Violence against Christians in Egypt: "If you don't leave... you will all die."
admin | On 05, Aug 2012
Sadly, it seems as if most areas in the Middle East are rather incapable of having a revolution, driven by law and good morals, resulting in peace and freedom. Instead, when a Middle Eastern revolution occurs, it’s just one bully being traded for another. In Egypt’s case, this is not only what is happening on a national level, but is also what is occurring on a local level as well. Now that the massive Muslim faction is now free to let their old grudges fester and their actions run wild and unchecked, the Christians are becoming the targets.
The Blaze reports on an incident, which started over a wrinkled shirt, and resulted on Christians fleeing from their homes and for their lives:
Dahshour’s entire Christian community – as many as 100 families some estimate – fled to nearby towns in the violence earlier this week. The flock’s priest, cloaked in a white sheet to hide him, was taken out in a police van. At least 16 homes and properties of Christians were pillaged and some torched and a church damaged.”
Before the revolution, the police were able to maintain law and order, but the ouster of the current government left the state weakened. Like clockwork, a weakened state has led to anarchy. Anarchy is merely the rule of those who are strongest (or are more numerous). Christians make up only 10% of the Egyptian population, so naturally, they will become instant objects of oppression.
Police forces have been weakened and often don’t carry out their duties. Islamists have been emboldened, and in an atmosphere of lawlessness, Muslims and Christians alike seemingly feel freer in unleashing prejudices that were kept in check in the past.”
During anarchy, there is no ‘due process of law’, which means that when one Christian does something that Muslims deem to be wrong, then all the Christians in the village must be punished:
Rage was also largely confined to the family of the killer, but now, the AP reports, angry Muslims are considering the entire Christian community as subject to retaliation.
“Collective retribution is the most dangerous and most likely (form of violence) to spread over time … beyond the site of violence,” Bahgat said.”
The Christians from this village may not be able to return to their ransacked homes for a very long time, especially considering that there may not be enough police to hold back the hordes.
“They said if you don’t leave the village, you will all die,” Shehata recalled. Aside from the anger over the young man’s death, there was economic jealousy because local Christians are seen as better off, he said. Moreover, some Islamists used the occasion to ignite deep-seated biases against Christians and their local priest and settle scores.”
Once again, the common undertones of religious hate and economic jealousy have taken its toll. The lessons from anarchy have shown us that the strong will always spread around the wealth of the weak.