Syria and Egypt are dying. They were dying before the Syrian civil war broke out and before the Muslim Brotherhood took power in Cairo. They are dying because they chose not to do what China did: move the better part of a billion people from rural backwardness to a modern urban economy within a generation.
It was obvious to anyone who troubled to examine the data that Egypt could not maintain a bottomless pit in its balance of payments, created by a 50% dependency on imported food, not to mention an energy bill fed by subsidies that consumed a quarter of the national budget. It was obvious to Israeli analysts that the Syrian regime's belated attempt to modernize its agricultural sector would create a crisis as hundreds of thousands of displaced farmers gathered in slums on the outskirts of its cities.
It is cheap to assuage Western consciences by sending some surplus arms to the Syrian Sunnis. No-one has proposed a way to find the more than US$20 billion a year that Egypt requires to stay afloat. Egypt remains a pre-modern society, with nearly 50% illiteracy, a 30% rate of consanguineal marriage, a 90% rate of female genital mutilation, and an underemployment rate over 40%. As malnutrition afflicts roughly a quarter of Egyptians in the World Health Organization's estimate, and the Muslim Brotherhood's government was waiting for a bumper wheat crop that never will come. Egypt is slowly dying.
Even if the Sunnis could eject the Assad family from Damascus and establish a new government -- which I doubt -- the best case scenario would be another Egypt: a Muslim Brotherhood government presiding over a collapsed economy and sliding inevitably towards state failure. It is too late even for this kind of arrangement. Equalizing the military position of the two sides will merely increase the body count.
The Christian residents were offered four choices:
- Renounce the ''idolatry'' of Christianity and convert to Islam;
- Pay a heavy tribute to the Muslims for the privilege of keeping their heads and their Christian faith (this tribute is known as jizya);
- Be Killed !
- Flee for their lives, leaving all their belongings behind.
|Syrian Muslim Rebel|
The Egyptians have put a different twist on this abhorrent attitude and its on the rise. They have a jihad on Christian children, both boys and girls. Take for example these incidents: Last month, ten year old Sameh George, an alter boy at the Coptic church of At. Abdul Masih (Servant of Christ) in Minya, Egypt. was kidnapped by ''unknown persons'' while on his way to church to participate in Holy Day prayers. His parents and family reported that it was his custom to go to church and worship in the evening, but when he didn't return They began to panic when they received an anonymous phone call from the kidnappers, saying they had Sameh and would execute him unless they received 250,000 Egyptian pounds in ransom money.
And about a month before this latter incident, yet another Coptic boy, twelve year old Abanoub Ashraf was also kidnapped right in front of his church. His abductors, four men, put a knife to his throat and dragged him into their car and sped away. Later they called his family demanding a ransom for the boy's life. While the immediate motive behind these kidnappings is money, another purpose appears to be to frighten families from sending their children to church. Considering that some Egyptian Islamic clerics deem church attendance as worse than attending bars and brothels, the kidnappers likely deem this the ''altruistic'' side of their greed and hate.
|Missing Egyptian Coptic Girls|
A few weeks earlier, another fourteen year old girl was abducted on her way to school and smuggled across the border to Libya (where Coptic Christians are being brutalized with the help of the Interior Ministry. In the last few years, some 550 cases of abduction, entrapment, rape, and forced conversion of Christian women have been documented in Egypt. Their rate has only increased after the ''Arab Spring'' and the empowerment of the Muslim Brotherhood-- which has seen a concomitant rise in sexual harassment of ALL Egyptian women. Ironically, when the scumbag Morsi was in Germany last February, he was asked about this issue of victimized Coptic girls, he responded by saying ''that the idea that they were being abducted and abused was merely a rumor.'' Good riddance to Morsi!!
The Way I See It....forced conversion of Coptic girls, which started four decades ago, has dramatically escalated after January 2011 (when the ''Arab Spring'' reached Egypt), shows a clear pattern of events that point to well organized ''hidden hands'' behind the process. Amazingly, the collusion of Egypt's security as well as judiciary authorities--in defiance of the existing laws concerning minors--shows the extent of the scheme. It is part of a way of attrition against the Copts in their own ancient homeland.
Thus, as with any number of recent indicators--including an unprecedented assault on their holiest sits and the codification of legal measures to oppress them--the jihad on the children of Egypt's Christian minority is yet another indicator that a rapidly Islamizing Egypt is hostile to its oldest and most indigenous inhabitants, the Copts, and, as happened to the Jews before them, an example of such a retrograde future if the young secular Egyptians can't finally get the democratic government they fought so hard for. Then that light of Equality will shine so bright that world governments might find it easier to come to its rescue.