The “Moderate” Brotherhood & Salafists Rage On – More of Obama’s Spring

Coptic Church in Alexandria

We could be looking at a civil war in Egypt. Let’s hope that isn’t the case.

It’s a sad day when one looks to the Muslim Brotherhood for moderation, though we were told by Obama that we should do just that.

The Brotherhood has made it clear that they will not accept the Israel-Egypt peace but our administration has assurances it will be continued. Are they naive or what? What’s wrong with them?

As we pretend the Brotherhood is moderate, we continue to fork over $1.3 billion in aid and the Egyptian military holds several Americans and Europeans hostage (one hostage is Ray LaHood’s son). Actually, they are not hostages, they just can’t leave the country. Commenting to that is unnecessary of course. Read more: ABC

Egyptians gathered and camped out in Tahrir Square again today to mark the anniversary of the anti-Mubarek revolution and it’s getting ever more dangerous. They are mostly angry about the military state of emergency and the military is considering lifting some of the controls.

There were “scuffles” today with hurled bottles and rocks and fistfights between the Muslim Brotherhood and secular protesters. It’s the first time these two groups fought since they worked together to overthrow the Mubarek regime. They are now competing for power and that makes all the difference. It reminds me of stories about the Anarchists and Communists fighting alongside each other during the Russian Revolution until they won. We all know how that turned out for the Anarchists. Read more: AP-Google

AINA reports that over 3000 mobs attacked Copts in Alexandria this afternoon. There was to be a meeting between Christians and Muslims scheduled for the evening and the Salafis do not want a peace brokered between the two groups.

A mob of over 3000 Muslims attacked Copts in the village of Kobry-el-Sharbat (el-Ameriya), Alexandria this afternoon. Coptic homes and shops were looted before being set ablaze. Two Copts and a Muslim were injured. The violence started after a rumor was spread that a Coptic man had an allegedly intimate photo of a Muslim woman on his mobile phone. The Coptic man, Mourad Samy Guirgis, surrendered to the police this morning morning for his protection.

According to eyewitnesses, the perpetrators were bearded men in white gowns. “They were Salafists, and some of were from the Muslim Brotherhood,” according to one witness. It was reported that terrorized women and children who lost their homes were in the streets without any place to go…

AsiaNews reported yesterday that a father and son, Coptic Christians, were murdered by Muslim bandits in front of their home for not submitting to extortion. Demanding money from Copts is common practice.

Asia News: …Yesterday afternoon Ahmed Saber went to Asaad’s home to demand the money, the Copt refused to get into Saber’s car to speak, for fear of being kidnapped. At that point, four men came out of the car armed with machine guns and opened fire on Moawad and his son Asaad Mowad an engineer. Both were killed instantly. Their deaths have sparked the protest of thousands of Christian Copts outside the government building at Nag Hammadi, demanding protection for the Coptic community, the victim of racketeering and violence by Muslims. A sit-in is taking place in front of police headquarters, attended by four thousand people who have vowed to continue the protest until Ahmed Saber and his accomplices are arrested.

The Bishop of Nag Hammadi, Kyrollos, said since last year Ahmed Saber, well known to the police, has extorted money from members of the Coptic community, and kidnapped the children of Christians to get the ransom money. “Police have received numerous complaints about these crimes. I do not understand why they have not arrested them. I think that the police, and Muslims, are fully responsible for the situation of terror in which the Copts of Bahgourah live. ” The bishop called the authorities in Cairo, and the Interior Ministry demanding that protection be provided to the Copts living in the Nag Hammadi, “who are constantly subject to kidnappings and terror.”

The murderers have been caught and detained.