Egypt continues to unravel and the latest news Monday is that 50 people have been shot dead in an incident involving the Egyptian army. All are believed to be Muslim supporters.
According to the Muslim Brotherhood those killed were taking part in a sit-in at the Presidential Guard barracks when they were shot and killed. The army must have learned its tactics from the west as it claimed that a "terrorist" organisation tried to storm the barrack walls causing them to open fire. In the west anything goes, including spying on its citizens, all in the name of stopping the big "T" terrorism.
The American administration must now accept some responsibility for the mess which is Egypt and acknowledge that it has blood on its hands, as it funds the Egyptian army to a great extent. It is no good President Obama in Washington condemning the violence unless his words have some backbone.
Elected President Morsi was ousted by the army last Wednesday and Egypt has gone into free-fall. Killing and violence followed. Morsi may have been an inept President but now that the army has removed any vestige of democracy from the country all out war could follow.
Following the murders early Monday the "hardline Salafist Nour party - which had supported Mr Morsi's removal - said it was withdrawing from talks to choose an interim prime minister, describing Monday morning's incident as a "massacre"." The BBC report continues:
The Muslim Brotherhood, the movement Mr Morsi comes from, said the army raided the sit-in at about 04:00 (02:00 GMT) as many of the protesters were performing dawn prayers. "The protesters were taken unawares and the troops used live ammunition, bird shot and tear gas," protester Alaa el-Hadidi told the BBC.
Western interference played its part in Egypt's current crisis. Once again we are reminded that civil wars should be left that way unless they spiral out of control. Syria springs to mind as a country in question.
Of course the West and in particular the USA have their own agenda for keeping a hold in the Middle East. It is all about ensuring oil supplies get through to the west, Israel is protected, the Suez Canal remains open and more. It is rarely about the plight of the people although that and stopping terrorists may be the reasons given publicly.
Later Monday the death toll was revised up from its initial 34 to 50. Around 400 people were injured in the same incident and hospitals are struggling to cope. Footage has appeared from both sides. The army's footage appears to show an element throwing stones and indicates some shots were fired at the army. Footage shown by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood however appears to show the army using excessive force on a largely peaceful crowd of protesters.