The Military Shows Egypt Who's Boss

Yuri Kozyrev / NOOR for TIME

Muslim Brotherhood supporters celebrate the expected win of their candidate, Mohamed Morsy, after the first democratic presidential election in the country's history, June 18, 2012.

When massive street protests propelled President Hosni Mubarak out of office 18 months ago, Egyptians proudly called the event a revolution. Now that revolution is looking more and more like a palace coup, with the Mubarak ouster cleverly camouflaged in the language of democracy by a military working to prevent the total collapse of the old order. By jettisoning a leader who had stayed past his sell-by date, the generals — suddenly sympathetic to the protesters — bought time to re-engineer their hold on power even as the military played its Islamist and secular challengers against each other....

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