Egyptian protestors had no idea the consequences of getting put on the cover of Time, but one thing I want to know, who sent Fullerton Police Department to Cairo?
Much of this stuff is absolutely brutal, and I seriously doubt those are rubber bullets being used.
With the first anniversary of the Arab Spring origin, we are left the cold reality that governments do not form in a vacuum, that removing your dictator is only a necessary first step. The other obvious observation is that many parts of the world do not live by the delicate sensibilities we live by, to wit, committing cold blooded murder on protestors seems like an acceptable method of policing rioters in areas of infant governments. These police/soldiers are a bit frenetic in their enforcement protocols, they got big ass sticks (long sticks equals no need for close quarter fighting), no need for formations or shields (the thought of containment is the last thing on their mind, they are all offense) and there is zero worry that some videographer will capture their exploits and make them famous.
The jury is still out on what type of place Egypt, Tunisia or Libya will morph in to. In the last election the Muslim Brotherhood stepped up:
Parties that want an expansion of Islamic law captured a clear majority of the votes in Egypt’s first election since the uprising that ousted longtime authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak, according to results released Sunday.
Whether they turn into another Turkey or Iran, Egypt and Tunisia have neither oil or nukes so they start out from a position of disadvantage, we shall see. But these type of youtube videos peppering the airwaves will not help in sympathy with the west.