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Few will miss Morsi, but now what?

There is much uncertainty about what just happened in Egypt and what happens now, with Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie declaring Friday that Egyptians will not accept military rule and pledging to defend ousted President Mohammed Morsi. But most global pundits aren't thinking about a Morsi comeback. "There are so many good reasons to be happy and grateful for the latest turn of events in Cairo," wrote Bloomberg's Jeffrey Goldberg, noting how women and Christians were suffering under the Brotherhood. And if the military had not intervened, he wrote, "the Muslim Brotherhood may have tried, over time, to make sure that Egypt's first free and fair election was also its last." Goldberg concluded: "Egyptians have suffered enough from everything already. The hope, as outlandish as it sounds, is that this coup finally sets their country on a different trajectory." The Guardian's Simon Jenkins wrote: "Egypt is not Les Miserables." Egyptians deserve to be left in peace and spared further lectures from the West, he said. "It may be ironic that Cairo protesters should demand their army save them from the same politician who so recently saved them from the army. But it is an Egyptian irony, for Egyptians to resolve."