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Egyptian ambassador: This was not a coup

July 3rd, 2013
06:27 PM ET

CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks to the Egyptian ambassador to the U.S. about the ouster of his president.


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  1. Ahmed

    Ms. Amanpour, You should have asked the ambassador who said that Morsy was not inclusive why did he accept to be part of Morsy's diplomatic mission. What a hypocrite? His existence in Morsy's government alone shows Morsy's inclusiveness.

    July 3, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Reply
    • Danijel Turina

      The problem is, you caused quite a mess there. First you deposed Mubarak because he was a "dictator". Then, closely following the model of the Iranian revolution, islamic fanatics proved to be the most organized political factor and won the elections. Then you decided this was a bad idea and deposed the islamic fanatic, calling him a dictator.
      United States had quite a problem: they wanted to support the legitimate Egyptian government, so first they supported Mubarak, then they supported Morsi, and whomever they supported, some other fraction of the "people" hated them for it. So what you have now is military jumping in to save you from the result of your attempt at democracy, which ended up electing a Hitler. But remind me, what was the actual problem with Mubarak? He was military-backed dictator, and not elected? Which is different from the present situation, in what way exactly? And why are people on the streets happy, exactly? Lots of people died and got hurt, the state was disrupted, the military proved to be a safer ruler than the people with their elections, and this is a cause for celebration?

      July 6, 2013 at 4:36 am | Reply
      • Peter Lacovara

        Have you even followed what Morsi's rule was like? The overwhelming majority of the people wanted him out. Just because he was "Democratically elected" didn't mean he ruled in a democratic fashion. This was an intervention asked for by the Egyptian people- not a coup.

        July 6, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
  2. Heba

    Thank u Mr ambassador for saying it right and to the point :) it's not a military coup it's obeying the majority of Egyptian will :)

    July 3, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  3. Egyptian citizen

    I really don't get it. 30 millions citizens in the streets against a Dictator and his religious fascists ruling Egypt and you still dare to call it coup! MBH are the source of "Jehad" in the modern era, ask your leaders and people who read history about massacres they committed and innocents they killed. The US administration want them to destroy Egypt! Yes they want another Iran....Egyptian people are the greatest. ..

    July 3, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  4. Darlington

    Well the ambassador right to work as a citizen and right to speak his mind thanks sir u a patriot

    July 4, 2013 at 2:53 am | Reply
  5. George Atef

    Yes it's not a military coup it's the people well and the army protected us ......by the way if the US thinks that by selling the Arab world to the MB to buy them.... I would say that you repeating the bin Ladin story which will return back on you ...plz stop supporting these terrorist groups and do it once and stand behind the real well of the people which was clearly announced by the people of Egypt everywhere in Egypt we don't want the MB to rule Egypt

    July 4, 2013 at 7:36 am | Reply
  6. honey

    Dear Western World and dear mrs. amanpour on CNN: you know so little about what is going on in Egypt, its a disgrace for your corrupted government controlled news channels.
    There is no "Crisis in Egypt". We, the Egyptian People united, are downing the next Puppet president your administrations and governments have supported until today.
    There is no "fear effect" on the streets in Egypt by the military, the Military has bowed to the will of the People and is only showing their support from the Air dropping flags over Tahrir Square.
    Our "young democracy" is teaching the world how politics will be handled in the Future, by the People, from the People and ONLY for the greatest People on Earth, the Egyptians.
    And obama: we do not careabout what you have to say anymore.
    The Egyptian People are Free, United and Proud to rule Egypt from now on. God bless the People of the World and their Egyptian led Revolutions.

    July 4, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Reply
    • Danijel Turina

      To repeat what I already wrote to another commentator: you caused quite a mess there. First you deposed Mubarak because he was a "dictator". Then, closely following the model of the Iranian revolution, islamic fanatics proved to be the most organized political factor and won the elections. Then you decided this was a bad idea and deposed the islamic fanatic, calling him a dictator.
      United States had quite a problem: they wanted to support the legitimate Egyptian government, so first they supported Mubarak, then they supported Morsi, and whomever they supported, some other fraction of the "people" hated them for it. So what you have now is military jumping in to save you from the result of your attempt at democracy, which ended up electing a Hitler. But remind me, what was the actual problem with Mubarak? He was military-backed dictator, and not elected? Which is different from the present situation, in what way exactly? And why are people on the streets happy, exactly? Lots of people died and got hurt, the state was disrupted, the military proved to be a safer ruler than the people with their elections, and this is a cause for celebration?

      July 6, 2013 at 4:39 am | Reply
  7. nana

    how you call it military coup when over 30 million demonstrated and the people who could not put a flag or stand in front of their houses...Egyptian were facing a terrorist president...why you did not comment about his speech at the eve of oust he was threatening the Egyptian with blood and prison...we all know that US administration supported the Islamic brotherhood even we used to read that some congressmen were against it...and your ambassador in Egypt interfered a lot..Egyptian are not all ignorant you will be surprised....what Iam surprised that I thought you are free channel but it is not..the first thing I found on 30 june when Egyptian started to go for demonstration your channel just mention it...its people wish..and we are willing to suffer and bear anything but these terrorist to go away...also, let me ask you one question how USA is fighting terrorist in Afghanistan and Pakistan and supporting terrorist in Egypt and Syria if you think that for the safety of Israel..believe me they will be the first to fight after establishing themselves you do not know them as we..if you say he came by elections there were frauds in the elections and by the support of your ambassador it passed..we know..I started to loose faith in your channel....good luck come and see the Egyptian in cairo and then judge

    July 4, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  8. ashok

    We have seen coups in Pakistan, for instance, where the generals take over and run the country. In Egypt, the army has chosen a senior jurist to hold the fort till fresh elections are held. The presence of the Coptic Pope was reassuring, since that was one of Morsi's failings. Hopefully, the interim arrangement will not last more than a few months. The US needs to retain its leverage, so cutting off aid may be counter productive.

    July 4, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Reply
  9. pure egyption

    Not a coup, its a great revolution supported by the army > there is no way to get morsi out without using the army
    the MB have a lot of terrorist friends .

    July 5, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Reply
  10. ihab

    You can see that the Muslim Brotherhood, shooting at the police and the Egyptian people http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCBcEkCWfWg&feature=share

    July 6, 2013 at 1:12 am | Reply
  11. ihab

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLnD_8nbM1c&w=640&h=390]

    July 6, 2013 at 1:14 am | Reply
    • karim

      thanks Ihab for sharing this video, how you call it military coup when over 30 million demonstrated and the people who could not put a flag or stand in front of their houses.

      July 7, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  12. Apul M'Deek-Aoud

    And that thing floating in the toilet is not a crap.

    July 7, 2013 at 9:53 am | Reply
  13. EgyMo

    It is utterly amazing that there are those who can call this anything other than a Coup. Morsi doesn't have to have a tank parked in his bedroom for this to be a Coup, the Military arrested him and removed him from office – what else can we call it ? In addition, this must have been planned months in advance so pretending the Military responded to the people on the street within 48 hours is ridiculous. What is more important is the message this sends to Islamists all over the world. These are people who split up and decided to put down their weapons and try Democracy, after winning 6 straight referendums and ballots, they found them all taken away at Tank point by none other than the very people who advocate Democracy. Can you guess what they are thinking now ? The fundies were right, democracy really doesn't work, back to terrorism.

    July 7, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  14. dina

    Stop calling it military coup....it's aPopular revolution Against Alictatoria,.........
    cnn news must be Neutral in the transfer news from Egypt without mislead..
    America must stop supporting terrorism.america shoudn't be so hated from more than 30 million Egyptians Demonstrated in streets against the Previous President Morsi

    July 7, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  15. ahmed

    He's already full military coup there are millions of Egyptians who elected Dr. Morsy and the army came and the coup against legitimacy and democracy, despite the presence of millions of Egyptians in the streets upheld Dr. Morsy coup deliberately refused to media not to show these Egyptians

    July 7, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  16. Joseph O A

    Whether coup or not, Morsi is gone. This is obvous. To me, what remains here is to see how Egypt can bounce back to democracy again and also minimise the number of deaths that may result in clashes in the coming days.

    July 8, 2013 at 8:09 am | Reply
  17. bumba macdonald

    its funny how a very disciplined army like that goes ahead and executes what the majority want then people start making noise grow up guys you are luck yo have that kind of sensible army

    July 8, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Reply
  18. Olakunlemicheal438@gmail.com

    Dont paint islam a devil advocate elders of islam. Hear the voices of the youth. Stop using the name of God to govern corruptively, biase, superess and upperss the masses. Let God plays the roles of morality and fair justice in ur home so that the society may be at peace. Train up your child the way he should follow, if he or she grown up they will not depart from it

    July 11, 2013 at 8:14 am | Reply
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