It has now been a year since the post-uprising period of the revolution began and the revolutionaries must take a good look at themselves. They do have an incredible amount to give to Egypt, but there are some lessons that must be learnt once and for all.
Until the U.S. backs up its words with actions, it will appear to Egyptians that it is choosing short-term security with the Supreme Council of armed Forces (SCAF) over long term support for human rights, civil society, and a just society.
The violence in and around Cairo's Tahrir Square between military police and an increasingly belligerent core of protestors, has been particularly ugly. U.S. policy makers must use their leverage and speak out.