Statement from Mohamed ElBaradei
The Post’s Abigail Hauslohner reports:
In a wordy statement submitted to Egypt’s military-backed interim President Adly Mansour, ElBaradei said he saw “peaceful” alternatives to dispersing the sit-ins, “but things became what they became.” But he stopped short of criticizing Egyptian security forces or military directly.
“It has become difficult for me to hold responsibility for decisions that I do not agree with, whose consequences I fear,” ElBaradei said in a statement as an evening curfew went into effect and clashes continued across the country. “I cannot be responsible for one drop of blood in front of God, and then in front of my conscience, especially with my faith that we could have avoided it,” he said.
He said those who incite “violence and terrorism” — language that the government has used to allude to the Muslim Brotherhood — would only benefit from the turmoil.