This is the only Egypt your actions have allowed, one in which innocents are sentenced for standing up for their own rights or the rights of others. It is the same Egypt, in which you support a military dictator (whether elected or not) and believe his lying supporters on TV while you ignore everything your son or your daughter tells you about what’s actually going on at universities and on the street. It is the same Egypt in which you mourn for dead soldiers while you allow the government to arrest and imprison the youth who protested against the terrorist regime you now claim to be at war with. It is the same Egypt that you’ve had for more than 60 years, and it is an Egypt that has been sinking under the weight of the rampant corruption that you have, if not participated in, then catered to. It is an Egypt in which there is no justice, in which the phrase ‘human rights’ has become a joke, in which ‘human rights activist’ has become an insult. It is an Egypt that is systematically trying to destroy the future of our youth and crush their souls. It is the same Egypt that has made patriots who once stood in Tahrir risking their lives and their freedoms for the dream of a better country now give up in desperation at the choices you have made, and the nightmares that they’ve realized are supported by their mothers and their fathers, and by their uncles and aunts, it is an Egypt that many are now trying to escape. It is an Egypt that is abhorrent to anybody who values human life and humane values. It is an Egypt that will never stabilize because you do not achieve stability by allowing injustice and oppression. It is an Egypt that YOU are making worse every time you justify oppression for the sake of stability, every time you excuse brutality in the name of security, every time you shirk your conscience to support a regime that has crushed you and is now trying to crush your children. You are complicit in this crime. Don’t you dare think otherwise. Those 24 activists are not alone; they join thousands who languish in the prison cells of this military dictatorship, a dictatorship that is weak when facing actual terrorism yet armed to the teeth when confronting students at universities. You are propping up a regime that is destroying the very best Egypt has to offer, and you are doing it every single time you ignore this kind of happening, and every single time you pretend it’s not your problem. Good people are suffering unjustly, and it is because your mind has been paralyzed by fear. You are a coward, and your children are paying the price of your cowardice.