Copt Out
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  • Andrea Ostrov Letania

    Zionists crush Palestinians, Islamists crush Coptics.

  • Jim.

    “Only wait” is not appropriate.

    We have to make it clear that whatever government comes out of Egypt will be held to account for the way it treats the Copts. Persecution must be punished, by American military force if necessary.

  • Tim Fitzgerald

    The U.S. should allow unlimited immigration to Copts and other persecuted Middle Eastern minorities. They understand the meaning of freedom (and the lack thereof) and would make excellent citizens. Further, their knowledge of Arab language and culture would be beneficial to our intelligence efforts.

  • Opting out is almost never a good idea. Staying in at least leaves open the possibility of some favorable influence or restraint, even if not openly acknowledged. And of course there is no going back, or at least I would presume so.

  • Kris

    My long-term headline would tend to “Copt Down”.

    That’s right, Andrea@1, the Copts want Egypt as it exists destroyed, just like many Palestinian Arabs want Israel destroyed. [/sarc]

    Jim@2: I’d be pleasantly surprised by the US simply cutting off all aid.

    Tim@3: I fully sympathize with the sentiment, but let’s not fall in the trap of romanticizing the underdog. The Copts (speaking very generally) are in the right vis-a-vis the Islamists, and we should support them, but they are hardly Jefferson’s children.

  • Opting out, Luke, is probably appropriate in this situation though. The fate of Egypt’s Copts is sealed. Those with the power, support and numbers don’t care about the interests of the Copts. There is no place for the Copts in contemporary Egypt, which, of course, will increasingly have the look and feel of 7th Century Arabia rather than 20th Century Egypt.

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