US President Barack Obama strongly condemned violence against Egyptian civilians by Egyptian security forces and canceled joint military exercises to demonstrate the US displeasure.
President Obama comments come after a day of violence during which over 500 people were killed after Egyptian security forces attacked and broke up the protest camps set up by Muslim Brotherhood supporters.
The horrific situation in Cairo can in part be blamed on dithering by the Obama Administration and the West in general to call a coup by the Egyptian military against Egypt's first democratically elected president a coup. This in turn seems to have embolden the Egyptian military to pursue the crackdown yesterday that has resulted in horrific violence against peaceful demonstrators as opposed to pursuing a peaceful resolution of the crisis.
In the struggle for democracy in Egypt, the West's politically expediency seems to have triumph over democratic principle with dire consequences for the Egyptian people.