What REALLY Caused the Coup Against the Egyptian President

The protests in Egypt against president Mohammed Morsi were – according to the BBC – the largest in history.

The Egyptian military threw Morsi out in a coup today.


Irish Times reports:

Army concern about the way President Mohamed Morsi was governing Egypt reached tipping point when the head of state attended a rally packed with hardline fellow Islamists calling for holy war in Syria, military sources have said.


Mr Morsi himself called for foreign intervention in Syria against Mr Assad, leading to a veiled rebuke from the army, which issued an apparently bland but sharp-edged statement the next day stressing that its only role was guarding Egypt’s borders.


“The armed forces were very alarmed by the Syrian conference at a time the state was going through a major political crisis,” said one officer, whose comments reflected remarks made privately by other army staff. He was speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to talk to the media.


For the army, the Syria rally had crossed “a national security red line” by encouraging Egyptians to fight abroad, risking creating a new generation of jihadists, said Yasser El-Shimy, analyst with the International Crisis Group.

At the heart of the military’s concern is the history of militant Islam in Egypt, homeland of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri. The military source condemned recent remarks made by “retired terrorists” allied to Mr Morsi, who has deepened his ties with the once-armed group al-Gamaa al-Islamiya.

Obama had recently sent American troops to prop up Mursi, and the protesters were furious at the U.S. for backing Islamic radicals.

(The U.S. backed Egypt’s previous dictator, as well).

Support of Western intervention in Syria was also one of the main causes of the recent enormous protests in Turkey … which came close to toppling the Turkish leadership.

Indeed, the American government has been providing arms, money and logistical support to Al Qaeda in Syria, Libya, Mali, Bosnia and other countries – and related Muslim terrorists in Chechnya, Iran, and many other countries.  So moderate Arabs all over the Middle East and North Africa are becoming furious at U.S. interventionist policies.

Note:  The coup is a set-back for the U.S. , because Egypt – unlike Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Iran – isn’t on the 20-year-old list of countries targeted for regime change.


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14 Responses to “Coup: Egypt’s Support for Intervention in Syria Was the Last Straw”

  1. Willy2 says:

    I have a different take on events in Egypt.

    Egypt’s military didn’t like president from the day Mursi became president. Egypt’s military has large economic interest in the egyptian economy, controls a large part of the economy. I feat the army was helped by the US gov’t who called for economic reforms before Eqypt received a new IMF loan. Those reforms led to civil unrest and gave the army a good reason to overthrow Mursi.

    Another reason why Mursi was overthrown was his favurable/friendly attitude towards the palestinians in Gaza. That didn’t go down to well in Israël. I fear Israel used their (large) influence in Washington DC to push the Obama administration into putting pressure on president Mursi. See above.

    But it doesn’t matter because the military has to deal with precisely the same bad economic situation in Egypt as Mursi had to face. A highly subsidized society that’s costing a fortune to maintain. While at the same time income tourism has sharply been reduced as a result of that civil unrest & the economic recession in Europe. Another source of income is traffic through the Suez canal but that also has suffered under the economic recession.

  2. postman says:

    Thanks for including this piece. The hyperlink about 10 lines from the end, “sent American troops to prop up Morsi,” provides information too few are aware of.

  3. chartist says:

    So, is our government going to officially call this a coup?

  4. ilsm says:

    Egypt’s military has a lot of “aid” Washington sends…………..

    The Romans found Greek speakers in both Egypt and what is now called Syria generated by Alexander’s successors running the places for several hundred years.

  5. capitalistic says:

    I’m not even sure why it’s even a big deal. The Egyptians rallied against a US-backed military dictator. The masses voted for a noted Islamist. The masses eventually lost interest and rallied against him. The constant denominator is the military.

  6. leopardtrader says:

    US or the west is not in war against Islam. Not condemning a coup in Egypt by USA is childish and have actually damaged USA image and agenda. The handlers in Washington are incompetent.

    Yes Morsi utterances about Syria caused his downfall. Same thing happening in Turkey. The media is talking about riots in Turkey caused by so-called park re-development. The riots in Turkey is an expression of Turkish actions in Syria. It is shocking USA administration is betting on the wrong horses everywhere ! Bring back Henry Kissinger..

  7. franklin411 says:

    There were three primary forces in Egypt since the anti-Mubarak revolution:

    1. The Islamists
    2. The military
    3. The people

    As soon as Mubarak fell, the US sent aid in the form of NGO’s and Congressional grants to help the people learn the art of democracy. Recognizing the threat to their agenda, the Islamists banned this assistance. Morsi then tried to eviscerate the military, which was the only countervailing force left to Islamist rule, but the US kept the army relevant with military aid.

    It’s quite interesting that the US-version of Islamism (Tea Party/IBD types) sees only one use for riot control: suppressing anti-Morsi rioters. I suppose it never occurred to them (or maybe it just doesn’t support their cause, so it’s inconvenient to mention) that troops trained in riot control can also be used to suppress pro-Morsi rioters.

  8. Joe Friday says:

    I’m fascinated how many people are dancin’ as fast as they can attempting to claim that a military coup is not a military coup. The military claims they acted on behalf of the Egyptian people, but the people in the street were the LOSERS.

    * When the parliamentary elections were held, they lost (and the military canceled it).

    * When the parliamentary elections were held again, they lost.

    * When the presidential elections were held, they lost.

    * When the new constitution was put to a referendum, they lost by more than 2 to 1.

    Imagine the shoe was on the other foot, and the Muslim Brotherhood had lost two parliamentary elections, the presidential election, and the constitutional referendum, and were in the streets en masse, demanding the removal of the president who was democratically elected in a fair and internationally monitored election.

    The military and the West would be telling them, that’s they way the cookie crumbles, better luck in the next election. They mouth the words freedom, democracy, rule of law, and self-determination, but it only seems to apply when their guy wins.

  9. leonardcrook says:

    Some clarification on the 400 US troops to Egypt. They are part of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), which is made up of international peacekeepers from 13 countries, set up after the Egypt/Israel peace accords, and which ensures that Israel and Egypt abide by the treaty and avoid a military build-up along the border. The MFO operates checkpoints, observation posts, and patrols the border. The observers also verify the terms of the peace treaty at least twice a month, and ensure free marine navigation in the Strait of Tiran. The US has been doing this since 1982. This is a routine rotation into the peacekeeping force. You should check out the MFO website at http://mfo.org/ and also the DOD website, search Multinational Force and Observers.

    I don’t read IBD, but I hope IBD is more accurate at financial news than it is on international and defense issues.

  10. leonardcrook says:

    And by the way, how did something from Washingtons blog come to be on The Big Picture? While Barry is away has the BP been hacked?

  11. VennData says:

    “…Indeed, the American government has been providing arms, money and logistical support to Al Qaeda in Syria, Libya, Mali, Bosnia and other countries – and related Muslim terrorists in Chechnya, Iran, and many other countries…”


    OK buddy, step down form the ledge. That’s it. That’s it. Yeah… good boy.