"On Wednesday, thousands of Muslim Brotherhood thugs, armed with rifles, shotguns, knives, chains, bludgeons and remarkably, tear-gas were bussed into the vicinity of the presidential palace to attack the few hundred peaceful protesters that had staged a symbolic sit-in before the palace following Tuesday march.
As the footage and testimonies of protesters, bystanders and journalists kept coming onto the airwaves and the social media, we seemed to have been hurled back in time and space, to the rise of Nazism in Germany, Fascism in Italy, Francism in Spain.
The mutation of the Muslim Brotherhood into its ugliest caricature: a gang of fascist thugs was complete.
They shall not pass!" Ahram on line.
"No pasaran!" This kind of language is so directly evocative of the Spanish Civil War with its bloody trail of battles, foreign interventions and massacres of civilians that we should hesitate to use such speech.
In those days the revolutionaries fighting and killing under the republican flag decorated whole streets in many cities and towns with the corpses of priests and nuns hanging from lamp posts.
Is that where Egypt is going? Is this the fruit of the Arab Spring?
Chuck Todd, who leaves little doubt of the depth of his feelings for Israel, today on "Morning Joe" chided a Republican congressman from Florida for sponsoring a bill to withdraw foreign aid from Egypt. The congressman's agenda was altogether about a sense of betrayal over the received wisdom involving the Jeffersonian transformation of Egypt and Mursi's supposed betrayal of the ideals of the revolution. IMO Mursi never believed in that idea system and always saw the revolution as a vehicle to be used to trick the West and establish an Islamist state. The congressman is a fool. Nevertheless, Todd's reaction was intense and completely centered on adverse effects that a withdrawal of US sid to Egypt might have on Israel, nothing else, just that. pl