Egypt´s Christians targeted in attempt to create sectarian strife
Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) ,- More than one month after the ousting of Mohammed Morsi in a people-powered military coup, the situation in Egypt remains tense. Egypt´s interim government, international analysts and Iran´s head of state, Ayatollah Khamenei warned, that foreign powers attempt to create a civil war in Egypt. Egypt´s Christians are increasingly becoming subject to violence and provocations in apparent attempts to create sectarian strife and the preconditions for a civil war.
On Friday, 9 August, so Egyptian Chronicles reports, pro-Morsi protesters rallied in Cairo and in cities throughout Egypt, allegedly leaving offensive and provocative graffiti on the walls and doors of churches and cathedrals. The graffiti however, is merely the tip of the iceberg with regards to harassment and attacks against Christians in Egypt since 3 July 2013, Egyptian Chronicles reports.
Christian´s in Upper Egypt reportedly have been subject to continuous attacks by Islamists in North Sinai, Assuit, and Sohag, where people were killed and houses were torched. Police protection in sparsely populated Christian areas is virtually non-existent. Egypt´s Christian minority is, among others, regularly being accused for “having been the masterminds behind the coup against the former Egyptian President and a member of the Ikhwan, the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Morsi.
Those accusations are not representative for the 14 million Egyptians who demonstrated on 2 July and demanded that Mohammed Morsi would either begin negotiations with the opposition or step down. The accusations are not representative for the 22 million signatures the opposition had gathered in support of their demand that Mohammed Morsi should step down and that new elections should be held. The accusations are however, suitable for aggravating tensions between Egypt’s sectarian groups.
By the middle of July 2013, several international analysts, including the author of the present article warned, that there was “a scramble for influence in Egypt” by foreign powers, including Saudi-Arabia, the USA and Qatar. Reports about snipers on rooftops, shooting at pro-Morsi protesters to stir up violence, warnings from legislators of the Palestinian Hamas movement, that Hamas will pay dearly for its interference into domestic Egyptian affairs, corroborated earlier warnings, according to which the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and elements of Hamas, supported by Qatar, were involved in attempts to systematically create violence and a crisis in the Sinai.
Some analysts, such as historian Webster Griffin Tarpley go so far as to warn that NATO and Israel might be interested in creating instability and low-intensity conflict in the Sinai as a pretext for stationing Israeli or NATO troops along the Suez Channel.
On Thursday the Iranian head of state, Ayatollah Khamenei warned the people of the Middle East and in particular the people of Iraq and Egypt to be vigilant against foreign countries attempt to create civil wars throughout the region. Khamenei´s statement and the involvement of particularly Saudi Arabia and Qatar in creating tensions and civil war by fermenting sectarian strife has been detailed in an nsnbc report from Friday, 9 August.
The increase in the desecration of Christian churches and Cathedrals, the increase in the attacks, including murders and the torching of houses of Christian families, and sweeping accusations against “the Christians” being “the Masterminds” behind the ousting of Mohammed Morsi could very well represent the involvement of a “foreign hand”.