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Why Only Democracy Can Save Egypt

Egypt’s military chief wisely dismisses calls for a coup against President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi (C) stands after laying a wreath during his visit to the tomb of former President Anwar al-Sadat and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during the commemoration of Sinai Liberation Day in Cairo April 24, 2013. Saluting next to Mursi are Egypt's Defence Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L) and General Sedki Sobhi (R), chief of staff to Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). Sinai Liberation Day is marked annually on April 25.   REUTERS/Egyptian Presidency/Handout (EGYPT

During the army’s Sinai Liberation Day celebrations on April 28, an ensemble of Arab singers stood on stage to receive a standing ovation for their performances. Some in the crowd roared the famous chant “The army and the people are one hand!” Later, army head Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, came forward to speak as scheduled. El-Sisi embarked on a passionate portrayal of the army and Egypt, and how both will remain strong and defiant, during which he got several ovations.

Suddenly, well-known singer Mohammed Fouad, who had earlier produced an Egyptian flag with the army's emblem, interrupted and emotionally pleaded to El-Sisi, “Please take care of Egypt, sir.” Fouad then began to tear up as someone began to calm him down, and a few other stars on the stage visibly began to tear up as well. The attendance reacted with strong applause to Fouad. While some understandably criticized Fouad claiming he was just acting. However,  at least to me, his emotions seemed largely sincere, and possibly captured those of a lot of people. 

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