I can hear the bullets. The screams pierce my ear drums. The cries will haunt my nightmares tonight. The Human Rights Watch report outlining the systematic murder of Egyptians at Rabaa outlines the biggest national shame in modern Egyptian history-nothing more and nothing less. It makes abunduntly clear that contained within my pinky is more emotion and human empathy than shown by security forces on that dark day, Aug. 14 2013.
The report estimates that over 1000 Egyptians were decimated that day. They were sent to an early grave for no reason other than being there. There was zero attempt to limit casualties. That was the plan all along clearly outlines the report.. Helicopter gunships were used to mow down protestors. Protestors were executed in Rabaa hospital. Gunfire continued unabated for many minutes at a time. Apcs, industrial bulldozers, helicopters, snipers, special forces, police, csf, army and other forces committed the crime with promises, from leadership, none would be touched post massacre. The vicious, calculated assault lasted for over 12 hours straight at Rabaa. What occured was not merely a planned massacre on Egyptian citizens but a draconian, Machiavellian war on a political sector the regime decided to obliterate. The Raison D’etre was nothing short of political expediency.
In the end nothing remained but the amoral vision of the very many and the bodies of a thousand. Shame on all of us.