An injured supporter of ousted President Mohammed Morsi sits at a field hospital in Cairo, Monday, July 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
I’ll be posting updates to this blog post during the day.
UPDATE 2:15 pm: The death toll in the shooting early this morning outside the Republican Guard headquarters has risen to 51, with 435 injured.
The Muslim Brotherhood, in what might be its biggest mistake yet, is calling for a national uprising. Several Egyptian analysts, cited by AFP, warn that the most militant of the Brotherhood’s leadership are calling for the revolt, while more moderate members are being eclipsed:
"The Muslim Brotherhood are adopting a very dangerous attitude. They are insisting on escalating the situation," said Hassan Nafaa, professor of political science at Cairo University.
He branded the Brotherhood leadership "extremists" and called on the moderate wing within the movement to pressure them into restraint.
"Emotions are very high, and there is real anger on the streets," Nafaa warned.
Other analysts, quoted in the same report, warn that extremists may turn to terrorism if the situation isn’t calmed by Egypt’s fractured political leadership now.
Rebel, the opposition group that demanded Morsi’s ouster and led street protests, is calling for an investigation into today’s massacre. However, like Mohammed ElBaradei and Egypt’s newly installed president, Adly Mansour, Rebel is also blaming the Islamists for the crisis and warning the Muslim Brotherhood “not to drag the country into a violent conflict.”
It would a conflict that the Muslim Brotherhood would likely lose, but with massive casualties.
The United States, in its first reaction on Monday, is calling on the military to exercise “restraint”:
The United States on Monday called on Egypt's military to exercise "maximum restraint" after dozens of people were killed while demonstrating against last week's ouster of president Mohamed Morsi.
"Egypt's stability and democratic political order are at stake," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters during a briefing in which she said Washington "strongly" condemns violence on all sides.
UPDATE 11 am: No doubt, later today the White House and the State Department will condemn the massacre in Egypt and call on all parties to avoid violence. But is there anything, really, that the Obama administration can do?