Spontaneous Protests In Egypt
posted at 7:21 pm on December 5, 2012 by Duane Patterson
We began the Hugh Hewitt Show with a report from David Kirkpatrick, New York Times Cairo correspondent, who had this to say about his assessment of the streets of Cairo, especially outside the presidential palace, this evening:
DK: It’s ugly. It is really ugly. Tonight, we have seen for the first time since the beginning of the revolution, and I think perhaps for the first time since the revolution that brought Nasser to power in the early 1950s, open factional fighting, political factions fighting in the streets of the capitol around the presidential palace. Islamists armed with clubs and rocks and their fists, Molotov cocktails battling secular protestors similarly armed. I’ve never seen anything like it. I just emerged from the fighting right now, and I’m frankly sort of awestruck and depressed.
HH: Did you see anyone being seriously injured in the course of those conflicts, David Kirkpatrick? Or is it sort of the faux violence that we associate with some Western protests?
DK: No, no. I saw many people wounded, some with birdshot, some with rocks to the head, a steady stream of ambulances leaving. The Ministry of Health says more than 211 have been injured. Each side, the secular protest leaders and the Islamists say that one of theirs has been killed, but the Health Ministry hasn’t confirmed that, yet. So that’s speculative. And I’m almost, it would almost be irresponsible to report it, except that everyone here believes it. And so it’s become, this notion of martyrdom on either side, has become a part of the fight now.
Now this raises a few questions. Where in the world are the RPG’s? No mortar fire? Certainly, it cannot be argued that the response to a half-baked movie promo on You Tube is going to spark a more violent and murderous mob riot than the reaction to the hijacking of the democratic process and attempting to create an Iranian-style phraoahship on the Nile. Can it?