The Obama administration is right to be reassessing its $1.3 billion military aid package to Egypt and should further demand accountability through an independent investigation of recent attacks. The Egyptian military is responsible for a violent crackdown on protesters that sparked the killing of over 1,000 people in under a week.
The excessive use of force by Egyptian security forces and the targeted attacks by opposition groups against the Shia and Christian minorities, including the destruction of numerous churches, are deplorable and demand decisive measures to protect civilians.
Continuing direct military aid to a government responsible for crimes against humanity would both violate American principles and send a dangerous signal about the United States to the world.
We recognize national security concerns including U.S. access to the Suez Canal, the future of the Israeli-Egypt peace treaty and joint anti-terrorist operations. But President Obama has also rightly identified the prevention of mass atrocities as a national security priority. It is not in the U.S. moral or national security interest to accept, let alone enable, mass atrocities.