“In the Algerian civil war there were 100,000 people who died. We are ready to pay the same price,” a young Islamist said on the streets of Cairo. He has already internalized the Brotherhood’s logic of martyrdom. “The Koran is our constitution. Jihad is our way. Dying for God is our most noble desire.”
Egyptians are going through the bloodiest days of their modern history. Since Wednesday, the violence has killed more than 1,000 people. The vast majority of those victims are from the side of the Muslim Brotherhood. But still, the supporters of the ousted president don’t falter. The fact that almost their entire leadership is in prison hardly seems to play a role. After decades of being persecuted under former presidents Nasser and Mubarak, the Brotherhood is used to retaining their discipline in such critical times. The period in the underground has made them stronger.