As Egypt Churches Are Torched, Obama's Reputation Goes

Monday, 19 Aug 2013 12:18 PM

By Courtney Coren

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President Barack Obama's reputation among Egyptians is fast diminishing as the nation's Christians are firebombed out of their churches, a former Egyptian interior minister writes in a scathing editorial.

"In the past 48 hours alone, some 57 Egyptian churches have been burned to the ground in the Nile Valley," said Youssef Ibrahim in an op-ed in the New York Sun.

"It will not be lost on the Egyptians that Mr. Obama has spent the crisis playing golf at Martha's Vineyard.

"Scores of Christians are being consumed in this conflagration, some burned beyond recognition defending their churches, even as Mr. Obama’s much-despised envoy in Egypt, Ambassador Patterson, still tries to effect a reconciliation between the the Muslim Brotherhood conducting this devastation and the Egyptians who revolted against the Brotherhood’s rule," Ibrahim added.

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"As church after church is put to the torch in Egypt by members of the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies, one of the things that is going up in flames is the reputation of President Obama," he said.

Ibrahim was appointed interior minister in the government of Mohammed Hussein Tantawi who served as head of state for 16 months after President Hosni Mubarek was ousted.

In his New York Sun article, Ibrahim slammed the Obama administration for trying to reconcile the Muslim Brotherhood and those who rebelled against Brotherhood rule.

"Mr. Obama came out against a pastoral background to urge the Egyptian military and government to take it easy on his favored Islamists and to hint at even more sanctions if they do not," Ibrahim wrote.

He said if U.S. aid to Egypt was stopped, other Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates would step in to fill the breach.

"The Obama administration is allying itself against those fighting for a secular Arab world, a fight that is now arising across the Arab world," the former Egyptian interior minister wrote.

It is a mistake, he added, for Obama to support the Muslim Brotherhood, a group that most Arabs have rejected, and to ignore "Egypt's 14 million Christians . . . who have been the bridge between the Western and Arab cultures since the 17th century."

"The eviction of the Christians from the Arab world, as the eviction of the Jews before them, is a loss not only for the West but mostly for Arab Muslims," Ibrahim concluded.

"More importantly, it is a crime against humanity. Where is President Obama? Will his silence make him a partner in this crime?"

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