The One Chart That Explains Everything You Need to Know About the Egypt Crisis


The term "military coup," in the crudest vernacular, means some heavy sh*t is about to happen to a government. 

"Military coup" comes from the French coup d'état, a seductively sexy term that encapsulates the moment when a small group of the existing elite — typically the military — depose the extant government and replace it with another body, civil or military.

There are bloodless coups, and violent coups, and popular coups — regardless, a coup d'état is considered successful when the usurpers establish their dominance. 

Indeed, we are being reminded of this pivitol political storm today in Egypt where the military is staging it's own dethroning of the Mohamed Morsi government. 

But how does a textbook coup actually work?

Well, like this: 

This coup chart comes from the famous Edward Luttwak book Coup d'État: A Practical Handbook, which was written in 1968.

Boom. Coup. 

So what does the end game look in Egypt?

At 12:42 p.m. ET Cairo journalist Jake Shenker tweeted: "Egypt's current crisis is approaching a disturbing climax."

At 3 p.m. ET the Egyptian state media reported Morsi was out as president.

A coup is a watershed moment in a government's history. For all intents and purposes, the climax here will be disturbing indeed.

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