Egypt bans the Muslim Brotherhood
This includes seizing all their money and assets. Among other things, this is a humanitarian disaster: who do you think feeds many of the poor in Egypt? Who runs the clinics?
One of my friends worked in Egypt, for the Mubarak regime, for a while. He’s a man with a strong stomach, but they disgusted him. His most telling observation was this: “the middle class are all fat. Obese. Everyone else is skinny.”
I’ll be straightforward: the Muslim Brotherhood has the right to resist this violently. They’ll probably lose, but they won the election fairly and the results of a democratic election were thrown out by a military coup. You really can’t get any more legitimate reason to commit violence than that, except straight-up genocide. So I don’t want to hear hand-wringing when the bombs start going off: it is the logical consequence of what the military has done, which includes gunning down unarmed civilians in the street.
As for the “liberals” who supported the coup, they have disgraced themselves. If the Muslim Brotherhood or some much nastier successors do win, you can be sure liberals will have NO meaningful influence in Egypt’s government. Perhaps they had very little under the Brotherhood, and certainly the constitution was unfair, but this was a coup, and they supported it. It will not be forgotten, least of all because a lot of blood has been spilled and far more will be.
(Why did the Muslim Brotherhood win the election and not liberals? Because they had consistently opposed Mubarak and paid the price for it, and because they, not liberals, fed the poor and cared for the sick.)