"The army reiterated its 'call that the demands of the people be met and gives [all parties] 48 hours, as a last chance, to take responsibility for the historic circumstances the country is going through,' the statement, read out on television, said.
"'If the demands of the people are not met in this period...[the army] will announce a future roadmap and measures to oversee its implementation.'
"The statement praised Sunday's protests against the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood and President Mohamed Morsi.
"On June 23, Defence Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sissi (pictured below) said that the moral responsibility of the army towards the people compels it to intervene and prevent the country from sliding into a dark tunnel of conflict, internal strife, criminality and treason.
"This responsibility demanded the army save Egypt from the possibility of becoming a failed state."
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What is more, according to the Egypt Independent:
"Thousands of protesters erupted in joy on Monday after the military said it would intervene if the people's demands were not met in 48 hours, an AFP journalist said, after millions took to the streets to call on President Mohamed Morsi to step down.
"'Come down Sissi, Morsi is not my president,' the protesters chanted, urging the country's Minister of Defence, Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, to intervene.
"On the streets of Cairo, cars beeped their horns and waved Egyptian flags after the army statement."
Credit: Aly el-Malky
While the army is certainly not a democratic institution, it would assert a good measure of stability, while tilting pro-West and supporting the peace treaty with Israel. Apparently troops have already been deployed in cities along the Suez Canal to protect it.
There are those who believe the fall of the Brotherhood in Egypt would have a domino effect. All I know for certain is that it would be a major embarrassment to Obama, who has supported the Brotherhood.
A very serious comment with regard to a statement made by the ranking Republican members of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, at a press conference here in Jerusalem last night.
First they indicated that, while they supported Kerry's efforts here, the Syrian situation was far more pressing. Said Graham, "The peace process is important but Syria is literally blowing apart: 100,000 dead."
Indeed, severely misplaced priorities within the Obama administration. Indicated the two, Obama has demonstrated a severe lack of leadership. They dismissed the idea of an international conference as worthless.
All true, too true.
However, concerned that the killing stop, they suggest that there be real US intervention in Syria: Addressing the Obama administration, Graham said, "If you don't get this right soon, the whole region is going down."
McCain elaborated, saying that Hezbollah was helping Assad, as were the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, and there was Russian equipment for them to use. "Meanwhile the freedom fighters have only light weapons...It is an unfair fight." (Emphasis added)
FREEDOM FIGHTERS? We're talking jihadists here. Extreme Islamist radicals who have co-opted the fight against Assad.
"So what we want to see is the declaration of a no-fly zone. We can take out their runways and negate their air power using Patriot missile batteries close to the no-fly zone and provide weapons they [the rebels] really need... They need anti-tank and anti-air weapons. That's what I mean by American leadership."
I never thought I would say this, but this proposal makes the do-nothing policy of Obama look like great leadership. How disheartening, how frightening, that ranking members of the US Armed Services Committee should be so clueless.
They claim to be strong supporters of Israel. And yet they seem to have not a notion of what it would mean that radical Islamists, directly to our north and determined to destroy Israel for the sake of their Caliphate, should have anti-aircraft weapons. One of the things we worry about is that, if Assad falls, his sophisticated weaponry might end up in these radical hands.
The radical horse is out of the barn, and that is how it is. Had Obama acted sooner in strongly supporting a more moderate rebel force in Syria, that would have been leadership that might have made a positive difference. But now??
Syria indeed may be finished as an autonomous nation, and destruction is leaking into Lebanon. But it's an exaggeration to say that "the whole region is going down." We're doing OK, and so far Jordan, in spite of the Syrian refugees that have flooded in, is holding on. But give jihadists those weapons -- Heaven forbid! -- and that's when there would be a risk to the whole region.
We have here a sterling example of that old saying, The road to hell is paved with good intentions.