Moderate has become a dirty word in Egypt. Since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, anyone who refuses to support either side uncritically has become a traitor to both.
Polarized attitudes of “youre either with us or against us” have forced Egyptians in the middle ground to disappear largely from political view, making any reconciliation between Mursis Muslim Brotherhood and the army-backed government ever more remote.
This raises the danger of yet more of the bloodshed that followed the fall of Egypts first freely-elected president in July. Both sides are hardening their positions in what is already the most turbulent period in the internal history of modern Egypt, a U.S. ally that has a peace treaty with Israel.