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  •  Most of us understand what happened (0+ / 0-)

    That didn't make it preventable.

    The MB and other Islamists are not going to just melt away and focus on Mosque and home: they have an organizational advantage and they intend to use it. They are not into balancing interests: like our American Taliban, they probably feel compelled to impose their vision of Allah's  Kingdom on Earth on everyone, for their own good.

    I know from my experience (both here in DKos and ongoing community engagement) that not all religiously driven people are absolutists, but those who are relativists tend to defer to the strident until shit hits the fan. I sincerely hope that the Islamists are tempered in the coming "rebooting" of Egyptian governance transition, but I'm resigned to that tempering being imposed rather than rationally agreed to for the near term. It's my hope that the relativists are active in insisting on some rough pluralism even as their more strident brethren continue to resist anything less than the ideal Islamic state...whatever that is.

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 12:53:42 PM PDT

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    •  The point of my comment is more about (0+ / 0-)

      where do they go from here than it is about what happened.

      The leadership that understands that the root of the conflict rests in questions of freedom and opportunity rather than in religion (of whatever ilk) is the leadership that has a chance of thriving and pleasing the most people in the population.

      If the military takes Egypt towards freedom and opportunity, they will be viewed as heroes eventually as Ataturk was in Turkey.

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