The “freedom revolution” in Egypt has taken yet another ominous turn as “tens of thousands of Egyptians led by hard-line Islamists escalated their protests Friday over the appointment of a Coptic Christian governor in southern Egypt,” Association Press reported.
This, the report says, “deepens the mistrust between religious communities during the bumpy aftermath of Egypt’s revolution.”
This is disappointing but no surprise.
I suspected from the start that all the optimism the West has been expressing over the upheaval in the Middle East was premature at best and misguided at worst. I doubted then and still do that democracy and Islam can coexist in harmony. There is little historical basis for optimism.
Especially aggravating, is that while the world is busy repeating “Zionism is racism” as some sort of twisted mantra, and the United Nations continues finding ways of condemning Israel for crimes against humanity in its efforts to defend itself, the Islamists are in fact violently doing away with anything not Muslim in the Arab world with nearly total impunity.
“More than a week of protests seeking to unseat the governor of Qena province are testing the ability of Egypt’s transitional military rulers and the interim government to handle an Islamic movement capable of rallying large numbers behind its hard-line agenda without jeopardizing the future of a democratic Egypt,” A.P. reports. That’s PC media-speak for “the Islamo-Fascists – read Iran – are already making their position clear.”
A case in point, the newly appointed Christian governor of this particular province was the subject of what’s described and the largest demonstration “so far,” demanding he be replaced by a Muslim governor. This was timed to coincide with Good Friday in a country with some 10 million Christians.
At least for now.
We would be well to remember that some 75,000 Jews lived in Egypt in 1948 and only a 100 remain today.
“The bulk of the protesters were driven by a sectarian cause, believing it is not proper for a Christian to govern Muslims, who make up the majority of the population,” the story says.
Are these the same Muslims rallying the world against Israel, where people of all faiths live, worship and serve in government, by calling it a racist, apartheid state?
Gosh, I think it is.
Can you say, “blatant hypocrisy?”
Coptic Christians make up some 10 percent of Egypt’s 80 million population “and complain of discrimination,” the story says. A grievance with some merit, considering the fact that a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Coptic church in Alexandria on Jan. 1, killing 21 people and injuring 100 others. There also have been protests against the Orthodox Christian church and deadly clashes between Christians and Muslims last month, following the burning of a Christian church, according to reports.
All this managed to transpire without inspiring worldwide condemnation and the demand for the destruction of the Egyptian or Islamist entity.
Interesting, but, evidently not enough to get the United States or any other Western nation involved.
Egyptians being killed by their own government is different from Libyans being killed by their own government.
And so, obviously, are the hundreds being killed in Syria by their own government.
A.P. reported that at least 49 people, including a child, were killed Friday in an uprising against “President Bashar Assad’s authoritarian regime.”
The regular Friday protests, “have become weekly bloodbaths as security forces try to crush the demonstrations,” the story says, but despite the situation on the ground sounding remarkably similar to what was coming out of Libya before the world rushed in to help the “rebels,” no one is making similar noises here.
I wonder why.
More than 250 people have reportedly been killed over five weeks in Syria, A.P. reports, without so much as a “Let’s Roll!” from the West.
There are similar deaths mounting in Yemen, which are also going deplored but unanswered by the West.
Yemeni authorities are now arresting defecting soldiers and military officers as “a brutal crackdown on more than two months of protests – including deadly sniper attacks – triggered a wave of key figures to abandon President Ali Abdullah Saleh,” A.P. reported.
Two people were killed in new protests Friday, including a 15-year-old who was struck in the eye by a bullet and bled to death, according to the report. Yemen’s government crackdown has killed nearly 130 protesters, according to Yemeni rights groups.
Where are the U.N. calls for a war crimes investigation? Why hasn’t the West rushed to the rescue?
And even in Pakistan, our good friend and ally, they are burying the latest person murdered for being Christian and for that alone.
But Zionism, not Islamism, is racist.
On Friday, A.P. reported “the body of Pakistan’s most recent Christian martyr is buried in its graveyard,” murdered recently by “Islamist militants,” otherwise known, in the pre-PC universe, as terrorists.
“You live with fear,” said one Christian math teacher. “You can’t express yourself.”
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