So far, the deepening divide in Egypt has consisted mostly of dueling protests. Millions poured into the streets this week in opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood and its man in the presidency, Mohamed Morsi. One of the waves of people was said to be the largest protest in human history, perhaps as many as 10 million people.
Now that the military has had its coup and put Morsi under arrest, the protests are coming from the Muslim Brotherhood, which demands the return of Morsi and the brotherhood’s brand of Islamist rule. Nope, says the military. The constitution is suspended and there will be an interim election until we can figure out a new course.
Will the protests erupt into violent encounters? Is Egypt on the brink of civil war? What would this mean for Islam and how would it affect events in the volatile Middle East? What does this mean for the United States? Which side should we back? What actions should we take?
All very good questions. But until the Obama administration adopts a foreign policy of “do nothing and say even less,” they will go unanswered.
This just in: The violence has started. The United States, it is reported, is “torn between support for protesters and a reluctance to endorse a military coup. Obama is “deeply concerned” about the situation. Well, that’s some reaction at least.