I haven't yet had the chance to seriously process what just happened in Egypt, but my initial feeling is that the dissolution of parliament is a stunningly cynical move (even for Egypt's deep state), and further a short-sighted one which could have serious consequences for the country -- the military is more and more deciding to draw battle lines, and wants to set up the Islamists to represent their nemesis in that struggle. It's a struggle state authoritarianism is quite familiar with across the region.
I've written up some thoughts at Religion Dispatches:
And the Islamists, too, might read these lessons in their own way: They can participate in politics, but not really. Or only under strict limits, which others will decide for them. That didn’t work in Algeria, and tens of thousands died in a war that the deep state exploited for its purposes. It only worked in Turkey until the former Islamists overcame the deep state, and turned it to their side. But Turkey seems right now an exception: Across the region, there is a sense of ominous paralysis. It’s not that the center cannot hold. It’s that there is no center.