Skip to comments.Egypt's Military Uses Force
Posted on 02/27/2011 11:26:43 AM PST by Nachum
After joyously toppling a dictator, protesters trusted the army to hold power until electionsbut a vicious show of force this week has soured their faith. Ursula Lindsey reports from Cairo.
The warm relations between Egyptians protesters and their army are over. Military police and, reportedly, masked special forces violently broke up protests in downtown Cairo late Friday night. The attackand ongoing reports of "disappearances" and abusehas soured the once hopeful relations between the military and pro-democracy forces here.
The film director Ahmad Abdalla was in a group of several hundred protesters standing and chanting in front of the Egyptian parliament late Friday night. Military officers told the group it had to leave. "But we said no, we are here protesting peacefully," says Abdalla. Then, sometime after 2 a.m., "out of the blue they came, pushing us with machine guns. And they were shocking people with tasers. We started running and they kept running after us. Many people were kidnapped and beaten."
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Be careful what you wish for...
This story does not appear to be over by a long shot. Unfortunately, its difficult to predict any happy endings.
Could anyone act shocked?
|Thoughts for the day
The Daily Beast, liberal right? If so the comment section should be interesting read.
Ambivalent about this. Looks like the Muslim Brotherhood aren’t going to find it as easy to take over Eygpt as they might have thought.
The protesters in Egypt are about to find out what “useful Idiot” means. The second casualty in any cultural revolution are the protagonists themselves.
Quelle surprise. Lie down with a dog, get up with fleas.
Well I know one country the MB took over in late 2008. Thanks to drooling idiots who watch TV.
The Egyptian Army was pretty fair during the protests. I think their army may try to keep Egypt from turning into Iran.
No compromise, no bi-partisanship, no hands across the aisle.
We take it back or give it away.
Good. I was afraid that the military were showing weakness, which would lead to a Muslim Brotherhood takeover. Maybe they just decided to hold off for a while, instead of breaking up the protestors right away, as many expected them to do.
If the Muslim radicals take over, the military families who have run the country for decades will be deposed, and many of them executed. That’s what happened in Iran, and has also happened to a degree in Turkey after the Muslims took power there.
If the military kill a few thousand rioters and provocateurs, that will be far fewer than those who will die if the extremists take over. Again, Iran is a pretty good lesson. Or almost any of the Communist nations.
Instead of thousands of dead, of the MB takes over, there will be millions. And that’s even before the wars start.
Just in case you were getting nostalgic for Cairo, ping!
It’s sad, but I do have to chuckle at this!
I wonder how all of the wonderkid bloggers, Facebook jockeys and Tweeters that the MSM keeps highlighting are going to stop a bullet with 180 characters or less?
Toppling an 80 year old dictator is easy, and may have come across as fun to them.
Fun time is apparently over.
The clock strikes midnight for the cinderella revolution. What a surprise? /sarc
I was thinking the opposite. The Iranian military of 1979 let the Shah down, and their senior leaders paid a heavy price for it when Khomeini and the mullahs got control. I don't think the Egyptian military was ever going to let things get that far out of control. They wanted Mubarak & his family out. So did the demonstrators. Once this was accomplished the military was bound to turn on the demonstrators.
Do we know if the military, or parts of it, are not with the Muslim Brotherhood?
Are we sure who is with who in Egypt? Remeber, Iran just went through the Suez Canal. Would the military have allowed that?
Answer to first question is No.
Answer to second question No.
Answer to third question .. maybe
Hold on to your seat, this is far from over.
Thanks, I think, or could I revise that to Thanks ... maybe.
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