• AFP PHOTO / HO / EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY
  • Mohamed Morsi

When David Brooks wrote the other day to defend the military coup in Egypt, something about his diagnosis of the deposed government of Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood sounded familiar.

“When you elect fanatics,” Brooks breezily opined, “you have not advanced democracy. You have empowered people who are going to wind up subverting democracy. The important thing is to get people like that out of power, even if it takes a coup.” The problem with radical Islamists, he went on, is that they’re “incapable of running a modern government. Many have absolutist, apocalyptic mind-sets.”

Like I said, this rang a bell.