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Print edition : September 20, 2013

Armoured vehicles guard the entrance to Tahrir Square in Cairo on August 16, two days after the crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsy. Photo: Hassan Ammar/AP

President Barack Obama. The U.S., which cultivated the Muslim Brotherhood, now finds itself between a rock and a hard place in Egypt. Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP

A protest in Washington, D.C., on August 29. The U.S., which seemed intent on striking Syria, has had to backtrack now. Photo: Saul LOEB/AFP

Mahmoud Badr (left) and Mohammed Abdel-Aziz, leaders of Tamarod, which led the protests against Mohammed Morsy, with E.U. foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Cairo on July 29. Photo: Hassan Ammar/AP

The United States’ West Asia policy is likely to ensure that the Arab Spring, which had engendered great hopes in the Arab street, will end in an orgy of bloodbath.
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