A scorched earth policy is a military strategy that involves “burning” anything that might be useful to the “enemy” while advancing through or withdrawing from an area.
Scenes of Cairo on fire after one of its own sons set the fire are painful to observe.Abdel Latif el-Menawy
Brotherhood supporters adopted the “scorched earth policy” as a basis for the organized terrorist operations they carried out for days. These operations included burning institutions and private and public property in a manner that reflects a state on fire and that displays lack of carelessness in property and lives. It was a clear message to anyone who opposes the Brotherhood's path. Raiding, destroying and looting public institutions is the second form of violence practiced by the Brotherhood against the state and its citizens. Blocking major roads to obstruct traffic was the third strategy.