The Egyptian military is reportedly deploying in what appears to be the set-up to a coup. Millions of protestors have called for new elections to replace President Mohammed Morsi and the army gave him 48 hours to resolve the situation politically. That deadline has passed, and now it looks like the military will try to take over.
Ahram Online is reporting there are troops deployed in the Egyptian capital of Cairo and other places in the country. While removing the Islamic Morsi from power could help the West, a civil war in Egypt could hurt global trade and Western economies.
Egypt controls a vital sea trade route via the Suez Canal that links Asia and Europe. It’s very important for oil shipments as well.
The Egypt Independent, translating an article from Al-Masry Al-Youm, quoted one powerful religious official loyal to Morsi as hinting a vicious war may be upcoming.
Abdel Rahman al-Barr, the mufti of the Muslim Brotherhood, said, “We will not go home until we achieve victory. Otherwise, they will have to carry us to our graves.”
This could be a rough stretch for Egypt, and the gas pump.
(By Joshua Spurlock, www.themideastupdate.com, July 3, 2013)