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What's missing from your understandably US-centric analysis is any explanation of MB's social implantation.

Dramatically, the political debate in Egypt has not developed beyond where it was in the 1920s. The gap between the MB and the secularists, and the hate and intransigeance on both sides, is a constant. Mubarak tacitly tolerated the MB on condition that they stayed out of politics; they were allowed to take on a social role, organising charity and funnelling oil money to the needy. A huge strategic mistake, no doubt. So the poorest and most ignorant strata of Egyptian society cling to religion and the MB.

But the extreme violence of the Army's crackdown is sickening. The fact that they are no doubt supported by a majority of Egyptians is no excuse for starting a civil war.

Both sides are inexcusably stupid, it's hard to see positive outcomes.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Sun Aug 18th, 2013 at 12:35:16 PM EST

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