While the world, including our own government, decries the Egyptian government’s efforts to clear two Muslim Brotherhood encampments in downtown Cairo, it’s important to keep a couple of things in mind, regardless of what we might think about that crackdown.
The violence, the bloodshed, is entirely on the hands of the Brotherhood. The police went in with water cannon and tear gas, and they were met with gunfire (including mortar rounds in other cities, as the Brotherhood’s decision to riot spread). They’re openly rioting, but they’re cynically not limiting themselves to opposition to the Egyptian police: they’re also butchering any Coptic Christians that they can reach (generally in southern Egypt, as the Christians have been hunted out in the north, by this gang and others), desecrating these Christian churches in the process. Never mind, just kill them all, seems to be the Brotherhood’s attitude.
The Brotherhood could have kept their protests peaceful. Think what a powerful statement that would have been in the face of the force—however gentle—the police would still have had to use to clear those encampments. Instead, the Brotherhood demanded violence, demanded to be killed in their protests so that they could be martyred.
This is a violent movement, bent on violent destruction of all who disagree with them.