Bury the rag deep in your face
For now's the time for your tears.
The brutal suppression by the forces of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the un-elected junta that rules Egypt, of the pro-democracy forces in Tahrir Square has taken a severe turn for the worse this weekend, to the relative lack of interest from the so-called international community and the mainstream media of liberal democracies. Michael Collins Dunn of the Middle East Institute has been reporting on it
. The video he posted on Saturday
is almost unwatchable for the vicousness of the military police beating civilian protestors. Those of you who pray, pray for Egypt now.
This miserable so-called "revolution" has already produced similar or worse levels of violence, from either side. Remember Lara Logan, Dina Amer, the Israeli Embassy...
I'm sick of these mobs and their primitive hatreds and incontinent violence.
For example, the brutality of a mass of heavily armed and armoured men against un-armed non-violent male and female civilian protestors, is morally different from the violence of a civilian mob.
I also don't think it is right to talk about "either side" as if there are two sides, the revolution and the state. There are several sides: the revolution against Mubarak's state included people whose interests were utterly at odds with each other, while the army remained neutral. After Mubarek fell (or the army pushed him), the fault-line between Salafists and democrats is as important as the fault-line between the army and the revolution.
Finally, the apparent relative peace of the absence of revolution masked an everyday reality of hidden state brutality in Egypt, with security forces routinely killing and beating criminals and protestors with utter impunity, a situation that continued under SCAF during the period when the revolution went into remission.