I am writing my blog at 9 am (EST) today. The Egyptian army has told President Morsy that he has until 4 (10 am our time) to come up with a power-sharing agreement. Morsy says he won’t budge.
The idea of an army interfering in politics seems horrific to Americans. In other parts of the world, it is a long-standing tradition. http://clicktotweet.com/gohcp.
We think that army seize power and start dictatorships. Often, that is the opposite of what happens.
We are fortunate in the USA that we have a good constitution and a Supreme Court that interprets the constitution. http://clicktotweet.com/ub1eE
The Supreme Court does not make laws directly, but rules on cases brought to it that question the constitutionality of laws made by others. The Supreme Court could not legally make a ruling contrary to the constitution. The judges may disagree and judgment may change but the foundation and basis is always the constitution. The US military takes an oath to uphold and defend the constitution.
Many countries are not so fortunate. They do not have a good constitution or the government is based on a religious doctrine or tradition. Constitutions get rewritten. In some countries, the military acts as their supreme court, protecting the people from abuse. Turkey is a good example where the military has stepped in to remove an abusive leader or party, and then stepped back after democratic elections.
I am not saying that the Egyptian army will do the right thing. I am merely stating that military intervention in many countries is not always a bad thing. The fact that Morsy is a democratically elected leader complicates the situation. Let’s hope that the Egyptian army does the right thing.