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Is Egypt’s blood on America’s hands?

Barack Obama and John Kerry are not responsible for the massacre of hundreds of civilian protesters by the Egyptian military – at least not directly. But their hands are stained with Cairo’s blood, all the same. I’m sure the crafters and shapers of American foreign policy are genuinely horrified by the scale of carnage in Egypt’s streets, and by the looming threat of civil war between Islamic fundamentalists and secular forces. But it happened on their watch, and they’ve got to own it. The current Egyptian crisis was shaped by decades of United States policy under presidents of both parties, and by the long-standing American preference for “friendly” authoritarian regimes and military coups over unpredictable elected governments. Does anyone still wonder why the world laughs when we talk so earnestly about democracy?

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