not that I think that's a successful idea). But now Obomba says he's "concerned" that the very secular army got together AFTER the very secular people went to the streets and said a 51% vote for Morsi did NOT justify a transformation to a 14th century fundamentalist Islamic dictatorship?

WTF guys has anyone thought this through for even one tiny little minute?

Let's review the tape: Obomba did everything he could to see the former Mubarak people get elected but the MB won. Then Obomba pressured Morsi to take $4.5 billion in aid because he knew it would immediately turn into an order for $4.5 billion for Lockheed-Martin for bombs and jets, which it did.

Now he's bitching that the secular army and the secular people overthrew a dictator? I mean precisely how is that different from the US toppling Saddam, except that it didn't (yet) result in further $1 trillion in taxpayer funds being transferred to the American War Machine?

Fucking Obomba is well on his way to legendary status as the worst.president.ever. This from a guy who held his nose and voted for McGovern, Carter, Mondale, Dukakis, Clinton, Gore, Kerry, and Obomba (once).

Totentänzerlied's picture

This is a military dictatorship with a civilian front. Nothing more, nothing less. Democracy in the proper sense of "senseless mob rule", aided and abetted by an all-powerful but usually hidden and discreet military junta, is what this was.

Democracy in the idiotic neoliberal pablum Hitlary likes to spew, whether of the more or less corrupt variety, this was not.

gjp's picture

My sentiments exactly.  The people and the army said screw you to foreign military adventures in alliance with one or more like both of Islamic fundamentalists and the Western agenda.  I would call a massive demonstration like that a vote of non-confidence according to the British democratic parliamentary process.

Problem is that Morsi has supporters too and their votes may not exactly have been counted ...

zerozulu's picture

So the conclusion seems to be that the world is run by two types of governments, CIA supported and Pentagon supported.

km4's picture

RT  Tomorrow's headline: U.S. Funded Egyptian Military Overthrows U.S. Supported Egyptian Government.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

This cycle will keep repeating as long as they don't get along with their neighbors. I.e., anytime they piss off Bibi.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture


Russia says (LOL!):

"This means that democracy does not work as a panacea, especially in countries that are not part of the Western world,"


chunga's picture

Yes, there are quite a few agendas on display in the quotes assembled by Tyler.

"Setback" imho is newspeak for "major improvement" in this context.

Enjoy your day hedger bitchez...and most importantly...don't get captured.

crazyjsmith's picture

Democracy doesn't only apply to Election Day. The People democratically voted him in - and they democratically yanked him out. Just because they made a mistake doesn't mean they have to live with it. That is democracy - the people surely voted - just not on Diebold machines.

It was a Beautiful display of democracy at work. I only wish we were as courageous as the Egyptian people. Democracy is a fraudulent Billionaire's game show here in the US.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Apparently they were supposed to wait for the next election cycle, like good sheeple!

crazyjsmith's picture

They are not practicing modern dem0cracy (technocracy)

Yet, over here...

Fool me once, shame on you

Fool me twice... We are shameful

Totentänzerlied's picture

The problem with democracy is apologistic idiots like you will redefine the word 1000 times to suit your needs. Modern fools say democracy is arithmetocracy, pure and simple. Rule by majority. Show me the vote count that proves 51% or more of the Egyptian public was in favor of this.

Oh, there was no election, no vote, no plebiscite, no roll call. It was a mob, enabled by a dictatorial military council. The morons still can't see it.

Do you lie just for the fun of it?

Bob Sacamano's picture

This is why the Founders set up the US to not be a democracy and for the first approx 140 years actually behaved somewhat like its republic design.  Then democracy started to seep in in the 1910s and beyond (popular vote for Senators, Federal control seeping into many areas (e.g., education), etc.).  It has been pretty much downhill since then.

Historically, democracy was viewed in the US as mob rule - not any more.

crazyjsmith's picture

Are u serious? U are the fool - as Stalin said he cares not who u vote for, as long as he counts the vote. The definition may change, but the spirit of democracy stays the same, and as Bob mentioned - this country was designed as a republic - Democracy is now used as a tool of deception.
So,u can get your panties in a bunch, but know your are wrong.

Carl Spackler's picture

... and surprisingly, all of this has led to real democracy as the majority of the Egyptian people get their wish granted


The real losers in this game are the elitist representatives in "representative democracies" or those who have abused the powers granted to them by the people through some sort of election process. 

Egypt is an example that representatives need to work for the people, or their cozy self-serving modus operandi will get them placed under house arrest. 


S5936's picture

I believe it's safe to say this administration is in over its head and in smoking ruins.

Cortez the Killer's picture

Russia is right; savage arabs must be ruled by force, and their rulers must be kept on a short leash at the end of a nuclear armed 7th Fleet

NidStyles's picture

I remember the same being said about the Natives everywhere before colonization.

francis_sawyer's picture

I remember the Harkonnens thinking that about Atreides & their Weirding Modules...

tvdog's picture

Take up the White Man's Burden ...

kennard's picture

Substitute "muslims" for "arabs".

The Telegraph's Osborne said that the change of government will "make Muslims think that democracy has no room for them".

It is the Nazi-fostered Muslim Brotherhood that has no room for democracy. They had their one man, one vote, one time. Now it was time for an eternal totalitarian theocracy and they showed their true colors. That is why Egyptians of both religions rose up against them.

Osborne tries to blame the ten million Copts, who were headed for slaughter under a theocracy. He sounds like a West End oil money sycophant; lots of them in London.

knukles's picture

I was thinking more like sheep or goats, something they could identify with.
Next up Valhallahrie Jar-it broadcasting personal reminder that the good olde UZZA does a wondefrul job with its pets.

Bringin It's picture

Egyptians did not like a future supporting / mingling with the US of A supported Al-CIA-da cannibals in Syria.

Who can blame them??

disabledvet's picture

not an expert but Morsi definitely didn't seem to be a Cairo boy to say the least. i also think the role the Army played...while significant...was obviously a back drop to the Government folks who really were primed and ready to take it too the jihadi's. i fail to see the surprise...and i would not be surprised actually if Egypt "calmed down" actually as the State starts gearing up for more professional expansionism.

nope-1004's picture

"setback for democracy."



Truly is a setback when the citizens demand freedom.


RSloane's picture

Yup. Seems that people are deliberately forgetting the millions upon millions [the largest demonstration on earth] of Egyptians who were demanding that the "bait and switch" used on them during the last election was thrown out. The army was executing the wishes of the people. The Egyptians have a rocky road ahead of them. Every tin pot administration is going to want to interfere AGAIN.

Anyone else cringe when Obama uses the words "tranparency" or "human rights"?

spanish inquisition's picture

The US has had over 200 years to get used to Democracy and elected puppet presidents.  Egypt is still in the stage that they believe a democratic government will actually help and support liberty and freedom for their people. What a bunch of unsophisticated dolts.

S5936's picture

No cringing anymore, I just get right to it and throw up.

mkkby's picture

My cryging became throwing up, then became ignoring him entirely.  It was obvious he was a bait/switch even before the first inauguration.

Here's a clue for next time.  When a candidate tries sounding like a preacher, full of the fake emotional voice inflections -- run fast... he is a con artist.  When he has one set of promises to win his party primary, and another to win the election...  he has no decency or moral character.

Cdad's picture

Fascism, totalitarianism, militarism, it all rolls onward.  From financial engineering and plunder, and now to include military coups...the will of the people continues to be churned under in order to accommodate the will of those who count themselves as chosen.

I have no love for the Muslim Brotherhood, anymore than I have love for the Republicans or the Democrats in the U.S.  That is not the point.  Instead, we continue to witness the legacy of cronyism, political elitism, and those who generally believe that the ends justify the means.

Well, I have news for you all.  There are principles that trump expediency.  They include democracy, liberty, freedom, and self-determination.  And no matter how many times the "chosen" try to bury these principles...they will rise again and again in the form of bloodshed.

And now...sit back and watch as the U.S. military industrial complex attempts to "color" events in Egypt in such a way as to insure that US strategic interests are preserved the form of forward arms sales, of course.  Because we all know that these are more important than...liberty.

God help us all.