The Muslim Brotherhood and its radical allies are now considering whether to fully mobilize their adherents for “processions” and counter-demonstrations. This would take Egypt to the brink of a violent and prolonged escalation with incalculable consequences.
With tensions high, at least seven people were killed in three separate clashes between Morsi’s supporters and opponents in Cairo, according to hospital and security officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. The officials did not give more details. The violence raised the overall death toll to 23 since Sunday when a mass protest was held to mark the anniversary of Morsi’s inauguration.
It would appear that not everyone is happy with the Moslem Brotherhood and the implementation of Sharia law, that Morsi and his regime are forcing down the throats of the Egyptian people. It also seems the Moslem Brotherhood and Morsi are not going to go skipping into the sunset quietly, thus there is a possibility of a civil war, like the one we are seeing in Syria.
The Political landscape in the Middle East continues to be altered drastically, as the “bulldozers” of the Arab Spring carve new and unprecedented gouges, in what was once familiar terrain. There is no blueprint for this alteration and no one knows where it will lead. Take a look at the picture above. These folks are not part of the army, they are not part of the Moslem Brotherhood and yet, they are armed with automatic weapons.
I believe the people in Egypt want some form of democracy, however as I have mentioned before, there is no springboard to Jeffersonian democracy from Islam and that is the underlying problem in the Middle East. As long as women are treated as second class citizens and religious minorities are openly discriminated against there will never be a culture in which all people can thrive. There needs to be an Islamic reformation, but who is bold enough to lead it? Morsi and the Brotherhood want a Sharia/Islamic state, but they are opposed by people who long for real freedom, but are not sure how to go about getting it, thus they take up arms and are wiling to fight for an ideal which at the moment, is undefined.
In closing todays post: The Egyptian people are at a crossroads and anything is possible. Today is the deadline set by the army and we will see how Morsi and the Brotherhood responds. The death toll continues to rise, the people are armed, the army poised to take control and Morsi and the Brotherhood are defiant, and thus, I believe the stage is set for perhaps a full-blown civil war.