Last night’s events in Cairo were extremely tragic and disheartening. A peaceful Coptic protest in Maspero was attacked by the army, who then proceeded to claim that they were attacked by the Copts. As the army ran over people with tanks and shot people with live ammunition, the events escalated and soon some fundamentalist Muslims joined and began randomly attacking Copts. By the end of the night, more than 18 people were dead and 150 injured. There were rumors that the Coptic hospital was being attacked as well. The army imposed a 2-6 am curfew and the next day everyone woke up to a very tense Cairo.
Of course much of the media and many people on Twitter began to talk about the “sectarian problem” in Egypt and how this was Muslims attacking Copts. While there were groups of Muslims that attacked Copts, this is not the whole story. What it seems like is that SCAF masterminded yet another confrontation by playing on sectarian tension, a card often used by Mubarak. I guess SCAF thought they would come out looking clean again, but this time is went too far. It is pretty obvious that the army (not even the police) attacked the Copts and then tried to make it look like the Copts attacked them or that it was Muslims and Copts fighting each other.
I think it is interesting to see SCAF digging its own grave. Mistake after mistake have convinced more and more Egyptians that SCAF IS the counter-revolution and that a transition needs to happen asap. But will a transition happen without a bloody second revolution? Will killing the system off completely require a lot of death and bloodshed? Att his point it is clear that the heads of the military, the Ministry of Interior, and the police generals needs to be gotten rid of. Only then can we speak of a transition.