Their campaign against Islamist President Mohamed Mursi helped the army topple Egypt’s first freely elected leader, but some leaders of the Tamarud movement have broken away, saying the military threatens democracy.
The split in Tamarud (Rebellion) is a sign of growing public anger against the army-backed government installed after Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi deposed Mursi in July, following a Tamarud-organized petition and mass protests against him.
“We wanted the army to help us oust Mursi, not take over power itself,” said Mohamed Fawzi, leader of a splinter faction calling itself Tamarud 2 Get Liberated, told Reuters. “The army’s role is to protect and guard the state, not to rule.”
Sisi, who delighted many Egyptians by crushing the Brotherhood, is now expected to run for president and revive a long tradition of military men leading the biggest Arab nation.
The field marshal, widely regarded as Egypt’s most powerful man, is cast by his followers as a national savior. His image is ubiquitous, appearing on posters, t-shirts and chocolates.
But a tide of detentions and killings of protesters has prompted former Tamarud leaders to turn against the army and security forces, despite the rising risks of dissent in Egypt.
“We are seeing a return of the police state, but with new faces,” Fawzi said, in reference to security forces which were dreaded under Hosni Mubarak, but which have found their way back to power since a popular uprising toppled the autocrat in 2011.
I just love this so much. Of course they were bound to realize this. It’s really too bad it’s too late.
Remember when Hillary Rodham Clinton and many other professional thinkers assured us that the Assad regime was just a shell of its former self, unable to hold out very long against the will of the people? […] all it can do is fight wars and kill people. […]
We are on a perpetual war footing. We have the biggest military in the history of militaries. When you have a large military, it can grow restive. It can agitate for something to do. But all it can do is fight wars and kill people. We need protection, sure, but we don’t need these proxy wars.
A war in Syria would be a proxy war, make no mistake. People forget that we’ve been at proxy war with Iran for a very long time. The argument that President Obama is using to justify the attacks is that Assad used chemical weapons. How do chemical weapons change the equation? Surely the people killed by conventional weapons suffered just as much as the people killed by chemical weapons. The potential for mass suffering from chemical weapons remains great. Stumbling down the road to war again, ignoring the many obvious potholes.
— Writer Jon Carroll on the United States and Syria
A military expert explains how an United States strike may actually happen in Syria. What kind of military force would it be? What kind of machinery would be used? What kind of timing would it take? It’s explained here by Anthony Cordesman who works Strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
The Washington Post goes through various targets the United States military may attack in Syria. They cite the goal being Syria’s Defense Ministry locations across the country. They also name their number one, according to intelligence officials, being the Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC) in Jamraya, near Damascus.
I grew up as a teenager in Alexandria, back in the 1960s. My favorite place there was next to a small mosque named after Al Qaed Ibrahim Square by the beach, where we used to relax in the serenity of the cool sea breeze, listening to stories and dreaming of what could be as teenagers often do. I left more than 40 years ago. By those very same marble steps today is a battleground I never imagined the city would have to witness. […]
The stakes are getting higher by the day if not the hour. More than 100 lives have already been claimed in the last week or so. The Tahrir Square phenomenon, the Arab Spring, hailed as a prosperous new era for the people of the Middle East and North Africa, appears to be heading for an ugly finale. […]
The world desperately needs a democratic Egypt to transpire to act as a marker for the Arab world. The loss of life in Syria and stalled transition in Yemen, amid more turmoil in Tunisia and Libya, has only cemented this fact. What message does the international community send to the region if it allows Egypt to descend into another army dictatorship with our tacit blessing, and more than $1.3 billion in US military aid used to suppress a section of society? The dream of the Arab Spring where ideas and voices counted for more than the might of the gun is on the verge of collapsing.
— Mahmoud Badr, a leader of the Tamarrod rebel group who organized the massive protests calling for Morsi’s ouster, says to the army general Sisi
— Tamarod rebel organizer says on the Egypt protest relationship with the military in Morsi’s ouster
— A retired Egyptian colonel says on the partnership revealed between the groups who called for Morsi’s ouster and the military.
With the Philippines and China at odds over territorial claims in the Pacific, the United States is stepping up its military support for Manila.Keeping an eye on the Asia pivot + the South China Sea conflict.
The United States is negotiating an agreement to allow it to position military equipment and rotating personnel in the Philippines while avoiding the controversial issue of re-establishing American bases in the country, according to officials from both countries.
The negotiations for increased military access by the United States take place against the backdrop of simmering tensions between the Philippines and China over areas in the South China Sea claimed by both countries.