As Egypt’s “War on Terror” began to take shape a few weeks ago, my thoughts drifted to a young Brazilian man called Jean Charles de Menezes and the choices that were made in the UK a few years ago. But I digress – let’s return to Egypt for now, and revert back to de Menezes shortly.
There are few in Egypt who can now stand on the moral high ground – we ought to encourage the growth of their ranks, rather than encouraging people to fail to stand for the best of what Egypt was, and what it could again be.H.A. Hellyer
The second group is composed of those who accept that there are criminal elements that use violence to the political end of reinstating Mursi and rolling back the military takeover. They do not excuse, deny or advocate such violence, on the contrary they insist on enforcing the law. If anything, their main critique is that the state itself is failing to enforce the law appropriately in some areas, which has led to violence against unarmed civilians in different parts of the country by pro-Mursi criminal elements. They’re not particularly thrilled with the conduct of the interim government in terms of security, particularly after the Rabaa al-Adawiya massacre, however they do not lay the blame completely on the government’s doorstep, instead describing the pro-Mursi camp as having some criminal elements.