Beyond the Cusp

July 1, 2016

Brexit Opposition Proves There is but One Side

 

Both progressives and conservatives are ridiculing the British for voting to leave the European Union (EU) and reestablish their borders, control of their economy and implementing their own independent immigration law as well as seeking their own trade deals. All of these and more were denied Britain while mired in the EU. There should have been less surprise as the British have for all their history been an independent sort and always a bit apart from the rest of Europe. But there was another item which has become very evident since the Brexit vote, almost everybody was piling on the scorn all claiming that the British had gone absolutely and madly insane voting to leave the bureaucracy that is the EU because the cold and moderating decision making by the overlords in Brussels simply was and always would be superior than anything any elected government can produce because elected governments often change between conservative and progressive thus often working against themselves alternating directions as the governing coalitions change back and forth. This had, for reasons that escape us, brought out condemnations from progressive leftists and right wing conservatives which are an unusual occurrence as these two sides never seem to agree on anything. So, what is at work here to get these presumably opposing sides of the political arena to agree?

 

There has been a theory which is often relegated to the perpetually discontented that there is little difference between the two opposing parties in the United States, the Republicans and the Democrats. The only difference is the speed in which they are driving off the cliff. They claim the left is Thelma and Louise at the end of the movie driving off the cliff with the foot to the floor going as fast as the vehicle will go while the right are driving in a Model A Ford which is only capable of going 35 MPH thus creeps over the cliff, but over the cliff both sides are taking us. We are somewhat less familiar with the particulars of European politics but are willing to bet that Europe too had its perpetual malcontents who feel the same way, just with more parties to blame. Then there is the Israeli politics where if you are happy with the government, just wait a few minutes and it will pass. But the editorial cartoons, editorial articles and even what today passes for news reports all questioned the sanity of the British body politic, or at least those voting on Brexit favorably. No matter what newspaper or news broadcast and the vast majority of talking heads all were scratching their heads and completely gob-smacked over the yay vote on the Brexit referendum. Some even went so far as to question the sanity of David Cameron in keeping his promise to hold a public referendum over remaining in the EU as promised during the campaign. One must respect David Cameron for holding himself to keep what he promised after his party won an outright majority thus not requiring their forming a coalition with another party on who they could claim demanded no referendum as a condition for joining the coalition. Sometimes winning is losing and the Brexit vote was exactly that because the Conservative Party won an outright majority making Cameron Prime Minister and leading to Brexit, forcing Cameron’s resignation.

 

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All the immediate ramifications aside, the reality is the reactions to Brexit passing has revealed that there are things that the left and the right can come together on, even if they did so independently with their shock, amazement and disapproval of the British decision to leave the EU. Some who came out a little upset had previously denounced the EU bureaucracy as a dictatorial menace threatening all of Europe with its edicts and such and now they were lamenting that Brexit could signal the end of the EU many guessing who would be the next to leave the sinking ship which was obviously the EU. We have our reservations on this automatically leading to the death of the EU as there will always be a remaining core even if France were to depart. Brussels can always count on Germany remaining along with Belgium along with Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Italy, Greece and likely others as other than Britain the other nations mostly retired their currencies in favor of the Euro so leaving the EU would leave them facing a potentially cost prohibitive task of recreating the national currency. The previous paper currency would probably need updating or face an untenable threat of counterfeiting as their older bills probably lack the newer intricacies newer paper money use to prevent easy counterfeiting of their money. Still, if a nation planned their leaving of the EU, plus the fact that exiting the EU can take at least two years, an exit could be managed providing the government was stable enough that they would not need fear too many challenges. But what would possibly be the promise the EU proffered that would be so tempting to both ends of the political spectrum that there would be such agreement?

 

Many people probably have long forgotten one of the selling points originally given for the establishing of the precursor and then finally the making of the EU. The theory was that this was going to be the making of a “United States of Europe” which could rival the United States in economic force and be able to hold their own against the United States and also China on the world market. This was probably wishful thinking but there was a secondary reason spoken of in whispers and hushed tones as if it were some taboo subject, one which must not be permitted the light of day. The EU was to be another unifying economic and governance organization. The United States already represented one of the “great blocs” and the EU would be the next such bloc and it was thought that Russia and China with a few satellites would be a third and this would leave Africa, the Middle East and South America to form one or two other blocs. The oil cartel OPEC came to be seen as one and the South America trading bloc which to a limited extent included India made another loosely grouped bloc. The aim behind the EU was for them to challenge the United States in the coming unifying of these blocs going forward in the next stages where these trading blocs would also begin to take on governing as the EU had with bureaucrats smoothing out any differences allowing for unifications of currencies, trading and governance. Eventually these separate blocs would start to merge into one world-wide trading bloc leading to a unified governing bloc and soon thereafter a world body of bureaucrats who arranged trading formalities and mechanisms which also controlled a unified currency and would supersede the individual government through holding a veto power over legislations and the first task the bureaucrats would face would be unifying the legal systems and laws beginning with trade laws, tariffs and expand from there. The eventual aim was to be that new world order which would be called anything other than new world order, but it would be a world government which would be made up of experts and specialists who would be given the powers and other needful supervisory roles which would grow until the system was inescapable and all national borders would slowly be erased and the world would be unified into one super-governance.

 

There would be a few nations who would require additional pressures in order to force them into the mold of a singular ruling bureaucracy. The United States, Canada and originally, and once again, Britain would be the potential standouts whose strong self-defining histories would make incorporating them into such a system would present special problems. The idea that the Islamic world was not also viewed as a potential set of difficulties is another overlooked problem. Then there was one other nation that from all the lists and presumed alliances and the institutions which were to be formed and slowly merged all left out one nation. They were most definitely refused an alliance in the Middle East, Europe would not offer them a hand, they were nowhere near Asia and the United States had more often than not been in an adversarial role despite accusations of the United States being all but controlled by this nation and Africa and South America likely have no intention of including them. That troublesome country would be Israel. Europe has admitted Israel into projects if Israel adds far more than anyone could argue that they were not an asset to the aims, and thus Israel is accepted in order to advance European interests. With Brexit the world has thankfully taken a giant step back from bureaucratic Gehenna and potential liberty and freedom have taken a step towards safekeeping into the future.

 

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December 12, 2014

Dastardly Promises Following Formation of a Palestinian State

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European Nations are falling in line either giving actual recognition to an Arab state to be carved out of Israel or recommending in a hollow but still highly symbolic votes by their parliaments of empty proclamations intended to persuade their Prime Minister to officially change their stance away from demanding that the only solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict be one reached by the reconciliation formed agreement in a formal treaty by the two sides. The European Union has been flirting with recognizing a new Arab state carved from Israel but has refrained from such recognition apparently waiting for a supermajority of the member states to formally grant their blessings recognizing that Arab state. The slow wave which has started in Europe will eventually inundate the continent and be adopted formally by the European Union as a response to the growing and oft violent population of young Arabs.

 

Emanating from Turkey, North Africa, the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan, these immigrants have begun to demonstrate, often with varying degrees of civil unrest and violence. Sometimes this violence is targeted at Jewish institutions including synagogues, kosher food outlets and other known Jewish owned stores and the stores which have a large Jewish patronage. The reasoning behind European governments kowtowing before the violent ‘Day of Rage’, anti-Zionist and anti-Israel demonstrations and taking stands against Israel is simple survival instinct which is present in more than individuals, but also found in national bodies, populations and entire nations and their governments. These recognitions were rooted in fear of continued violence from the Arab and Muslim populations and further inspired against Israel, as a byproduct, the nations’ Jews, because Arab Muslims tend to demonstrate, often violently. Alternately, Jews seldom demonstrate instead relying on their utilization of close contacts and direct influence trusting their friendships and relations with the numerous people they have known for some time and have built up a degree of confidence and who have proven their high degree of support for Israel and the nation’s Jewish population. History has proven that while many a revolution is inspired resorting to violence only sparingly, it is those who are willing to utilize violence who in the end take control.

 

Historically there are numerous examples where in the end those willing to utilize violence proved to win the hearts and minds of the people and came to power. Going back to the French Revolution you had two groups who desired the overthrow of the monarchy replacing it with a representative republic. The French Revolution is often referred to as having two distinctive stages; the first, which was by far less violent, was performed between the bourgeois and the nobility while the second, which proved to be very violent, pitted the proletariat fighting the bourgeois and executing to permanently destroy the royalty and the extravagances of the royal court. Eventually a government was formed around Robespierre and the use of the guillotine became prolific. Eventually even the members of the initial revolt are classified as enemies of the new governance; The Weimar Republic lasted briefly before their governance over Germany was replaced by the Nazi war machine. Similarly, the governance of Russia soon after they replaced the rule of the Czars with a representative government, it also was itself overturned by the Communist Revolution. Even the United States after gaining their freedom from Britain went through a phase of governance which failed called the Confederated States of America which failed and was rapidly replaced by the Constitutional United States of America and the rest is history.

 

You are likely asking what relevance this has concerning the formation of an Arab state to exist and provide independence for the Arabs between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea where there was presumably to be an Arab state beside Israel. The eventual governance for the Arabs in all of their claimed lands which would necessarily stand beside Israel was given a trial run when the Israeli government withdrew all Israelis living in Gaza as well as every last security and military presence intending that the Gaza would be the initial opportunity for the future rule should Israel depart all of Judea and Samaria allowing for this newest Arab governance to rule independently from any Israeli limitations, influences or interference. The Palestinian rule over this newest trial for Arab independent governance was soon violently overturned by Hamas who immediately forced the removal and surrender of the Palestinian rulers and replaced them with a terrorist run entity in Gaza.

 

Even now with the presumed unifying of the Arab state under the Palestinian Authority governance which itself is not legitimate as they have refused to stand for election of the top spot of chairman of the governance in Judea and Samaria. Further, the Arab state existing currently under a unity governance still has limited control over Gaza despite the presumed fact that Hamas has relinquished control there. What everything has presumably been set-up to provide was to be the governing Arab entity in Judea and Samaria with its capital city being East Jerusalem extending its rule of law to include all of Gaza replacing the current Hamas government. The evidence is that as soon as the Israeli security forces and Israeli Defense Force (IDF) were removed by undisclosed manner, then the Arab governance would very soon after this formation be assumed and placed under control of Hamas which would near immediately establish the terror-based governance in all of the Arab controlled areas. This would extensively be a training and launching pad for a new Arab terror based entity similar in some ways to Somalia with one clarifying difference, this time the terrorism would be forming on Europe’s doorstep. We have already witnessed this exact scenario subsequent to the Israeli disengagement from Gaza which resulted in Hamasistan and would be repeated simply on a larger scale should the European rush to recognize an Arab state immediately or even in the near future as the children have all been indoctrinated with a zealous hatred for Israel, the Israeli public and the Jews within most of all who also are trained terrorists, something proven almost daily within Israel and the territories it currently provides protection.

 

The world has witnessed the ineffectiveness that the presumably now terror free government worked and what the preference of the people was when they were provided the opportunity for self-rule. This reality has been rejected and a false truth put in its place. The world had demanded that any Arab state to be drawn from within the areas Israel possessed after the Six Day War, which was a defensive war brought upon Israel by the combined armies of Egypt and Syria through the strangling of Israeli maritime access to all of the Red Sea and through it to the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean and beyond, be one based on an agreement between the Arabs and Israel, a condition no longer enforced and regarded as having no real and tangible existence except as an entity which the Western world can feel comfortable leaving in charge of these lands in the name of the Arab population. Never mind that Hamas, financially backed by Qatar and armed by Iran and Hezballah, is the true and elected leadership of this Arab state being forced into existence regardless of any political or ethical blindness being practiced by the Europeans and knowing full well what the results will be once Israel is forced to remove her thus far legal troops and established cities, townships, farms, factories, vineyards, schools, clinics and other treasures as the Europeans seeing this will finally be ready to turn the keys of these areas in the presence of a terrorist entity capable and ready to assume leadership over the entirety of this newly recognized entity on their doorstep. Should it be a direct challenge of Israeli existence and be envisioned to be the entity which will bring forth the end of Israel as the Jewish state, then all the better. This little fact may be the main reason that so many across Europe are actually almost anxious to form next dysfunctional terror training and launching pad.

 

But wait, there’s more! There is another little disastrous secret being ignored just as was the man behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz, as he was pulling the levers controlling the visage of the all and powerful Oz. This little trivial item is the nearly six-million Arab refugees who have been the truly oppressed victims of the Arab perfidy and plotting. These unfortunates have been trained in UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) schools which are a front for military training and indoctrination done using American and European funds primarily. This near six-million man military force will be moved into Samaria and Judea vastly increasing the current population of the Palestinians and providing a ready army for the final push into Israel. Immediately after these near six-million refugees, actually the descendants of the original under seven-hundred-fifty-thousand initial refugees in 1949 after the war launched by over a half-dozen Arab and Muslim nations against the nascent state of Israel. These forces held genocidal intent which was averted only by the fighting spirit of these mostly Jewish forces fighting what is referred to in Israel by its sanitary name, the War of Independence. These refugees have the distinction of preceding the eventual forcing of Jews who in the end numbered over eight-hundred-fifty-thousand Jews forced from their home countries, some of which had lived in these lands longer than Islam has existed in this world. Their other difference is what distinguishes Palestinian Arab refugees, the little fact that these refugees are the children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren of the original refugees who inherited their refugee status and will, in good time, pass their status on to their children and over and over in perpetuity.

 

Upon the arrival of these refugees, the Arab governance will declare there is insufficient space to take in these refugees, who are, after all, entitled to their homes and lands within Israel across the Green Line which is the determining demarcation from the ending point of the 1948-9 war where Israel defended her inaugural coming out party followed the very next morning with a war intended to annihilate all of Israel which Israel not only survived but secured lands in addition to those she held at the initial point of the conflict. This in and of itself was one of the most astonishing miracles ever to be witnessed by mankind, yet at the same time there are conspiracies to erase such miracles, miracles one can witness daily if they only open their eyes and watch the world throughout Israel. These, they will say, are the returning refugees made homeless by Jewish theft of their homes and lands all within the boundaries of Israel. As such, it will be claimed these unfortunate refugees, whose families have so adamantly held to the dream of reestablishing their communities, will once again enjoy the benefits of ownership of their lands once again.

 

And then there are the hundreds of thousands of shekels owed each and every one of these refugees to compensate them to rebuild their home and farms plus hundreds of millions, potentially hundreds of billions, trillion or more to compensate them for their misery and pains of being held in substandard refugee camps not allowed to live as a normal individual and being cheated out of so much life and all the little treasures. Immediately the European Union and numerous European nations will petition the United Nations, the International Criminal Court (ICC) and any other agency or court which they believe holds powers to adjudicate the crimes and insults heaped upon these wretched unfortunates and to figure the debt owed these people by Israel and exactly what lands are truly owned and owed to these tragic figures. And lest we forget, think of the deluge of front page and above the fold pictures of the faces of young and old refugees crying tears of joy mixed with the tragedy of learning their family home has been destroyed or is now inhabited by another Arab or, potentially worse, a Jew and that their farmlands now sit beneath a mall’s parking garage. Oh the stories of great plights and sufferings which will accompany every edition covering this tragedy which just screams for the world to set everything right. So what if some Israelis will lose everything as that is only fair as they knowingly stole the lands on which they live and should simply be returned to the lands from which they arrived, let alone the fact that many of those Israeli Jews were born in Israel and have lived nowhere else.

 

Eventually the Europeans and the rest of the world will reach the sole solution to this tragic situation. It will be decided in international courts, the United Nations General Assembly, the United Nations Security Council and countless NGOs and Arab and Muslim organizations and political bodies that the best solution would be to force the Jews from Israel sending them to whatever nation will permit them residence and the lands of Israel should be granted to these refugees. The fit is near perfect as there are an estimated six-million refugees and Israel has just over six million Jewish citizens. Why do I get such a sinking feeling as we discuss a potential solution affecting six-mission Jews and at the hands of the European nations no less. The problem will be where these Jews will be accepted as they now pay the price for attempting to steal the birthrights to the ancient lands of these Arab peoples whose leadership has claimed have a nine-thousand year history of unbroken ownership of these lands and that they are not really of Arab descent but rather are the remnants of the Phoenician peoples. The one assured fact is that none of the European nations in all their fairness and humanitarian drives which served them so well in reestablishment of the Arabs to the lands they deserve will permit even a single Jews to be resettled within their borders. The end result may be six-million Jews living on rejuvenated World War II warships taken from numerous United States Navy ship graveyards and stripped of their guns and painted in bright and cheerful colors, after all it would be horrible to place these newly minted international refugees who have suddenly found themselves drifting in doubt as they are now a people without a nation. They will have become the new Palestinian people who have had their homelands stolen from under their feet.

 

And lastly, I would like to set one claim straight which I came across this past week. It was commented and simply then accepted as valid that the Palestinians are the sole people on the face of this planet who have been denied their own homelands. That is so patently false on so many levels. First and foremost; there are no such things and Palestinian people and those claiming to be such are merely Arabs from the nations surrounding the western quarter of the British Mandate lands. Further, about their exclusivity; let us just simply name a few people more unique and truly deserving of having their longstanding claims and demands for their freedom from being lorded over by some nation which views them as usurpers attempting to bring about the downfall of the real occupying nations. The Kurdish people were promised the return of Kurdistan by the British during World War I and immediately after until it came time to draw the borders of the Ottoman Empire which resulted in what should have been the Kurdish homelands we find those lands divided between Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. Then there is the small matter of Tibet and its Chinese conquerors. Free Tibet! Another such example is the Basques whose traditional lands have been divided between Spain and France. The Berbers also have had their traditional homelands usurped by the Arab and Muslim lands which resulted by the redrawing of so much of the globe, especially the efforts after World War I with Sykes-Picot Agreement which divided the lands liberated from the Ottoman Empire after their defeat in World War I by the French, British and Italian victors and signed into effect on May 9, 1916. This was not the sole redrawing of the world’s maps as the dissolving of the Austria-Hungarian Empire in east-central Europe led to a redrawing of a large swath of Europe after World War I.

 

Then there are the numerous peoples living as part of a larger entity which much of the world lumps it all together under one unit or name, such a Great Britain, while other nations have simply absorbed entire nations such as the numerous Native American tribes subsumed by the United States during their period of expansions and short diversion into colonialism. The same to a lesser extent could be claimed about Canada as one does not grow to include so much majestic and beautiful lands without crossing over a few boundaries, virtually every country on the Earth today displaced some peoples if one only goes all the ways back to even potentially some distant prehistory. Simply put, the Jews return to their ancient homelands are not throwing anybody out of their ancestral lands as that act was perpetrated almost thirty-five centuries ago when the Israelites (what Jews were referred to at that time as the term Jew comes from Judea which was the southernmost tribe which successfully resisted the attempts to conquer its lands) conquered the Promised Lands from the Canaanites whom they destroyed down to the last sheep as the Israelites were instructed presumably to completely destroy the Canaanites in a manner to cleanse the lands from their sinful ways and to satisfy the demands of the L0rd and to cleanse the lands of the sins committed.

 

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August 23, 2013

Same Old Egypt but New Targets

Some are wondering why the current violence in Egypt has been restricted to mostly victimizing the Coptic Christians while there are no reports of any other religiously persecuted groups. Most obvious by their absence as victims of the current violence in Egypt are the Jews. The reasons behind this require a quick refreshing look at recent history since 1948 and the founding of Israel. Upon the founding of the Jewish State of Israel on May 14, 1948 Egypt was one of the numbers of Arab nations which declared war intending to eradicate both the nation and Jewish people of Israel. At the time of the founding of the State of Israel there were approximately 75,000 Jews residing in Egypt. After years of pogroms, bombings, riots and other violence the Jewish population had seen 40% of their population emigrate by 1950. This reduced the number of Jews left residing in Egypt to around 45,000 with most of them residing in either Alexandria or Cairo. The next major event was the 1956 Suez War where French, British and Israeli forces attacked Egypt in order to force Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser to reopen the Suez Canal to international shipping after he had nationalized the canal and began denying western shipping the use of this vital waterway. Subsequent to this conflict it was announced that the “all Jews are Zionists and enemies of the state,” and would soon be expelled. After this declaration some one-thousand Jews were arrested and imprisoned while nearly half the remaining Egyptian Jews fled Egypt for Israel, Europe and the Americas. Upon leaving these Jews were forced to sign declarations that they were leaving voluntarily and had agreed to the confiscation of their wealth, property and other assets. This left a mere 25,000 Jews living in Egypt with a large percentage of this population being elderly. The final event came after the 1967 Six Day War which began with Egypt closing the Straits of Tiran, massing troops and armor divisions on the Israeli border along with Syria massing on Israel’s northern border both nations threatening immediate annihilation of the Jewish State. Israel responded to this casus-belli with a preemptive assault defeating both enemies plus Jordan who declared war on Israel soon after hostilities began. After the Six Day War almost all the remaining Jews were forced to emigrate after having their wealth, properties and anything of value confiscated while some of the male Jews above the age of eighteen were imprisoned and tortured for three to five years and then made to leave Egypt. There is now but a tiny remnant remains numbering under one hundred all of which are aged with no younger generations of Jews so once these few die there will be no Jews remaining in Egypt.

 

So, when religious violence broke out after the removal of President Morsi by the Egyptian military there was not a sufficient population of Jews to target which left only the Coptic Christians and Shiite Muslims for the Sunni members of the Muslim Brotherhood to victimize. This is the main driving reason for the seeming singular persecution of the Coptic Christian population as they number anywhere from five to twelve million persons depending on which source one chooses. Even at the lowest estimate of around five million the Coptic Christians far outnumber the under one-hundred remaining aged Jews. The Coptic Christian population also far outnumbers the Shiite Muslim Population in Egypt as there are estimated to be anywhere from a few thousands to as many as eight million with the recognized number being around one million. So, now that we have discussed the numbers which reveal and make obvious the reason behind why we are hearing about violence against the Coptic population in Egypt and not about any violence against Jews or Shiite Muslims whose numbers are quite small by comparison, it honestly is all about availability of people to target. No matter the reason underlying the victimization of Coptic Christians and the destruction of their churches, monasteries, businesses, homes and other properties as well as the assaults, murders, and forced conversion and marrying young Coptic women to Muslim men, often to men far older than the woman and under threat of torturing and killing of their families in order to force compliance, human compassion and especially Christian compassion needs to spur action to protect the victims from such crimes fueled purely by hatred and religious persecution.

 

As horrid the pictures and news out of Egypt reporting of the violence and destruction of the Coptic population and property in Egypt may be, it pales when compared to the silence and complete lack of action by the remainder of the Christian world in response to the violence being perpetrated on their fellow Christians. What makes this passivity in the face of Christian persecution is made all the worse when one realized that the Coptic Christians are the descendants of some of the oldest Christian communities dating their origins to their being brought to Christendom by Saint Mark in the city of Alexandria in the year 42AD. This victimization of the Coptic Christians should serve as a warning for all Christendom as to their future should Israel ever be destroyed thus leaving the Christian populations as the largest and often sole non-Muslim population throughout much of the Middle East and the rest of the Arab and Muslim worlds. What is currently befalling the Coptic Christians in Egypt is the same fate that awaits the Christians within Israel and in a slightly lesser extent already befallen the Christians in the Palestinian controlled areas of Gaza and the West Bank. One need not look any further than the numbers of Christians residing in Bethlehem where in 1947 the Christians made up 85% of Bethlehem’s population which declined by 1998 to a mere 40% of Bethlehem’s population. There are differing numbers pertaining to the numbers of Christians remaining in Bethlehem today but most agree they are now less than one quarter of the population and still in decline. Researching Christian population numbers throughout the Middle East and North Africa one will realize that the Christian population has been generally in decline across the entire area and their numbers decreased at a greatly accelerated rate once the Jewish population either emigrated or was otherwise diminished to a point where the Jewish numbers were negligible. The sole nation which attests to an increasing number of Christians is Israel despite the falling numbers in the Palestinian controlled areas, whether controlled by the Palestinians Authority or Hamas. The only advice history might provide Christians at this point in history is they need to protect their fellow Christians who are under assault which currently is most obvious in Egypt where open hostilities are on display and the Coptic Christians are helpless victims. It is time for all Christians to protest the victimization of the Coptic Christians and put aside any differences their particular sect may have with the Coptic Christians as such things are of little importance when Christian lives are on the line. If the world’s Christians are unable to protect the Coptic Christians within Egypt then it is dependent upon the Christians to provide the Coptic Christians a path to escape the Egyptian violence and to provide welcoming arms to care and assist fellow Christians to pick up their lives and make a new start. What else can be said other than it is the Christian thing to do.

 

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