When the military of a nation must crack down on the civilian population in order to restore order, that is an extreme measure. In a democratic government environment, when the military ousts an elected president, that is an extreme measure. When an elected president abuses the power of his office by ignoring the democratic constitution, that is extremism.
In the Middle East today, Egypt and elsewhere, the trouble is extremism among people where it has become customary and acceptable for people to wield weapons and take up violence in contrast with pursuing peaceful negotiations and compromise.
Placing an uncompromising religion at the foundation of culture and government, is where deep seated trouble begins. Freedom of belief and individual freedom must rise to the top in priority, suppressing intolerance and discrimination.
It appears that unless moderation is pursued by Muslims in the world, their extreme religious views will be their demise.
For Egyptians and the Muslim Brotherhood, there is historic déjà vu. That is one argument that the government and military is making by cracking down on “the Brotherhood.” Some see no reason to go down that road again.
“Egypt braces for more unrest as Muslim Brotherhood calls for fresh protests
Military-backed government signals that crackdown will continue amid defiant campaign to rebuff international criticism
Ian Black in Cairo
theguardian.com, Sunday 18 August 2013 08.30 EDT
Egypt braced for further unrest on Sunday after the Muslim Brotherhood called for fresh marches in Cairo and the military-backed government signalled a continuing crackdown and a defiant campaign to rebuff mounting international criticism of the killing of hundreds of Islamists over the last week.