Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Be careful what you wish for

Last week, protesters in Egypt demanded the overthrow of that country's democratically elected government and its replacement by an unelected military regime. They got what they asked for. And now, they've got what comes with it: military mass-murder:

At least 42 people have been shot dead near a military barracks in Cairo, amid ongoing unrest following the removal of Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi.

The Muslim Brotherhood says its members were staging a pro-Morsi sit-in at the barracks, where he is believed to be in detention, when they were fired on.

But the army said a "terrorist group" had tried to storm the barracks.

The death-toll is now reportedly over 50. Meanwhile the military regime has now announced a process for constitutional amendments and elections, naturally with the former preceding the latter so the decisions are made by an unelected rather than an elected government. And of course the timeline leaves the military plenty of time to change their mind if they decide they actually don't want elections. Rather than defending their revolution, those protesters may instead have signed its death warrant.