The U.S. government must stand on the side of human rights, the rule of law, and democratic progress, not impede or otherwise stunt such progress. If U.S. policy towards Egypt remains unchanged, we will be complicit in continued human rights violations, a totally unacceptable and untenable situation.
Although the UN does important humanitarian work, it is overgrown with the weeds of a dysfunctional bureaucracy and spineless leadership, and has become a watering hole for states that are prepared to sanction sex discrimination and extremist ideology without fear of serious challenge by the world body.
With the return of General Tohamy as head of the feared and Egyptian General Intelligence Service, we have come full circle. General Tohamy, as recent investigations reveal, was central to the old dictatorship's corrupt system and brutal enforcement. We have witnessed a classic historical counter-revolution.