In the early afternoon on Wednesday, as deadly clashes in Egypt drew into their seventh hour, I found myself sitting with three of my colleagues in an apartment overlooking the southern entrance to Rabaa al-Adawiya, in Cairo’s middle-class Nasr City neighborhood. In recent weeks, it had been the site of a sit-in protesting the removal of President Mohamed Morsi, a Brotherhood politician, from the Presidency in early July. On Wednesday, the area looked like a war zone. To our left, we could see two dozen armor-clad policemen, dressed entirely in black, standing in formation near what had once been a
A true liberal in today´s sense. If this had been reversed and the Muslim Brotherhood was cracking down on dissidents it would be called a return to normalcy, the duly elected officials trying to restore peace and the evil protesters getting what they deserved. The Muslim Brotherhood needs to be cleansed from Egypt and it looks as if the government is trying.
It´s rather pathetic that the military is called out for violent action against a unruly and intransigent faction. But that faction´s own violent actions are ignored.
This is a war. We have seen it played out numerous times in numerous countries in the Middle East. Islamists push to take over and they succeed or a heavy handed dictatorial ruler comes forward to throw them down and hold them in check. There does not seem to be any middle ground. Even in the Egypt that was, the Islamists were being held in check by the government, although it was being done in lower public profile than in some countries.
So which side do you root for? The Islamists who call for world jihad or the dictators that, for the most part, seem content to rule their own little country and leave the rest of the world in peace.
Unfortunately, I have to hold my nose and hope a dictator rises to restore order. I pray there was another choice but in the Arab world there does not seem to be one.
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