Neither side is backing down in Egypt's latest political crisis, as President Mohammed Morsi refuses to bow to pressure from both the military and the millions of demonstrators who are still in the streets. A statement from the president's office says he "was not consulted" about the demand made on Monday that he answer the demands of angry protesters before the army implements its own plan. He also said he won't resign, and there hasn't been any hint of progress or negotiations with the opposition.
And in another disturbing development, the Freedom and Justice Party, which is the poltical wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, has called on Morsi to "prepare for martyrdom," suggesting they are ready to wage war against the military and the people. (Those are his supporters in with the shield and clubs in the photo above.)
As for the people in the streets, they seem to be welcoming an uneasy alliance with the military leaders they once despied. When the ruling military council was in charge of the country before Morsi, citizens demanded speedy elections and a new constitution, which left them with Morsi and a Mulsim Brotherhood-led government. Now those same military leaders are their only hope to depose him. That's why they've been cheering the military helicopters flying over Cairo with giant Egyptian flags waving from them (when they aren't flashing laser pointers at them), even if that means an end to their temporary democracy. It's an alliance of necessity, made easier by Egyptians now proven ability to make their voices heard should things get worse again.