Re "Carnage in Egypt; protesters routed" (Page A1, Aug. 15): Mohammed Morsi was elected in a democratic election. But when the Muslim Brotherhood began to exert its control on the government the pretense of democracy was gone. The killings are reprehensible but the reason behind them, the pressure to create an Islamic state through force, is even more reprehensible.
World leaders need to remember that what started out as a great idea, democratic elections in Egypt, quickly became tainted by those who would oppress any attitudes and actions that were not condoned by the strict Islamists. The military takeover of the government is supported by the majority of Egyptians. Isn't that more "democratic" than the attempt to force a theocracy by a minority of the population?
Instead of decrying the riots and killings we should be pushing for free elections. We can only hope that the voters in Egypt will be more careful in who they elect.
-- Eileen Glaholt, Sacramento