Cairo’s crushing of extremists is a model for snuffing out a spreading threat
At this year’s United Nations General Assembly in New York, it was good to see a focus on stopping the global threat posed by radical Islam. Yet the U.N.’s plan of action isn’t nearly sufficient.
Three years after the Maspero massacre, no justice has been served. This was a state crime, and more worryingly, the Egyptian state seems to be increasingly engaging in hostile acts towards Copts.
During the 1944 Warsaw uprising, Stalin ordered the advancing Red Army to stop at the outskirts of the city while the Nazis, for 63 days, annihilated the non-Communist Polish partisans. Only then did Stalin take Warsaw.
Six weeks ago when President Barack Obama, no doubt after reading the latest opinion polls, decided to “do something” about the so-called “Islamic State” of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), many welcomed it as good news. After all, if used effectively, the United States’ unique military capabilities could shorten a tragedy that has brought immense suffering to Iraq and Syria and threatens to spread to other parts of the Middle East.
Today marks the third anniversary of the Maspero massacre – what had started out on October 9, 2011 as a peaceful protest ultimately led to the death of 25 Egyptian citizens, dozens injured, and the arbitrary arrest of countless Egyptian Christians. Earlier that day,
Coptic Solidarity 2014 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 26-28, 2014.