Coptic Christian churches, schools and charity buildings in Egypt have been under periodic attacks for years now and similar attacks have come to Christians in Nigeria as well.
In a press release on October 10, 2013, the European Parliament passed three separate resolutions, condemning violence and persecution against Christians in Syria, Pakistan and Iran, calling for protection for journalists and free access to the Internet in Sudan and condemning acts of terrorism and sectarian violence in Iraq.
Last week, my Muslim friends celebrated the feast of sacrifice. Eid El-Adha which is an occasion to remember that Ibrahim was willing to sacrifice his only son for God and that God marveled at Ibrahim’s faith and obedience, spared the son and provided Ibrahim with a sheep to offer as a sacrifice instead. The same story is told by the Jews and Christians and is found in the Old Testament.
Barack Obama wrote those words in 1983, when he was a student at Columbia University. He was describing the nuclear freeze movement and how its focus on warhead numbers left the larger social justice issues of the Cold War era unaddressed. But he could just as well have been describing his own policies in the Middle East 30 years later — and why they have driven a wedge between the United States and some of its closest allies.
When the State Department announced early in October that it was cutting hundreds of millions in military and other aid to Egypt, it was yet another manifestation of Barack Obama’s unstinting support for the Muslim Brotherhood, a support that has already thrown Egypt back into the Russian orbit. The aid cut was essentially giving the Egyptian people a choice between Muslim Brotherhood rule and economic collapse. Nothing else could have been expected from Obama, who has been a Brotherhood man from the beginning.
The next year is one of the most crucial in Egypt’s 7,000 history. If the country's current roadmap to democracy stays on course, it will have a new constitution, parliament and president by next summer. That in turn will give it the security and stability that are preconditions for economic growth.
Without economic growth, Egypt is doomed. It will, quite literally, not be able to feed its people. Egypt will fall prey to the political chaos that accompanies economic chaos.
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