Egypt Declares National Emergency After Scores Killed In Bloody Clashes
State of emergency with martial law and curfew return to Egypt. The people who filled Tahrir Square two years ago calling for democracy and the removal of Mubarak, and in July filled the square calling for the removal of Morsi, must now realise that the military never really went away and that the "generals" had no intention of supporting or allowing a democratic Egypt. The shadow of Mubarak as the puppet front man has been replaced by the shadow of Mansour and in place of SCAF, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and the junta are again in charge of the country. Any dream or aspirations that people may have had for democracy in Egypt were shaken on the 8th July near the Republican Guard compound with the attack on protesters at morning prayers, and completely destroyed in the barbaric events of the last 36 hours.
In actions so reminiscent of coup de tat in other parts of the world, the police and military, after a period of apparent inactivity, attack unarmed protestors with tear gas, automatic weapons, snipers and armoured cars killing men women and children indiscriminately. In Cairo, even "field hospitals" set up by the protesters were destroyed by military units and burned along with those people still inside the tents. More than 250 people have been slaughtered and more will be killed over the coming days and weeks or even months. The spiral of increasing violence by the junta will be met with increasing resistance by the Egyptian people as they come to realise that their "revolution" for democracy has been betrayed and that the evils of the "Mubarak people" and military dictatorship have returned with a vengeance.
In the meantime, the "international community" does what it always does. Empty rhetoric calling on the parties "to exercise restraint" and "condemning the violence" does little to effect events on the ground. The economic isolation of the junta may have some sobering effect on the minds of the junta, but America and other western powers are unlikely to stop military support and aid (which goes into the pockets of the military in any case) to the tune of $billions from flowing to their second closest ally in the region. The military dictatorship is allowed to continue its murderous suppression of any opposition in the knowledge that any criticism from outside the Egyptian borders will be limited to words and gestures with no real teeth.
The ordinary people of Egypt are faced with stark choices. They can either succumb to the excesses and control of the military and its puppet government or resist. The great danger and from recent events, the most likely scenario, is that Egypt will go the way of Syria and descend into civil war.