While General Sisi & the Egyptian military must be held accountable for the incarceration, torture, & possible murder of Mohamed Morsi, there also must be an accounting of Morsi’s year as president. We can dispute just how democratic the 2012 election putting him in office was when it was organized by the same electoral apparatus as engineered the repeated elections of Mubarak & in fact of Sisi after he ousted Morsi. But the most important issue is how Morsi conducted himself in office while the military remained in control of government.

For most of his tenure, there were massive protests, continuations of the Arab Spring uprising, involving millions of Egyptians, demanding his removal from office for undemocratic policies, including the new constitution, flooding tunnels to Gaza with sewage, violence against & repression of protesters. In the days leading up to the military coup that ousted Morsi on July 3, 2013, there were protests estimated up to 30 million people demanding his ouster. That the military took advantage of that anger against his regime to oust him does not negate that Morsi was not as beloved a political leader as he is now eulogized.

The point of an accounting of Morsi’s tenure is not to denigrate him or justify the military persecution of him but to place the voices of the Egyptian people regarding him–the Egyptian Arab Spring–as central to the discussion.