Egyptian Protesters Climb Army Tanks, Break Through to Morsi’s Palace Again

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Morsi may have agreed to postpone the referendum, but this compromise, like his previous offers of compromise is likely to be meaningless.

Obama called his BFF Morsi to urge all sides to refrain from violence. This was a mealy mouthed non-condemnation of Morsi’s violence that met with contempt from Egyptian protesters with signs such as these.

The irony is that the left claimed that America was hated because we supported dictators. Obama vowed to reverse that by ending the support for dictators. Now he’s back to supporting an Islamist dictator in a country where America’s approval ratings are down to the teens. This isn’t much of a moment of triumph for soft power or Islamist appeasement.

Meanwhile the protesters have once again broken through into the presidential palace, climbing over army tanks and even scrawling graffiti on them. One such tank was decorated with a simple message. “Down with Morsi”

Morsi’s position with the military is precarious. The military is not fond of the Brotherhood, but it is even less fond of the protesters. Mubarak did at least have military backing, Morsi is forced to rely on Muslim Brotherhood thugs, which is backfiring and will make it difficult for him to hold on to Western support. And some photos appear to show the Republican Guard sympathizing with protesters.

Morsi has the police and they appear to have cooperated in the torture of detained protesters, but the police were not enough to keep Mubarak in power.

But the Brotherhood is ramping up for murderous violence, using exactly the same rhetoric as their Hamas cousins in Gaza.

“Egypt is Islamic, it will not be secular, it will not be liberal,” the crowd chanted in a funeral procession filling streets around the mosque. During the funeral, thousands chanted, “With blood and soul, we redeem Islam,” pumping their fists in the air. Mourners yelled that opposition leaders were “murderers.”

“We march on this path in sacrifice for the nation and our martyrs,” a leading Brotherhood figure, Mohammed el-Beltagi, told the crowd. “We will keep going even if we all become martyrs. We will avenge them or die like them.

“Bread! Freedom! Islamic Law!” the crowd chanted, twisting the revolutionary slogan of “Bread! Freedom! Social Justice!” used by leftists and secular activists in the 2011 uprising against Mubarak.

The protesters are talking in terms of revolution, taking away the Jan 25 rhetoric that the Muslim Brotherhood used to own the revolution. That leaves them with little on the table except to openly call for martyrdom for Islamic law.

  • JacksonPearson

    It all sounds like Mohamed Hugo Chavez Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood bit off more than can chew. And of course, this chaos puts dead crow and mud all over the Obama administration Middle East foreign policy..

  • Arlie

    I feel so sorry for the protesters. The fought once for freedom and their signs tell it all. Western Media Report The Truth – STOP SUPPORTING FASCISM. Their only hope is that the Military will turn on Morsi and help them. Mosi's Islamist thugs will be brutal as dictators and their supporters are showing. God bless the ones who are brave enough to fight and speak out. More blood on 0's Administration, as if Benghazi and Gaza and Israel isn't enough.

  • Mary Sue

    Irony: Obama condemns the times USA "propped up dictators" and now props up several including this one!

    • objectivefactsmatter

      The thing is, we used to prop up dictators as the best compromise, now we just prop them up for the sake of the cheese god and it's worshipers like 0'Bama and company.

  • W. C. Taqiyya

    Yes, the promises made by Morsi are indeed worthless. He wants to be a tyrant.and he will do and say anything he thinks will get him there. Fortunately, he is not a very skillful politician. Now Egypt moves into the civil war phase of their Arab Spring. Maybe. Or maybe the military purges Morsi and sets up another round of elections. The western support you refer to Mr. greenfield, is mostly irrelevant. Obama's words of praise for Morsi mean nothing in Egypt and the Egyptians know nobody will invade them. Diplomatic noise in the UN is just that, noise. This will come down to how skillfully the military, the middle class and the elites can direct the popular demand for real reform and real liberty into a stable structure. If not, and time is slipping away, it will be a bloody internal conflict. Which is not likely to produce anything other than some form of brutal tyranny. Thank you, this post is up to your usual high standard of excellence.