Politics & Policy

Obama and the Muslim Brotherhood vs. the Copts

Church of the Virgin in Waraq
U.S. policy toward Egypt favors their enemy.

Who is more deserving of punishment by the United States? Millions of Egyptians, for ousting the Muslim Brotherhood? Or the Muslim Brotherhood, for crimes that include the habitual terrorizing and murder of Christians?

It is the millions of anti-Brotherhood Egyptians who are in the wrong — or at least, that’s what actions taken by the Obama administration imply.

Last Sunday, the Church of the Virgin (Mary) in Waraq, near Cairo, was attacked during a wedding ceremony. Four were killed, and many wounded. According to forensic evidence analyzed by Hisham Abdul Hamid, two of those murdered were Christian girls, two Marys — twelve-year-old Mary Nabil Fahmy, who took five shots in the chest, and eight-year-old Mary Ashraf Masih (her last name means “Christ”), who was shot in the back with a bullet that burst through the front of her body.

Back in July, another Christian girl, ten-year-old Jessi Boulos, was shot dead while walking home from Bible class.

Coptic churches attacked, and Christians murdered, particularly on holy days and during celebrations — the scene has become a normal feature of Egypt’s social and political landscape. It is in large measure the result of the Muslim Brotherhood’s incitements against Egypt’s Christians as it reacted to the June 30 Revolution, in which the Brotherhood was ousted from government.

#ad#Needing someone to scapegoat in their drive to set Egypt ablaze, Brotherhood leadership — including supreme leader Mohammed Badie, Safwat Hegazi, and Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi — repeatedly demonized the nation’s Christian minority, leading to atrocities committed against the Copts.

A headline earlier this week from Tahrir News, one of Egypt’s leading newspapers, tells the story: “The Brotherhood’s crime in Waraq: Seventeen murdered Copts and 85 torched churches since ousting of Morsi . . . Copts pay price of June 30 Revolution.”

Now consider the response of the United States to the conflict between Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood. It has ignored the plight of Egypt’s Christians or, when attacks have been especially egregious (and exposed by the mainstream media), offered perfunctory condemnation. Since the administration got away with this lip-service approach when Americans were killed — condemning the attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, promising to find and bring to justice those who were responsible, and then ignoring the whole affair — surely it wouldn’t hesitate to take the same approach with a foreign nation.

For years, human-rights activists have been imploring the Obama administration to make foreign aid to Egypt contingent on the government’s respect for the human rights of all Egyptians, including Christian minorities. Such a move would dramatically ameliorate the plight of the Copts, since most Egyptians, including most members of the Muslim Brotherhood, are more motivated by money than by the prospect of killing Christians. The Obama administration has been idle in responding to this policy recommendation.

On the other hand, when those who are responsible for the destruction of nearly 100 Christian churches (including an unprecedented attack on the holiest Coptic church, while Morsi was still president) and the murders of Copts and their children finally get ejected by the Egyptian people and their military, then the Obama administration takes action, as it did recently, cutting hundreds of millions in aid to Egypt in response to the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood.

What more proof does any sensible American need to conclude that the president of the United States is firmly on the side of a group of Islamic terrorists?

Raymond Ibrahim is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians and The Al Qaeda Reader.

Most Popular

Film & TV

In Unsane, Aetna Meets Kafka

Unsane doesn’t take the form of a horror film; at first, it appears to be a Hitchcockian thriller about mistaken identity or perhaps getting ensnared in a web of bureaucracy. Yet with clinical detachment it develops into a nerve-flaying story almost too agonizing to endure. Unlike most horror movies, it isn’t ... Read More

Viva l’Italia?

Italy has just had elections, with very interesting results. I wanted to talk with Alberto Mingardi, which I have. He is one of the leading classical liberals in Italy -- the director general of the Bruno Leoni Institute, in Milan. (Mingardi himself is Milanese.) He is also an authority in arts and letters. In ... Read More

Putin and the Cult of Leadership

On Sunday, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin won an unsurprising reelection-campaign victory against Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin, by a margin of 76.7 percent to 11.8 percent. The results were unsurprising because Putin is a tyrant who murders or imprisons political rivals, and who isn’t afraid to use ... Read More

Trump and Brexit Derangement Syndrome

I am not one of those Brexiteers who believe that Brexit and Trumpism are essentially the same phenomenon in two different countries. To be sure, they both draw on some of the same political trends, notably a distrust of elites and an upsurge of popular anger over evident failures of public policy such as illegal ... Read More

Stand Up to Putin

President Putin’s landslide victory in Russia’s presidential election was achieved against the lackluster competition of a group of mediocre candidates from which the sole serious opponent had been excluded; amid plausible allegations that his security services had tried to poison two Russians in England by ... Read More