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It appears that even though Morsi won the elections, the military isn’t giving up power so easily. When I wrote about this before, I always felt as though I was some party-pooper who was not appreciative of the revolution (indeed, of Revolution). But the military was in control, during Mubarak and after Mubarak. Mubarak was military’s man. The military’s decision not to go to war for him clearly showed who was in control of the situation. Now people are talking about a “military coup” or something to that effect. There is no coup, because there is no real change of power. It isn’t even a “grab for power” since the power never left. The revolution isn’t really complete until the power changes hands, it never did in this case. Sure, it is exciting that people were able to overthrow a dictator simply by protesting and with minimal violence. But they overthrew a figure head, the main source of power (including the economic power) remains with the military. Considering its size, it’s not even so much the people against the military – it’s one sort of people against another sort of people. It seems that Egyptian military is a society of its own. Of course they will not give up their influence and real power voluntarily. And unless the protesters are back in Tahrir, the military will likely get away with it. Why? Because the protesters do not have a clear message – they wanted Mubarak out, he’s out. What’s next? A free and rich Egypt? A beautiful capitalist dream? See Russia.

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