This essay, yet another shameful example of coup-splaining, rests on a series of baseless statistics that have been thoroughly discredited.
The first is that “there were more than 22 million signatories to the Tamarod petition.” The signatures on the Tamarod petition were never independently verified or counted by anyone except Tamarod, the shadowy movement currently engaged in a campaign of incitement against Palestinians from Gaza (the author doesn’t mention Tamarod’s deep ties to felool oligarchs like Naguib Sawiris or SCAF officers). It is highly unlikely, if not totally implausible, that in a country where one-fifth of the population are children, a full one quarter of Egyptian adults signed this petition.
The author goes on to cite the ridiculous and utterly discredited June 30 crowd figure pushed by SCAF and liberal coup supporters, claiming that the anti-Morsi crowds were “estimated between a low of 17 million people and a high of 33 million.” I challenge the author to provide one credible source for this claim, which assumed that 20-40% of the entire Egyptian population was in the streets at once.
Here, I explained how these bogus crowd numbers were introduced to the public through SCAF’s propaganda mechanism: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/07/2013717115756410917.html
I also find the author’s deployment of Alaa Aswany’s opposition to Morsi as a commentary on the President’s legitimacy to be absurd. Aswany, a symbol of the Cairene elite, is a worshipper of Sisi and one of the country’s leading cheerleaders for the coup. Why is it surprising that Aswany’s name would appear on a Tamarod petition? He was, after all, a founder of Kefaya, the liberal group that basically morphed into Tamarod as soon as the fix was in on Morsi.
Essays like this are not only unconvincing, in the wake of massacres engineered by coup forces desperately seeking to consolidate their legitimacy, they are increasingly distasteful.