Straight Talk
SIMON KENT - Blood on YouTube: Egypt’s massacre brings savagery to the world in real, gory detail

supporter of ousted President Mohamed Mursi throws a tear gas canister back towards the police during clashes in central Cairo August 13, 2013.

Credits: REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih


TORONTO - The world can't ignore this for much longer.

If you thought Egypt in general and Cairo in particular looked set for another round of bloody slaughter, then you'd be wrong.

The mass killing has already started and it is all being captured on YouTube.

Whereas once the sort of sickening violence that is defining this uprising would have been accessible only to those with television or newspaper access, the Egyptian revolution is being recorded in the here-and-now and quickly posted through the Internet.

Horrific acts are there for all to see. It's not pretty and it doesn't pretend to be.

This is the worst type of indiscriminate murder and score settling, all committed by opposing sides with competing claims to the democratic process but no means to settle them beyond the blind fury of war.

Egyptians are putting their damning images of government violence and inter-ethnic clashes on social networks like Reddit, Instgram and Facebook, but it is YouTube that features the most graphic.

Follow the links and you will see individuals attacked and massacred for their religious beliefs or run down by police officers trying - they say - to keep the warring sides apart.

Everywhere there is blood and it stretches a damning trail from the streets to the hospitals and everywhere in between.

There are no winners here. There is just death on an increasingly industrial scale.

The world can only watch and share the sense of frustration and impotence that any bystander knows so well.

The future looks no better.

Some fear Egypt is returning to the kind of police state that kept the disgraced Hosni Mubarak in power for 30 years before his removal in 2011, as security institutions recover their confidence and reassert control.

The rule of law is absent and protests by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi have turned increasingly violent.

The United States urged its citizens to leave Egypt on Thursday and two of Europe's biggest tour operators, Germany's TUI and Thomas Cook Germany, said they were cancelling all trips to the country until Sept. 15.

The UN Security Council has urged all parties in Egypt to exercise restraint, but did not assign blame.

"The view of council members is that it is important to end violence in Egypt," Argentine UN ambassador Maria Cristina Perceval said after the 15-member council met on the situation Friday.

The pity is nobody in Egypt is listening. More than 600 people have been killed across the country this month alone and more than 3,500 injured, according to Egypt's health ministry.

And still, as YouTube shows, the killing goes on and on and on.

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