It's increasingly evident that the military rulers of Egypt are determined to intimidate and silence their political opponents, whether they are members of the
In recent days the military-backed government has declared the Brotherhood a terrorist organization — blaming it for an attack on a police headquarters for which another group claimed responsibility — and has seized the financial assets of hundreds of Brotherhood activists and other Islamist figures.
But the Brotherhood isn't the only target. Three leaders of the
The U.S. response to the continued crackdown has been polite to the point of pusillanimity. A
Inadequate as that statement is, it's an improvement over some past comments by Secretary of State
The situation in Egypt is a textbook case of the tension between the United States' commitment to democracy and its more complicated strategic objectives. The sad truth is that