The Death Throes Of Egyptian Democracy?

Andrew Sullivan —  Jun 18 2012 @ 3:00pm


A major freak out from Michael Koplow after the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces decided to write itself into the constitution:

[T]he SCAF is not simply intervening in civilian politics; it is establishing a permanent military veto and permanent martial law that will exist in conjunction with civilian politics. Even if the military does not ever actively remove the president, the president cannot go to war without the SCAF’s approval or do anything to curb the military’s power to indiscriminately arrest civilians or remove SCAF oversight of the legislative process. This is more insidious than a temporary military coup, because it permanently cements the subordination of elected officials to unelected generals. As much as the military was preeminent under Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak, this is a step even farther, since now the military will be actively involved in governing.

Issandr El Amrani thinks protests won't be enough to stop the Army's power grab:

To recapture the imagination of the population, to take their rivals off-balance once again, the revolutionaries have to strike where it’s least expected, and in a manner that is novel. The next battle might not be won in public squares, but in courts, in Parliament, in activism that takes place in dirty alleyways and isolated villages, and in the field of ideas and civil society, with humility and perseverance. And it’s going to take a lot longer than 18 days.

Marc Lynch develops a novel analogy for the Army's moves that suggest a ray of hope. Bel Trew delivers a long dispatch on the view from Egypt itself.

(Photo: Egyptian anti-military protesters demonstrate in Cairo's Tahrir Square against Mubarak-era prime minister and presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq on June 14, 2012. By Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images.)