|Arab Spring Brings Arab Chaos|
|by Tom McGregor||Fri, Feb 3, 2012, 12:40 AM|
Last year, President Barack Obama hailed the Arab Spring as new era of so-called peace. He praised the revolutionary movement as a transition from corrupt Arabic governments to an age of freedom and openness. Apparently, his idealism is proving to be disastrous, since violence has become so widespread in Egypt.
According to the Asia Times, "many things that are hard to believe – or explain – happen in Egypt; unfortunately it all looks more like a spiraling nightmare then a fairy tale in the last year or so. The latest violence on Wednesday, which resulted in at least 74 dead and over 1,000, and which the New York Times described as 'the deadliest soccer riot in more than 15 years,' is a fitting example of that."
On Tuesday, the catastrophe occurred in the wake of another massive brawl between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and members of the secular opposition. The Muslim Brotherhood tried to halt the opposition's demonstration against the military government of Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.
As reported by the Asia Times, "both events coincided almost perfectly with the anniversary of another odd episode of recent Egyptian history, the February 2, 2011 attack against the opposition in Tahrir Square by supporters of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on horses and camels. The timing, whether a coincidence or not, is unlikely to be that important, but all three events emphasize the unpredictability of the domestic currents in Egypt, and raise suspicions of an invisible hand trying to stir those currents, with a varying success rate."
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