I haven’t reported much from Egypt and am far from an expert. But I do know this. In August last year someone on the government payroll shot dead Mick Deane, a Sky cameraman, who had been my friend and colleague since 1987. In December, others on the payroll detained my friend Peter Greste, an Al Jazeera correspondent and his colleagues who have been held in the most appalling conditions and without due process since then. Then earlier this week, an Egyptian judge sentenced more than five hundred to death over the killing of a single policeman. The military ruler that runs Egypt is about to become president and the political party that won Egypt’s first credible democratic election is banned as a terrorist group.
The leading voices of Western democracy are supporting all this. Little wonder that Russia and China are moving onto the moral high ground.