Perhaps the White House can have someone pick up their red pen now.
In the worst violence against Egyptian Christians in centuries, the Muslim Brotherhood gangs have destroyed over 100 churches during the reign of terror against the minority Christian base in Egypt.
During a press conference nearly a week ago a question to the White House was presented about whether the White House had a red line for taking any action in Egypt against the violence by the Muslim Brotherhood against the Coptic Christians. In a quip from a White House spokesman that went over like a lead balloon, the adviser said,
“Well, I didn’t bring my red pen out with me today", remarked deputy press secretary Josh Earnest.
You can bet the shallow statement reached all the way back to Egypt and did nothing to discourage the Muslim Brotherhood from pursuing their reign of terror against the Christians in Egypt.
The Muslim Brotherhood has been taking out their fury against the Christian minority for having a difference of opinion against arrested Muslim Brotherhood President Morsi. A growing minority of moderate Muslims, Christians, and anti-Muslim Brotherhood supporters grew increasingly uncomfortable with the radical rhetoric of the Brotherhood whose action alienated anyone not following the dogma of the Brotherhood.
Not only in Egypt, but Christians stuck in the middle of a struggle for supremacy between the Shiite minority in Syria and the majority Sunnis have found Christians caught in the middle. It has been estimated that nearly two million Syrians have fled from the civil war between President Assad’s henchmen and the minority Sunni factions.
The struggle in Egypt is evolving to a similar struggle as a Shiite minority with the Muslim Brotherhood’s philosophy of a strict Sharia law has generated huge resentment from those wanting a more secular government.
In both Egypt and Syria, Mubarak and Assad were dictatorial strongmen with moderate secular approaches in their government. During the Arab Spring unrest of a couple of years ago, Mubarak was overthrown by protests wanting a more Sharia government according to over 80% of the Egyptian people. Reports of widespread corruption also played a role in Mubarak’s fall from grace.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s checkered past for violence and links to assassinations have left suspicious and worrisome effects on much of the Egyptian population.
The Obama Administration’s desire to label the Muslim Brotherhood “moderate” has left the image of America in a precarious position with millions of Egyptians. The “red pen” remark has done little to enhance the prestige of how America is viewed by many Egyptians.
America’s selective and inconsistent outrage concerning issues as the Syrian conflict have many in various countries wondering about America’s reaction to other crimes against humanity. Over two million citizens of the Sudan have been murdered, the vast majority being Christians.
Perhaps that red pen may finally come out regarding that one.