As more casualties pile up among Egypt’s military, I am reminded of a protest I attended at the Presidential Palace in Cairo. Rows of young Egyptian men aged 18-30 lined up to separate angry protesters from the past president, Mohamed Morsi. The young faces looked anxiously as outraged protesters tore apart barbed wire with their bare hands.
As his supporters continue to act out in violence over their outrage, I consider the toll that revolutions and wars take on the youth. Young Egyptians are conscripted to serve in their military, used as political pawns in a real life Game of Thrones. Most of the violent protesters are also young people. Youth pitted against youth, told what to believe and who to serve.