Death, Blood and Chaos in Egypt
Death tolls are rising, thousands injured are bleeding as chaos ensues the military-backed Egyptian government's assault on pro-Morsy camps around Cairo. Live footage of Cairo this morning depicts thick dark plumes of smoke rising from Nahda Square the center of the smaller sit-in. The deadly military assault has since moved to the larger protest site at Rabaa al-Adawiya Square. Many protesters have died and while numbers range from 36 to 600, the larger number being reported by a Muslim Brotherhood official outside of Cairo in a report to the BBC. Whatever the figures, people are dying in the streets of Cairo for the ideals of democracy. For the latest on the on-going event, it's easy to refer to CNN, but let's look at the tomorrows beyond this skull-cracking operation by the Egyptian military.
What could global supporters and advocates of democracy say to an Egyptian high school senior and to a university sophomore to prevent him/her from now entering a terrorist camp? How do we convince the unemployed youth of Cairo that democracy works? How do we bring logic to the madness that continues to transpire in Egypt? How do we explain this Egyptian path to democracy - an election, an ouster, a military crack down, deaths, injuries, military rule and a promise of another election in 90-days? Is this the Middle Eastern model to democracy?
Earlier this morning, I heard an Egyptian analyst on the BBC-live telecast of the military assault in Cairo remark: "Egypt is an important country in the Middle East" and whatever happens there will likely happen in the rest of the Middle East. My God, I hope that analyst is so wrong! We will pray for Egypt.