Egypt’s post-coup violence continues to get worse:
Egyptian security forces stormed two sprawling sit-ins by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi shortly after dawn Wednesday, killing dozens of people and igniting a wave of violent clashes across the country.
Dozens were killed in the crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood encampment outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya Mosque. The nationwide death toll has reportedly reached 149, and 1,400 more people have been injured. Coptic churches have been targeted by members of the Muslim Brotherhood in response to the assault in Cairo:
Supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi torched three churches in central Egypt on Wednesday in reprisal attacks as police dispersed demonstrations in Cairo, reports said.
Christians in Egypt are among the most vulnerable and easiest targets for attack by the Brotherhood. Any hope that deposing Morsi would make Christians in Egypt more secure was misplaced. Even though they aren’t responsible for the violence against pro-Morsi protesters, Egypt’s Christians will suffer for it.
The sensible thing for the U.S. to do at this point would be to suspend aid to the Egyptian military. It is long past time to suspend that aid in response to the July coup, and it is increasingly difficult to see what the U.S. gains from not doing so. Suspending aid will likely have little or no effect on what Egypt’s post-coup government does, but it is the very least that the U.S. should do.