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Egypt’s Coup Can’t Be Sugarcoated

Egypt has undergone a , carefully choreographed and wrapped as a democratic act, but a coup d’etat nonetheless. How badly this ends will depend entirely on what the army and the Muslim Brotherhood do next.

It’s true that this wasn’t an ordinary military seizure of power. The generals won’t, for example, be taking any formal political position; they acted on a wave of genuine popular anger at President Mohamed Mursi; and they set out a road map for new elections. They also lined up an impressive array of support across Egypt’s religious divides.