There is something utterly bizarre about the Muslim Brotherhood calling for massive demonstrations today to denounce the Egyptian army. This is the 40th anniversary holiday that commemorates that heroic moment in 1973 when the Egyptian Army staged an amphibious assault against the theoretically invincible Israeli-held Bar Lev Line, crossing the Suez Canal while Egyptian artillery fire and jet fighters streaked across the skies.
And on October 6th, when this army which the Muslim Brotherhood despises and denounces, stormed across the Suez Canal it was to the massive shouts of “Allah Akbar;” amplified by loudspeakers on the Egyptian-held side of the canal.Abdallah Schleifer
Given that Egypt at that moment had a freely elected parliament, multiple parties and a relatively free, entirely private-owned press, the Nasserist coup which almost immediately evolved into dictatorship and which the MB had no objections to at the time --their own problems with Nasser would come later -- was far less justifiable in the language of defending democracy which now gushes forth from the remaining MB spokesmen. Nor did the MB condemn the softer, quiet coup, but a coup nevertheless, that deposed Mubarak in response to the massive demonstrations against him, and the prospect of Gamal Mubarak (along with his civilian band of crony capitalists) inheriting the presidency, which displeased the armed forces command, nearly as much as everyone else.