Thursday, 22 December 2011
Many Egyptians lose sympathy for the young revolutionaries
The video footage of a half-naked woman being dragged away by troops, however, has provoked an altogether different reaction. One retired general insinuated that she got what she deserved; what self-respecting woman would be demonstrating anyway? But many will also be seeing this as a violation of a code of honour by the army.
The army knew when it took over in February that the longer it stayed, the greater the risk of making mistakes which would damage its reputation in the eyes of the Egyptian people. It said it wanted to leave as soon as it could. And yet it failed to act to do so; it is now paying the price.
The army is right to say that Tahrir Square is not Egypt. But the army will, nonetheless, be judged by the way it behaves there.
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