With major Egyptian towns engulfed in a rising wave of angry protests demanding the restoration of Morsi, brought down from power by a coup d’état, and murderous retaliation by the military-installed government, the country presents one big scene of a battlefield, as the dead and wounded litter the streets. And with the defiant refusal of committed supporters of the ousted President to accept the legitimacy of the new regime, who are ranged against the authorities that would not spare a moment’s thought for the lives of the demonstrators, the death toll has inexorably kept rising since the protests erupted last Wednesday when over 580 people lost their lives. Latest reports put the latest figure at close to 900 killed, horrifying by any standards, across the country, counting the Friday’s official tally of 173 – ‘the day of rage’ as christened by the Muslim Brotherhood.

On Saturday again, nail-biting tension gripped the capital Cairo where Morsi’s supporters, holed up in Fateh Mosque near Ramses Square since the night before, steadfast in their rejection of the call to come out, and the army forced its entry and began firing indiscriminately. Second largest city of Alexandria, Ismailia, Suez, Al-Arish and many others have had their own share of ruthless suppression and bloodshed.

The international community is tragically unwilling to intercede. There has been silence from the United Nations that has lost the initiative to act in crises, except when the interests of Western powers, are at stake. President Obama could not muster the courage to condemn the military takeover, nor the outrage that has followed, nor threaten the withdrawal of $1.3 billion yearly aid his country was giving to the Egyptian armed forces. It was a symbolic reprimand, as an observer of the scene commented, that he administered urging the end of massacre and restraint on both sides.

The most shameful of all is the conduct of Arab League and OIC, which have so far acted as mere silent spectators, as usual as if the fate of the Muslim world is of no concern to them. Some of the Arab leaders from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain have even gone to the ludicrous extent of “tacitly” supporting the crackdown for fear the unrest might destabilise Egypt and pose a threat to their hold on power. As demonstrations across Muslim countries – Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sudan, Jordan, Palestine and others – show, the people are united in their demand for the cruel massacre to stop and the army to go the barracks. That unity they expect from their leaders when Muslim anywhere are trouble.