Muslim Brotherhood extremist leaders in Egypt wish for what the army has threatened. They want their protests to be dispersed by force in order to turn the incident into an international affair and publicize long, lamenting funerals. Their decision to involve women and children - who now make up half the protesters - does not only protect male protestors but also serves their image in the media because it makes them innocent victims worthy of sympathy.
Leaving Rabia al-Aadawiya protests alone, being patient with the Brotherhood’s statements and harm and shifting its attention towards the people’s real causes is the course the regime should take.Abdulrahman al-Rashed
The Egyptian authorities have helped them in two ways. The first was by threatening them to end the sit-ins by force. This announcement has mobilized media outlets from across the globe as they wait to broadcast the clashes live. The second was that the cabinet kept the Brotherhood’s cause alive by talking about them and their protests. It forgot its plan for the future, the constitution and the elections. It forgot to talk about the rest of the 90 million Egyptians.