"democracy was only going to work if people stuck together and they didn't"
The "people" and "they" ? Foreign financed administration and politicians, foreign financed military, mercenary 'gangs', a part of the middle class, and some atheists ?
"And as for what Egyptians are hoping for themselves and their children, I try not to think about it too much. It's too discomforting."
That's the real "they". Secular and religious. They want democracy. They got more corruption and death instead because of
"The oil states are pumping tens of billions of dollars into Egypt to support the current regime, try to match that."
Last I looked the US were only putting in 2 billion yearly, but I agree, and it wouldn't be the first time they lost control to a monster they helped create.