Egypt continues to fall apart

This really is not good:

The Egyptian authorities unleashed a ferocious attack on Islamist protesters early Saturday, killing at least 72 people in the second mass killing of demonstrators in three weeks and the deadliest attack by the security services since Egypt’s uprising in early 2011.

The attack provided further evidence that Egypt’s security establishment was reasserting its dominance after President Mohammed Morsi’s ouster three weeks ago, and widening its crackdown on his Islamist allies in the Muslim Brotherhood. The tactics — many victims were killed with gunshot wounds to the head or the chest — suggested that Egypt’s security services felt no need to show any restraint.

Whatever you think of the Muslim Brotherhood, they won the democratic elections last year and deserve to be part of the process. On the other hand, this is another example showing how smart the founders of the US were when they kept religion out of the government–it’s a volatile mix. I am also very much against what seems to be the attempt by the Egyptian military to get back the power they lost in the revolution by bringing back the security state:

Ibrahim, the interior minister, raised the prospect of a new threat to the Brotherhood, saying Saturday that he was reconstituting a state security agency that under Mubarak was responsible for monitoring Islamists and known for carrying out torture and forced disappearances. Without security agencies that have a political focus, Ibrahim said, “the security of the country doesn’t work.”

and blatant lies such as:

In a televised news conference hours after the clash, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim absolved his men of any responsibility. His officers, he said, “have never and will never shoot a bullet on any Egyptian.”

and:

Judicial authorities told independent newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm on Saturday that they were investigating jailed Muslim Brotherhood leaders in connection with the overnight violence, alleging that the group had hired snipers to shoot its own followers.

For a democracy to work, people who differ need to be able to work through the government to settle the issue. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that this will happen in Egypt.

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