Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 1/8/2013 (1225 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations that Gwynne Dyer refers to in his July 30 column, Worse than a crime in Egypt, were not that peaceful. The demonstrators used deadly weapons and a few security officers were killed by gunshots. As well, allies of the Muslim Brotherhood are killing Egyptian soldiers in lawless Sinai in the last several months. I don't think the police or army in Canada or the U.S. would react differently if they were being shot at or killed.
Dyer's assertion that the simplest plan would be to just wait out the protesters could not work there because the Muslim Brotherhood refused any reconciliatory gesture by the interim government. Instead, they demanded that the ousted president must be reinstated before any talks would take place. Those demands are not realistic; they belong only in dreams.
As an Egyptian-Canadian with close family members in Egypt, I strongly object to Dyer's reference to the masses who went to Tahrir Square as "political idiots." They are more informed than most people think. They have based their decision on the political and economic climate in which they have lived the last 12 months and after all the promises that got the president elected were not fulfilled.