A picture is worth a thousand words.
Let's burn a church for Allah.
Egypt is a massive clusterfuck of a problem for the West.
What do you do?
- Support the neo-fascist military that has ruled Egypt with an iron hand since 1952, raping the country and treating it as their personal bank account?
- Or support the Islamist President and Parliament chosen by the people of Egypt in free elections?
What a bitch.
Americans like to pretend that they believe in freedom and democracy. But "ideals" never stopped the U.S. from backing a wide assortment of dictators, Kings and thugs all over the world as long as they supported the U.S. So backing the dictatorial Egyptian army yet again would be nothing new for us.
I don't have a problem with Egyptians freely voting for a more religious state. It is none of anyone's business as long as there is no violence against its own citizens or its neighbors.
In some ways I don't blame the Islamists for being pissed. After all the majority of Egyptians voted for them in free elections. But burning down churches tells you what they really believe, and it is not democracy.
One thing that does bother me is the American political class hammering on the discrimination against Egyptian Christians as an excuse to get us involved in another nation's civil war.
The fact of the matter is those same conservatives who are wringing their hands about the poor Christians today were totally oblivious to the attacks and discrimination against them when the U.S. backed military dictatorship was in power.
Let's bottom line this. Christians have been totally screwed by militant, dictatorial Islam since the Muslim conquest of Egypt back in 639–642AD.
No matter which faction if the Religion of Peace ruled Egypt the non-Muslims were always treated like crap. They were forced to be second class citizens in their own nation.
So what to do?
It does not make me feel any better that the Islamist Dictator Saudi King Abdullah has called on Arabs to stand together against "attempts to destabilize" Egypt in a strong message of support for the country's military leadership.
Wonderful. Islamist wackos on all sides.
I don't give a damn about Egypt. They have been solving their own problems for 7,000 years. But I think the time is here for the Western nations to back the Egyptian military's attempt to keep order.
But even if order is restored it will not protect the Christians in the long run from the so-called "moderate" Muslims who dislike Christians almost as much as the Islamists.
Still a temporary peace would be something. So let's load up the planes with ammo for the military and have them put down the Islamists.
|Muslim Brotherhood Torch Catholic School|
Muslim Brotherhood supporters marked the Christian stores with a black “x”. Flashbacks to Jews in Germany and Kristellnacht, the Night of the Broken Glass, where marked Jewish businesses were destroyed.
After torching a Franciscan school, Islamists paraded three nuns on the streets like “prisoners of war” before a Muslim woman offered them refuge. Two other women working at the school were sexually harassed and abused as they fought their way through a mob.
"We are nuns. We rely on God and the angels to protect us," said Sister Manal . "At the end, they paraded us like prisoners of war and hurled abuse at us as they led us from one alley to another without telling us where they were taking us," she said.
The incident at the Franciscan school was repeated at Minya where a Catholic school was razed to the ground by an arson attack and a Christian orphanage was also torched..
"I am terrified and unable to focus," said Boulos Fahmy, the pastor of a Catholic church a short distance away from Manal's school. "I am expecting an attack on my church any time now," he said Saturday.
Bishoy Alfons Naguib, a 33-year-old businessman from Minya, has a similarly harrowing story.
His home supplies store on a main commercial street in the provincial capital, also called Minya, was torched this week and the flames consumed everything inside..
"A neighbor called me and said the store was on fire. When I arrived, three extremists with knifes approached me menacingly when they realized I was the owner," recounted Naguib. His father and brother pleaded with the men to spare him. Luckily, he said, someone shouted that a Christian boy was filming the proceedings using his cell phone, so the crowd rushed toward the boy shouting "Nusrani, Nusrani," the Quranic word for Christians which has become a derogatory way of referring to them in today's Egypt.
"On our Mustafa Fahmy street, the Islamists had earlier painted a red X on Muslim stores and a black X on Christian stores," he said. "You can be sure that the ones with a red X are intact."
In the four days since security forces cleared two sit-in camps by supporters of Egypt’s ousted president, Islamists have attacked dozens of Coptic churches along with homes and businesses owned by the Christian minority. The campaign of intimidation appears to be a warning to Christians outside Cairo to stand down from political activism.
(Yahoo - Associated Press)
They Come from Two Different Worlds
These two photos (above and below) really say it all about Egypt and the Middle East. Society is divided between modern and traditional. Each thinks they know the correct way to live and each will not give in to the other side.