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Al Jazeera might have been on firmer ground if the claim was this was a coup green-lit by the United States.

There is a silly semantic argument in the US whether or not it is a coup, since there are things written in US law that are supposed to be done to regimes that take power through a coup. Obviously it is a military action to overthrow one government and put another (in this case a temporary working arrangement) in its place, so its obviously a coup d'etat, or golpe de estado in the more common US second language. And just as obviously, the legally required responses to "a coup" are written with one overly-narrow stereotype of "what happens in a coup" in mind.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sat Jul 13th, 2013 at 08:52:19 PM EST
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