Two times food for thought:
Wendel Steavenson in The New Yorker:
Fifty-one dead at dawn. A doctor who said he preferred not to give his name lives in an apartment building that overlooks the Republican Guard barracks in
Cairo. He told me he woke for the dawn prayer before 4 A.M. Shortly afterward, he heard gunfire and went onto his neighbor’s balcony for a better view.
“I saw that the Army retreated about ten metres and began to fire
tear-gas cannisters, about ten or fifteen of them,” he said. “I couldn’t
see if the other side [the protesters] was shooting, but I heard people
through megaphones encouraging jihad. Then I saw four to six
motorcycles coming from the direction of the Rabaa intersection to the
Republican Guard barracks. Some people were still praying, some were
not, because the dawn prayer had finished by then. The men on the
motorcycles were all masked, and it was hard to see them through the
dark and the tear-gas smoke, but they seemed to be shooting, they were
coming from behind the protesters, so they were shooting toward the
protesters and the Army. Then the Army started firing. And the
protestors were firing. I saw firing from both sides.” As for details,
though—what they were firing, whether it was one or two protesters or
something more organized—he said that it was dark and that he couldn’t exactly tell.
Sarah Carr on Mada Masr:
So my position on events pre-June 30 has not been changed by events
since: The Muslim Brotherhood should have been left to fail as they had
not (yet) committed an act justifying Morsi’s removal by the military.
The price Egypt has paid and will pay for the consequences of this
decision are too high. It has created a generation of Islamists who
genuinely believe that democracy does not include them. The post-June 30
fallout reaffirms this belief, especially with Islamist channels and
newspapers closed down, as well as leaders detained and held
incommunicado, apparently pursuant to an executive decision. For 30
years, Mubarak told them that due process is not for them, and a popular
revolution is confirming that. It is Egyptian society that will pay the
price of the grievances this causes, and the fact that, with a silenced
media and no coverage from independent outlets, they have been left
with virtually no channels to get their voice heard.