Existuje jasnější důkazu o islamizaci Egypta než skutečnost, že nikdy neuběhne více než pár týdnů, než je zničen nějaký další kostel, a nebo tamější křesťané znovu napadeni?”
Soon after Sunday’s Maspero massacre, where the Egyptian military slaughtered Christians demonstrating over the destruction of their churches—including by running them over with armored vehicles—some Egyptian media began reporting that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, having seen enough, declared that the U.S. plans on directly intervening in Egypt.
Is er nog een duidelijker signaal nodig om te laten zien dat Egypte snel fundamentalistisch wordt dan het feit dat er geen week voorbij gaat, zonder dat er een kerk vernield wordt of dat christenen worden aangevallen of zelfs door het leger worden afgeslacht?
Sunday, the Egyptian military opened fire on thousands of Christians protesting in Maspero, Cairo. In the words of one Christian eyewitness, armored vehicles “came at great speed and drove into the crowds, going backwards and forwards, mowing people under their wheels. The most horrible scene was when one of the vehicles ran over a Copt’s [Christian’s] head, causing his brain to explode and blood was all over the place. We got a clear message today that we are no first class citizens.”
What clearer sign that Egypt is turning rabidly Islamist than the fact that hardly a few weeks go by without a church being destroyed, or without protesting Christians being attacked and slaughtered by the military?
As one ponders the fate of Yousef Nadarkhani, the Iranian pastor on death row for refusing to renounce Christianity, it is well to reflect that, for all the talk that Islam is perpetually “misunderstood,” it is actually immensely predictable and consistent; not only do its patterns cross time and space, but their manifestations are often identical.
Tidligere denne måned deltog jeg i Koptisk Solidaritets Halvårlige Konference i Washington D.C. med temaet: “Vil religiøse og etniske minoriteter betale prisen for ‘det arabiske forår’? Paneldeltagerne inkluderede specialister på Mellemøsten, prominente medlemmer af det koptiske samfund og andre minoritetsledere fra den muslimske verden, herunder kurdere, berbere og sudanesiske animister.
Finding and connecting similar patterns of behavior throughout Islamic history is one of the most objective ways of determining whether something is or is not part of Muslim civilization.
Historically, non-Muslims whose lands were seized by the jihad had three choices: conversion, dhimmitude, or death. Today, however, they have a fourth option largely unavailable to their forbears: quit their lands of origin—emigrate—the latest testimony to the nature of Islam.
In a globalized world where debate and diplomacy predominate, there is one sure way to discern the sincerity of any particular government: see how it behaves at home, where it is in power; see especially how it treats its minorities.