The battle for Egypt has pitched the state (army, security and millions of civilians) against the Muslim Brotherhood. The conflict has resulted in hundreds of fatalities, great damage to the country’s already ailing economy and destruction of public and private property. Saudi Arabia is providing support for a stable Egypt, and is in public opposition to the Brotherhood. The US position is oscillating between support to the legitimately elected former president Muhammad Mursi (the Muslim Brotherhood) and US strategic interests in Egypt.

Egypt’s “Arab Spring” revolution against former president Husni Mubarak was relatively bloodless, compared to those seen in Syria and neighboring Libya. The army had effectively adopted a “hands-off” policy. (CONTINUED - 883 WORDS)