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Dancing Among the Dead in Egypt

Are Egyptians adjusting to the violence?
Anti-Mursi protesters clash with members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, at Ramsis square, which leads to Tahrir Square, during a celebration marking Egypt's 1973 war with Israel, in Cairo October 6, 2013. At least 33 people were killed during protests in Egypt on Sunday, the interior ministry said, as the crisis since the army seized power three months ago showed no sign of abating. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3F
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Egypt’s Ministry of Health reported at least 51 dead and 268 injured in Oct. 6 clashes and street battles between rallies of Morsi supporters, residents of the neighborhoods these rallies passed through and police. You could say celebrations of “Victory Day” have turned sour in Egypt. Except that they didn’t. Celebrations went on as if nothing was happening. As if no one were even injured.

There are two parallel worlds bloodily coexisting now in Egypt: The world of the Brotherhood, where Morsi’s reinstatement is an uncompromising goal and where Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is the leader of a bloody coup, and the other world of the rest of Egyptians, where al-Sisi is a hero and the Brothers are traitors, an occupation force which has been ousted by their savior, who is liberating Sinai and the rest of the country from terrorists. There is little common ground between these two parties. So, while one party celebrates with music, bands and dancing, the other buries its dead and prepares for the next wave of protests to “break up the coup.”

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