The cycle of political violence has become all too familiar in Egypt. Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi have been systematically beaten, arrested, and killed. Amnesty International estimates that more than 1,000 Muslim Brotherhood members have lost their lives at the hands of security forces.
The crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood appears to have triggered waves of revenge attacks on security forces and Coptic Christians. Islamic militants in the Sinai ambushed minibuses full of off-duty policemen. Dozens of churches have been burned. In this charged atmosphere, Morsi’s trial, which is scheduled to begin today, will only add fuel to the fire.