Jackson Diehl in The Washington Post on Egypt's teetering democracy The "people-power-backed military coup" in Egypt is troubling in the short term — "armed forces aren't good at convening roundtables or implementing liberal platforms; they are good at using force" — and doesn't bode well for the country's newly installed leadership, Jackson Diehl argues: "Once in office, new governments made up almost entirely of novice officials frequently overreach." (As expected, Adly Masour dissolved Egypt's interim parliament on Friday.) Diehl looks to Venezuela, Thailand, and Venezuela, expecting "the same results." Michael Rubin at Commentary agrees that "none of the instances in which mobs have cheered coups have actually resulted in liberal democracy." Mike Madden at Washington City Paper questions that Diehl "seems to say the 1973 coup against Salvador Allende in Chile was justified."
Timothy Egan in The New York Times on what the Granite Moutnain Hotshots died for The 19 dead Arizona firefighters risked their lives not to save people so much as while "protecting property, kitchen views, [and] dreams cast in stucco and timber," Timothy Egan writes. "[T]hese homeowners should not expect good people to die protecting those houses. And so in Arizona this week, among the grieving, we heard variations of a theme that always comes up after these tragedies: a structure is replaceable, a life is not." Frank Rich of New York tweets that Egan "asks questions few have," while Chris Mooney at Mother Jones asks another one: "The other new risk to firefighters? Simply that they're tangling with a different beast than they may be used to," he writes. "But we can't ignore the climate factor." A memorial service is planned for Tuesday.