Talking to someone from Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood these days in Cairo leaves one with a strange feeling.
Following a coup against the elected president, Mohammed Morsi, the current military-backed government and the security services have committed gross human rights outrages against Brotherhood members. Hugely disproportional force has been used killing hundreds at demonstrations and encampments; neutral eyewitness reports indicate that, while some Brotherhood members may have had arms, the overwhelming preponderance of force came from security forces.
Brotherhood leaders haven’t been allowed to see lawyers. Children of brotherhood members have been arrested at school. The state-controlled media steadily regularly demonizes the Brotherhood, imputing to them terrorist links that are disputed by knowledgeable experts, and attributing Egypt’s long-standing economic problems solely to one year of Morsi’s rule..