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Violence Threatens Egypt’s Post-Revolution Efforts

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Posted on May 8, 2011
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A Muslim-Christian unity logo appears on a banner at a celebration during Egypt’s January revolution.

Egypt’s transitional government has called an emergency meeting after violence believed to be sectarian broke out in a neighborhood near Cairo and left 10 people dead, hundreds injured and a church destroyed by fire.

The fight broke out in the Imbaba neighborhood after Muslim groups heard that a Christian woman was being prevented from converting to Islam. Members of a fundamentalist Muslim faction appear to be responsible for the attacks, but some observers claim the clash was encouraged by supporters of the ousted Mubarak regime who aim to sabotage the efforts of the transitional government. The army said 190 people were arrested in the violence and will face trial in military courts. —ARK

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Initials reports on Egyptian state TV said six Muslims and three Copts had been killed, and there were nearly 200 injured. The death toll later rose to 10. The army, sensitive to alarm about deteriorating security, was quick to announce that 190 people arrested in connection with the violence would be tried in military courts.

... Egyptian media described the attackers as Salafis, strictly fundamentalist Muslims who want to see the imposition of sharia law. The Salafis, often with links to Saudi Arabia, are seen as having gained prominence because security is far less repressive now than before the revolution. It is also widely believed that elements of the Hosni Mubarak regime are encouraging them.

... The incident was quickly condemned by the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s main Islamist group. “We should crack down on that violence and not let those people ruin what we achieved in the January revolution,” Essam El-Erian, the brotherhood spokesman, warned in a TV interview. “The Imbaba incident clearly shows that there are some people who are still working behind the scenes to ignite sectarian strife in Egypt.”

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By truedigger3, May 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm Link to this comment

Re: By Dr. O. P. Sudrania, May 10 at 2:48

Sudrania wrote:
“The survival of Coptics in Egypt is only because they are Christians - an ethnic group that is supported by the Western powerful society. Had it not been so, these haters would have eliminated them also to extinction.”

You are displaying your complete ignorance with the history of Egypt.  The Arabs entered Egypt more than 1400 years ago, and since then, the Copts survived without what you call the “Western powerful Society”.
The so called “Western powerful society”, using divide and rule tactics harmed the Copts tremendously.
The British created the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928 to oppose a completely secular nationalist movement to throw them out. The British conspired with the fanatic Muslim Brotherhood in the sporadic burning of churches. The British wanted to create division. Remember : “divide and rule!”
I agree that the Muslim Brotherhood and its more radical sister the Salafiyeen sect are a tremendous threat not only to the Copts but also to whole Egypt.
This is the time for cool heads from both Christians and Muslims in Egypt to resort to reason and put out the fire of division and fanaticism, otherwise Egypt will be destroyed and all Egyptians, whether they are Muslims or Christians will suffer tremendously. Time is running out.!
This is not the time for hate mongering.
By the way, no body cares whether you are a Dr. or not. This is irrelevant here.!!

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By Dr. O. P. Sudrania, May 10, 2011 at 2:48 am Link to this comment

Please permit me to point out more facts on Egypt and the Muslim mindset there or anywhere. This story about the Coptics in Egypt who are earlier inhabitants of Egypt after the Paganism was abolished, is nothing new either.

The survival of Coptics in Egypt is only because they are Christians - an ethnic group that is supported by the Western powerful society. Had it not been so, these haters would have eliminated them also to extinction. Let us count, “How many hindus, Jains, Buddhists, Zoroastrians, Jews, Ahamadis, Ismailis, Shias and etc are there”? And why not? Will the Muslim Brotherhood promise that they will like to invite all those societies in Egypt to make it more representative society and give them equal rights to practice their faith?

Muslims at large have to answer these questions if they claim their rights elsewhere. The rest of the world societies have to learn to open their mouths too. It must be a two way traffic.

God bless
Dr. O. P. Sudrania

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By Dr. O. P. Sudrania, May 10, 2011 at 2:34 am Link to this comment

The entire Muslim world is composed of small number of people forming an incohesive “nation” but even in that small group of people they are always at war with one pretext or the other. Because it is their basic inherent nature. Why the name “Muslim Brotherhood” at all? Why not a “Secular Brotherhood”? Because the Book doesn’t allow tolerance of any other system and the words like “Secularism, Democracy” are not in the Book.

Muslim Brotherhood like any other Islamist groups, are a bunch of intolerant psychopathic morons who only
believe in force and hate. The present behavior of Muslim Brotherhood is nothing but a Taqqiya charade. Once they come in power, their only aim is to impose Sharia by hook or crook. We all know, “What is Sharia”
needing no introduction.

They are blaming the Salafees but they are all the same behind the doors till they get the power. One will, I hope not, see their real face that is available in countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan and etc.

God bless
Dr. O. P. Sudrania

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By Blackspeare, May 9, 2011 at 11:30 am Link to this comment

Gerard…interesting comment.

But you have to understand that the Muslim Brotherhood will
use whatever means it can to achieve it’s ends to dominate
whether it’s peaceful or violent.  To the Brotherhood non-
violent access to achieve domination means one person, one
vote, one time!

By the way, where Copts and Muslims live in mixed
neighborhoods they get along just fine.  It’s only the
Brotherhood that makes trouble.

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By rico, suave, May 8, 2011 at 7:21 pm Link to this comment

Dateline: Philadelphia, July 5, 1776- “Violence Threatens Colonies’ Post-Independence Efforts”


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By gerard, May 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm Link to this comment

Coptic Christians in Egypt have long been targets of radical Islamists.  But beyond this historical prejudice, the non-violent nature of the recent Egyptian rebellion has raised another possibility:  The desire for widespread resistance against nonviolence itself, and an attempt by any means to undermine its validity and relative success. 

As nonviolent strategy and tactics become more widely recognized and used, the forces of militarism
will feel themselves increasingly threatened. Their fears of extinction and decreasing public influence will cause reactive behavior of all kinds in the hope of holding onto power and a belief in the validity of wiolence as the “only answer” to demands for social change.  This reactive reliance on the ancient techniques of force can be seen at play in the hands of all dictatorial governments everywhere, particularly now in the Middle East. Their violence is increased by their fear of loss of power.
  If and when the Muslim Brotherhood brings their membership “up to speed” on the benefits of nonviolent methods in promoting democratic social change, a huge step forward will be in the making.

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