All of us have been able to monitor the tension and bloody violence in Cairo, as the Egyptian military clashes with extremist Muslim Brotherhood supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. The military moved last week on what were the Brotherhood’s semi-permanent protest encampments, and more than 600 were killed.
But as noted Friday by The Augusta Chronicle’s Meg Mirshak, Augustans from Egypt obviously have a much keener interest and personal stake in the goings-on than most of us. They worry about friends and family, they fret over the future and they mourn their dead and all the damage this is doing to Egypt’s embryonic attempt at democracy.
For a region that is essentially the cradle of civilization, it’s an ironic state of affairs — not just in Egypt but in Syria and elsewhere in the Mideast. Across much of the Mideast, upheaval and uncertainty is a staple of life — largely because so is enmity and intolerance.
Famously engaged in an endless war against Israel, America, the West and other religions — Christian churches have been especially hard-hit in this latest Egyptian violence — radical Islam is also at war with the “rest” of Islam. After decades of coddling it and even putting it in power, Egyptians now find dealing with its ugliness unavoidable.
We deplore that the military stooped to the radicals’ level last week.
The massacre in Cairo leaves little room for any “good guys.”
We hope, for our friends’ sake as well as the world’s, that Egypt can resist descending into further bloodshed and even civil war. But we also hope this sad conflagration awakens the sleeping giant of moderate Islam to the evil depths of the depravity in its midst.
It’s hard to see how this ends well.
And it’s distressing to think of how our Egyptian expatriates must be suffering.