Saturday, May 27, 2017


No Saturday Night music this time, since I do not consider it appropriate after first the slaughter in Manchester and then the murder of 28 Coptic Christians - among them children - on their way to a Monastery some 100 kilometers south of Cairo last Thursday.

Over at Fox News, Leia Gilbert reports:

"... The first thing I read on Friday morning was that 28 Egyptians in the Sinai had been murdered by terrorists, with more than 20 others wounded. And my first thought was clear and to the point:

Maybe this will finally wake up the Egyptian authorities.

The grisly attack, carried out with firearms, took place on an isolated road in the Sinai desert – a sparsely populated region of Egypt where some believe ISIS is setting up a new base of operations in the wake of their losses in Iraq and Egypt.

The victims belonged to a church group of Coptic Christians and many of them were children. They were on their way to pray at the Monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor.

Coptic scholar Samuel Tadros described the scene in the New York Times, “The terrorists waited on the road like game hunters. Coming their way were three buses, one with Sunday school children. Only three of them survived. Their victims were asked to recite the Islamic declaration of faith before being shot.”

Of course it wasn’t the first attack on Egypt’s Christians this year. It seems like just yesterday when, on Palm Sunday, two Cairo churches were bombed, and during those twin assaults a total of 45 people were killed and 126 injured.

Maybe this will finally wake up the Egyptian authorities, I remember thinking at the time...."

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Mrs Gilbert then elaborates on the string of muslim terror attacks against Egypt's around 9 million strong minority of Coptic Christians over the past few years. Go ahead, read it all...

And she concludes:

“Egypt's military fought back against the attackers who stormed a bus full of Coptic Christians and killed 28 people on their way to a monastery to pray, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Friday.”

“The Egyptian military struck bases where the attackers had trained, the president said without elaborating. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but Egypt’s Coptic Christians have become the preferred target of the Islamic State in the region.”

Is it too much to believe that this most recent bloodshed, particularly targeting children, has finally awakened the Egyptian authorities?

We can hope. And we can certainly pray. But only time will tell."

Etc etc etc etc etc. I am sorry, but I'm long past such naiveté. I do believe that General al-Sisi himself is a somewhat decent character. But I have absolutely zero confidence in Egypt's military, and/or it's ability and willingness to protect Christian Egyptians. Without a shred of doubt, a substantial part of the top brass, and perhaps a majority in the lower ranks, doesn't give a hoot about what happens to their Christian compatriots, and/or are secretly (or not so secretly) facilitating terrorist attacks against Copts themselves.

Let us pray for the victims. Apart from that, I have but a couple of recommendations to make to Egypt's Copts: DON'T trust your state, and DON'T trust your muslim neighbors.

Learn to defend yourself, and hit back hard and merciless.


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