Will Morsi's Overthrow Lead to Egyptian Civil War?

In the irony of ironies, the first democratically elected president of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, was overthrown on July 3 by the Egyptian military, ostensibly to save Egypt's fledgling "democracy."  Doubtlessly, Morsi's organization, the Muslim Brotherhood (al-Ikhwan al-Muslimin), was in the process of dismantling any vestiges of democracy and installing an Islamic dictatorship.  Yet the intervention of Egypt's military has produced a situation in which the Ikhwan claim to be the victims of a coup.  Simultaneously, the disparate -- and desperate -- secular opposition have aligned themselves with the very military that only two years ago they helped bring down.  What follows if the Egyptian military does not give up power -- or even bans the Islamists in a future election -- may be a bloody civil war that will make the Algerian civil war of the 1990s look tame by comparison. It is a painful fact for victims of a new pathogenesis that might rightly...(Read Full Article)