It always seems to be the same pattern, lately. Christians call the military to protect them against Muslim attacks. Then troops are sent. First they watch for a while, and then they step in on the side of the aggressors, helping the Muslim mob kill “infidels.” The new Egyptian democracy.
Well, why not? Might is right, isn’t it? In Kosovo in the Nineties, the Serbian police (and army) tried to protect Christian civilians in their even predominantly Christian own country. As an award for this they were accused of massacres (which were staged by Muslims) and then they got a NATO-boosted high-tech Jihad, and the aggressors have by now gotten an independent “state”, almost free of Christians (and churches).
(AINA) — According to Father Abram Fahmy, pastor of St. Simon the Tanner Monastery in Mokatam Hills, on the outskirts of Cairo, Copts were killed and injured today in a fresh attack by Muslims. It was reported the Egyptian army fired live ammunition on Copts. The attack has claimed until now the lives of 9 Copts and injured 150, 45 seriously.
Muslims threw fire balls at the Monastery from the top of the hills. Coptic youth have arrested five of them, who are now being held within the Monastery grounds, waiting to be handed over to the authorities.
Eight homes and 20 garbage recycling factories owned by Copts have been torched, as well as 30 garbage collection vehicles.
The incident started when 500 Coptic demonstrators from Manshier Nasr, also known as “Garbage City,” which is near the Monastery, were on their way to join the Coptic protest near the Egyptian TV Building, to show their solidarity with the Copts of the village of Soul in Atfif, who were forcibly displaced from their village and their church torched (AINA 3-5-2011). Nearly 15,000 Muslims from the nearby area of Sayeda Aisha and Mokattam, who were armed with weapons including automatic guns, confronted the Copts.
The clashes first started with hurling of stones at the Coptic demonstrators, then Molotov Cocktails. According to eyewitnesses the Copts called the army which arrived at the scene at 15:00 with 10 tanks . At first the military stood by watching, then shot in the air, then at the Coptic side with live ammunition.
“We were at one side and the Muslim on the other, we have hundreds of injured at the Coptic side,” said an eyewitness. “The Muslims were also shooting from behind the army tanks.” [AINA, 9 March 2011]
By the way, has Maltese columnist Daphne Caruana Galizia yet commented on these new developments of the Islamic battle for freedom, calling for the Pope to issue a solidarity declaration on behalf of those Egyptian Muslims (who certainly just feel “discriminated” and deeply hurt by the call of Christians for equal rights, e.g. that of physical integrity, and the right to live, because that would of course amount to an insult to their religion)? Isn’t it true that even here, and even more than vis-a-vis the Muslims of Libya, the Vatican would have a great opportunity to score another few points for the Church in the eyes of the Islamic Ummah, given that the Catholic Church has had such a “difficulty history with Muslims just as it has had with Jewish people” (italics added)? In order not to seem too biased in favor of the Muslims in its declaration of solidarity, the Vatican could just base it on an extremely evenhanded report of the Times of Malta!