An Arab Nightmare West Dithers Over Taking a Side in Egypt

Egypt's political unravelling puts the West in a tight spot. Its reaction to this week's massacre will affect its image in the Arab world for many years to come. So far, it has been anything but assertive.
Von Erich Follath
Egyptian relatives and colleagues of policemen who were killed during Wednesdays clashes carry coffins covered with national flags.

Egyptian relatives and colleagues of policemen who were killed during Wednesdays clashes carry coffins covered with national flags.

Foto: AP/dpa
Photo Gallery: Egypt's Tragedy
Foto: MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/ REUTERS
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Photo Gallery: Egypt's Tragedy

Photo Gallery: Bloodbath on the Streets of Cairo
Foto: Hussein Tallal/ AP/dpa
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Photo Gallery: Bloodbath on the Streets of Cairo

Erich Follath is SPIEGEL's diplomatic correspondent.