And what did the secular opposition do? Did they agree to Morsi's many offers of negotiations? Of parliamentary elections in April this year? Of a government of national unity including all parties shortly before the coup?
No - with a few honourable exceptions, like fools they encouraged and welcomed a military coup that would put the Generals and Mubarak's appointees back in real power instead. El Baradei was the worst for this but he clearly had lots of supporters backing his no compromise and no negotiations stance.
And the secular opposition even welcomed former members and MPs from Mubarak's National Democratic Party. The Tamarod movement and its petition against Morsi was funded by businessmen who supported Mubarak.
And the former revolutionaries began welcoming Mubarak's secret police and plain clothes thugs too.
Until they wake up to the fact they have been being played as dupes by the military and Mubarak's appointees (e.g Adly Mansour) with the army playing divide and conquer the opposition to Mubarak by setting Islamic parties against secular ones, the revolution is dead.
Could we have waited for parliamentary elections? The many millions who came out on the streets on 30 June didn't think so. They came out again four weeks later to respond to Sisi's request for a mandate.
Because half of them were idiots or didn't believe in democracy and the rest were former members of Mubarak's NDP party.
And the media reinvented itself and whipped up a love-fest for the military. So now what we've been dreading has come to pass: the police, backed by the military, have moved in. The official death count as I write is 150. It will rise. The Brotherhood is asking how "the people" are allowing this to happen. And it has been appealing to the foreign press and world public opinion.
That's what happens when you back a military coup against a democratically elected government and then agree to join the coup regime. Amazingly enough your support for the coup and your leaders joining an unelected coup regime and staying in it while it massacres unarmed protesters asking for the elected President to be restored to office, people blame you for it, because you are responsible for your own actions.
If a candidate you had voted for was democratically elected and then overthrown in a military coup would you have quietly gone home and said "never mind"? Of course not. Why should Morsi's supporters?sjxt
Too much excuse making on behalf of Egypt's liberals here that just won't wash.
When Ahdaf says Egypt set out the path to today's slaughter when Sisi three weeks ago asked for his security mandate that is, of course, nonsense.
Egypt set out on this path with the coup. But Ahdaf doesn't have the honesty to face up to that. Because that was the coup which Ahdaf conspicuously did not forthrightly condemn at the time but instead tacitly supported in her last Guardian article and, ludicrous as it might seem today (and frankly did then), sought to portray there as a continuation of a revolution for democracy rather than a return of the deep state:
The revolutionaries are working hard to point out that this phase is not against Morsi and the Brotherhood as such, but against the continuation of the policies that marked the Mubarak era. Without radical change, these policies will carry on under the next president – be he army-appointed or otherwise. But the people want to get rid of Morsi first and deal with the rest later.
Could we have waited for parliamentary elections and used the dismal performance of the presidency over the last year to vote the Brotherhood out of office? It is accused of fixing the electoral districts in a way that privileges the party. We now know that a large proportion of the judiciary (who will oversee elections) are Brotherhood supporters. And in the tug of war between the presidency and the constitutional court over the election law, no one is sure how often the elections will be postponed.
Likewise for sure the MB have a lot to answer for, including trying to co-opt rather than confront the deep state.
But that rather pales into insignificance besides the betrayal of democracy to the generals and interior ministry by those like Ahdaf who, despite all the hand wringing, when push came to shove on July 1st were writing, as per the above, that all in all the coup was for the best....