Egypt will Get Worse Before Better
By Micah Halpern
Friday August 16, 2013
I've Been Thinking:
Believe me when I tell you that the situation in Egypt is going to get worse before it gets better.
Morsi supporters and the Muslim Brotherhood have promised that blood will be spilled in the next few days. The statement comes in response to the decision by Egyptian police to clear out two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo. In the end over 600 people were killed. Included in that number are about 100 Egyptian police officers.
Morsi supporters also burned down three Cairo churches.
The United States was naive to have assumed that the Muslim Brotherhood would simply sit back quietly as they were removed from power. The Brotherhood waited 80 years before obtaining power and then, poof, on July 3rd it was wrestled from them. They are not going to accept that fate, certainly not without a dirty, violent, fight to the death.
Pro-Morsi protests are not calm and peaceful. Many attendees arrive armed with AK-47's. That is how the police were killed. Morsi devotees have a penchant for violence and are committed to attacking people who are different - especially Christians, and for destroying that which is not part of Islam, like Christian symbols.
This new interim government is not ideal, far from it, it is deeply flawed. But they are making some effort and last week the government passed a law saying that it is no longer illegal to criticize the president.
That should tell you something. In Egypt, that's progress.
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