This week, as Jews celebrate the Passover holiday, they are commemorating the Bible's Exodus story describing a series of plagues inflicted on ancient Egypt that freed the Israelites, allowing them to make their way to the Holy Land. But over the past century, another exodus, driven by a plague of persecution, has swept across the Middle East and is emptying the region of its Christian population. The persecution is especially virulent today.
Egypt’s Defence Minister Sedki Sobhi (R) met on Tuesday with a delegation of American military veterans and strategic analysts (Photo from ourtesy of the military spokesman)
Two different American delegations have arrived in Egypt according to Mofid Deak, the US embassy press attaché and official spokesman, to discuss security and transitional issues and meet with presidential hopeful Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.
Who is ultimately responsible for the ongoing attacks on Christians and their churches throughout the Islamic world?
Focusing on one of the most obvious nations where Christians are regularly targeted--Egypt's Coptic Christians--one finds that the "mob" is the most visible and obvious culprit. One Copt accused of some transgression against Muslim sensibilities--from having relations with a Muslim woman, to ruining a Muslim man's shirt--is often enough to prompt Muslim mobs to destroy entire Christian villages and their churches.
Does the fate of Egypt hang solely on who the next president of Egypt will be? The answer is a qualified yes. In a true democracy the ‘will of the people’ is supreme. Another qualifier to this is that the people have to be truly ‘free’, meaning knowledgeable, un-coerced and liberated from the burden of dissimulators, fortune hunters, political charlatans and other negative-power-grabbers. This is a long order and virtually unachievable. Pragmatism dictates that the best course of action is to study the available ‘facts on the ground’ and act thusly. The current situation in Egypt and the outside powers and players, with varied interests in Egypt, is so complex that it would defy the brilliance of a chess grandmaster to figure out.
As a result of political upheaval, the human rights situation in Egypt deteriorated in 2013. Following the removal of then-President Mursi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, in July 2013, the Foreign Secretary said that the UK did not support military intervention as a way to resolve disputes in a democratic system, and called on all sides to avoid violence. The military announced a political roadmap for the return to democracy, led by a military-backed civilian interim government.
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