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August 14, 2013 - 11:44 am

It’s a good old-fashioned bloodbath perpetrated by a government under the control of the military. More than 150 people have been slaughtered at two protest camps — a number that almost certainly undercounts the dead by a considerable margin.

How do we know? This is how the police say “good morning” in Egypt these days:

Black-clad riot police and plainclothes men in flak jackets moved into the camps at about 7 a.m., confronting protesters with a barrage of tear gas, and then gunfire, as armored vehicles plowed through tents.

Plumes of black smoke rose from the Rabaa al-Adawiya encampment, and the sting of tear gas filled the side streets around the sit-in, where security force opened fire on civilian spectators. Some of the security forces moved through the streets carrying assault rifles and wearing black face masks to conceal their identities. A police officer ordered journalists to leave the area or be shot.

Can you imagine if Mubarak had used these tactics? He might still be in power if he had.

Bulldozers running over tents, snipers firing from rooftops, security forces firing into crowds — and then there’s this:

“At 7 a.m. they came. Helicopters from the top and bulldozers from below. They smashed through our walls. Police and soldiers, they fired tear gas at children,” Saleh Abdulaziz, a 39-year-old teacher, told Reuters.”They continued to fire at protesters even when we begged them to stop.”

A Reuters correspondent said pools of blood were everywhere, with dozens of people lying in the street after suffering bullet and birdshot wounds.

The smaller of the two camps was cleared of protesters by late morning, with most of them taking refuge in the nearby Orman botanical gardens, inside the sprawling campus of Cairo University and the zoo.

An Associated Press reporter at the scene said security forces were chasing the protesters inside the zoo. At one point, a dozen protesters, mostly men with beards wearing traditional Islamist garb, were seen handcuffed and sitting on a sidewalk under guard outside the university campus. The private ONTV network showed firearms and rounds of ammunition allegedly seized from protesters there.

Security forces later stormed the larger camp in the eastern Cairo district of Nasr City.

An Associated Press television video journalist there said he could hear the screams of women as a cloud of white smoke hung over the protest encampment. He said a bulldozer was removing mounds of sand bags and brick walls built earlier by the protesters as a defense line in their camp.

Mewanwhile, the most internationally prominent member of the government, Vice President Mohammed ElBaradei, has resigned:

Mohamed ElBaradei, the No. 2 man in Egypt’s embattled interim government, abruptly resigned Wednesday in an apparent split with the nation’s leader, as fighting intensified between security forces and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood.

In a resignation letter sent to Interim President Adly Mansour as the day’s death toll from clashes throughout Egypt mounted, ElBaradei cited “decisions I do not agree with” regarding the government’s crackdown on the political turmoil which began on July 3 with the ouster of former President Mohammed Morsi, Reuters reports.

“It has become difficult for me to continue bearing responsibility for decisions that I do not agree with and whose consequences I fear,” ElBaradei wrote. “I cannot bear the responsibility for one drop of blood.”

ElBaradei would never have been able to show his face at a UN cocktail party again unless he had stepped down and disassociated himself from the carnage.

No doubt the Obama administration will pretend that nothing is amiss and aid to the military in Egypt will continue. Good thing because at the rate they’re expending bullets, they’re going to need a resupply soon.

Yes, Islamists are bad, bad people and the Muslim Brotherhood are the worst of them. We don’t want them in power. We don’t want them spreading their poisonous ideology. But guess what? The Islamists won 70% of the seats in the Egyptian parliament in an election last year. This isn’t some fringe opposition group they’re trying to suppress. The Egyptian people may be mad at the way that Morsi incompetently dealt with the economy and tried to suppress the opposition himself, but if the election were held tomorrow, Islamists would almost certainly receive a majority of the vote.

I’m just cynical enough to think it’s a good thing they’re out of power, but firing live bullets into a crowd? Tear gassing women and children?

Egypt’s travails are just beginning.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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I have always argued that there is nothing wrong with Islam that mass famine cannot cure. And as far as the religion's gloating over slaughtering the infidels and hate-contorted faces endlessly screaming for terror and Jihad.....that can be cured the way Egypt is curing it today.

As long as the bloodshed can be limited by the country's borders, we are duty and moral-bound to arm BOTH sides of any civil conflict in any muslim country.
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I'm glad the Egyptian military isn't whitewashing this situation. I really prefer when the Muslim Brotherhood is red-washed in their own blood. The MB has killed so many innocent people. It's time they meet their maker and it isn't allah.
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I mourn for the casualties of the MB (not). Be outraged, support the bizarre-o Admin's severing of support of the new regime, etc. They are spinning on a dime and seeking support in other places - Saudi Arabia, Russia. Al-Sisi refused to take Obama's call in which Obie was doubtless going to order the general to step in. He won't be 'doing a Mubarak' to please those outside Egypt.
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or 'step down.' Obama said 'traditional relations are done' or somesuch no doubt in part because al-Sisi refused to speak to him. I half-wish Netanyahu would do the same.
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Hmmm ... I notice that there is no mention in Rick Moran's piece about the three or four dozen Egyptian cops being killed over the course of these events, or about the "non-violent" Egyptian Brotherhood's burning of Coptic churches. I guess that would spoil the leftist narrative.
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The MB , al Qaida and Sinai bedouin are in deep excrement. After all the Egyptian army knows how to make people disappear and has used Mustard gas on enemy arabs before.want to bet that soon dispatches from Egypt willbe coming through 'our correspondant in Jerusalem'. Much safer to be a war correspondant in Israel than in an actual warzone.

Pity latma.co.il is off air. i would love to hear Egypt's Minister of conspiracies or the Palestian minister of uncontrollable rage's take on all this
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Face it. The awkward inhabitants of the Middle-East's largest population pen don't do well under ideal democratic conditions - proven by Egypt's generally passive history under strong man rules from Nasser through Mubaric. Once the fanatics get in control of anything, it usually goes straight to hell. Which it is doing as I speak.

Evidence the US of A under the phony leftist Barack Hussein Mohammed Obama - a committed ding-a-ling, as loopy as Morsi, but as of yet not possessing the cajones to stage the take-over he really desires. As far as I can tell, the US of A always does poorly under the thumb of a basically gutless liberal, and once poorly enough, the boys in the band like to see the big cheese bumped off or bumped out.

Egypt is going to have to settle back to the good old days with a strongman ex-general running the show and being very, very dangerous to anyone who threatens the general peace and/or anyone who competes with the ex-general for what's there for the taking.
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"German Security Forces Crack Down on pro-Hitler protests."

This is what is really going on over there. I support the Egyptian military in their attempt to honor and defend their Constitution, which requires respect for everybody's Civil Rights. The Muslim Brotherhood tried to dismantle these Constitutional protections, much like how Hitler dismantled the German Republics Constitution. The Egyptian Army very well may be preventing another Islamic mini-Hitler from coming to power.

Time for the Muslim Brotherhood to go.

The Islamists are no better than the Nazis. The Baath Party of Iraq and Syria is modeled on the German Nazi Party. The crack down is a support of Democracy being attacked by Islamists who are trying to use an election to steal power and enforce sharia. Its good to see the Egyptian Army's commitment to defending their laws and Constitution.
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Exactly. The Muslim Brotherhood is an enemy of the USA and of American Christians in particular.

Slaughter them all.

Did anyone GAS what the Red Army may have done when it beat the Wehrmacht back to Berlin?

Nope.
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