Given all of this, one can understand the fear of Tariq al-Homayed, a courageous liberal and editor of London-based, Saudi-owned newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat, who writes (MEMRI translation):
Anyone who feels optimistic… and thinks we are watching a movie that is sure to have a happy ending, is mistaken. … Some might claim that the military will be Egypt’s guarantee, along with the country’s strong judiciary. This is true, but we must remember that Egypt’s president is now from the Muslim Brotherhood; in other words, the Muslim Brotherhood is ruling the country.
Anyone who says that the Muslim Brotherhood is the reality, so we must deal with it and not criticize it, and other such talk, is mistaken [Note: A probable reference to U.S. policy -- BR]. … It is always permissible [to criticize them]. … The current political coup by the Islamists is no less dangerous than a military coup.
While in theory waiting and insisting that the Brotherhood prove to be moderate, in effect Western policy has already concluded that the Brotherhood is okay and prefers it to the Egyptian military. That also tilts the scales toward Brotherhood rule. And the Brotherhood also has enthusiastic support from the al-Jazeera network.