Even as the sands shift, the Brotherhood stays the same
There is little doubt that the landscape of Islamist groups in the Middle East has changed dramatically since the eruption of the Arab revolts. Salafis have become more politically active. Al Qaeda elements have adopted new strategies to establish roots within local communities where they operate. Shia groups have changed in ways that have yet to be properly understood and absorbed, from being more politically and militarily active to crossing borders for the first time to fight jihad.
Christianity began in the East, not the West, yet today Christians in the East are enduring an all-out-assault by Islamic terrorists, while Christians in the West live their lives largely oblivious to it all. This has to change.
This is no imaginary persecution; in Syria alone there have been reports of kidnappings, Christian communities intentionally displaced by militants and, worst of all, shootings and beheadings of Christians who refused to convert to Islam.
Despite ruling a country with lots of history, Egypt’s masters seem oddly deaf to its lessons. Consider the sadly repetitive dance played out between military-backed regimes and power-seeking Islamists. Time and again the men in uniform have toyed with Islamist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, only to turn on them with the full repressive fury of the state. And time after time the Brothers and their fellow travellers have failed to bow and exit. The Islamists have instead grown multiple new heads with sharper fangs, or blown off with the wind to sprout in unexpected places.
A letter published by the "Working Group on Egypt" at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace, and addressed to President Obama, deeply criticized the Egyptian Government for its "suppression of the Muslim Brotherhood and other opposition groups" and called the Egyptian people a "divided populace."
The letter, dismissing the popular legitimacy of the June 30 revolution, was signed by top personalities from well-known Think Tanks, on the Left and on the Right.
It's not a crisis of faith, but one of violence
Almost fifteen hundred years ago, a wandering monk called John Moschos described the Eastern Mediterranean as a "flowering meadow" of Christianity. The religion had been born here nearly 600 years before but while, in the early years, it had been a persecuted, militant cult, under the patronage of the Byzantine emperors it had matured and mellowed.
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