News recently emerged that “the Obama administration is imposing sanctions on an Egypt-based group that has claimed responsibility for attacks against Egyptian officials, Israeli interests and foreign tourists in Cairo and the Sinai peninsula. The State Department said Wednesday [4/9/14] it has designated Ansar Bayt al-Muqadis a ‘foreign terrorist organization.’”
While ostensibly a laudable move, some—many in Egypt—think this announcement is a ruse to portray the Obama administration as committed to combating terrorism, even as it supports the head of the terrorist-snake, the Muslim Brotherhood.
Political activist, poet, and journalist, Fatima Na’out, recently wrote an article titled “Find the True Killer of Mary,” portions of which follow:
Those who killed the young and vulnerable Mary Saleh George, for hanging a cross in her car, are not criminals, but rather wretched followers of those who legalized for them murder, lynching, dismemberment, and the stripping bare of young Christian girls—without every saying “kill.”
Yassir Burhami and his colleagues who announce their hate for Christians throughout satellite channels and mosques, claiming that hatred of Christians is synonymous with love for God—they are the true killers and need to be tried and prosecuted… The killers of Mary Saleh are simply a wretched mob, with the body of a bull but the brain of a worm, that is being controlled by masterminds that plot behind the scenes, the “bloody fingers” that move the “robots.”
On March 26, an increasingly common scene took place in Egypt. Shenouda Riad Musa, a Coptic Christian man, was kidnapped by “unknown persons” who later called his family demanding one million Egyptian pounds for his release, roughly the equivalent of $150,000 USD, an exorbitant sum in Egypt.
Such scenarios—Coptic children or adults abducted at gunpoint and held (and sometimes killed or forced to convert to Islam) by “unknown persons” in exchange for money—are dramatically on the rise in Egypt (see , , , , and for some recent examples).
Among other forms of “retaliatory terrorism,” some 80 Christian churches were attacked in Egypt immediately after the June 30 Revolution, which saw the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood president Morsi.
And now that Egypt has sentenced to death hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters for the widespread terror they launched on the nation after the people’s revolution, the Brotherhood and its supporters are, once again, retaliating by attacking Coptic Christian minorities and their churches.
Coptic Christian activists in Egypt are calling on the Interior Ministry and its organs in the Fayum district to move and rescue the monks, workers, and visitors of the ancient Monastery of Saint Makarius, which is located in the deserts between Alexandria and Cairo.
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