Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The "Arab Spring" in Egypt enters Phase Two ... the sad reality!

Breaking News- Islamic intolerance on full display as Coptic church members are attacked in Egypt!

"A mob of nearly 20,000 radical Muslims, mainly Salafis, attempted this evening to break into and torch the Church of St. Mary and St. Abram in the village of Meet Bashar,in Zagazig, Sharqia province. They were demanding the death of Reverend Guirgis Gameel, pastor of the church, who has been unable to leave his home since yesterday. Nearly 100 terrorized Copts sought refuge inside the church, while Muslim rioters were pelting the church with stones in an effort to break into the church, assault the Copts and torch the building. A home of a Copt living near the church and the home of the church's porter were torched, as well as three cars..."

The sweet smell of the "Arab Spring" and its supposedly liberal leaning and democracy hungry underpinnings in Egypt is history now! That country along with the rest of the region and the world enters Phase Two ... sad reality!

The newest Middle East crisis du jour in Syria and that governments slaughter of thousands of civilians has taken over the front pages and the airwaves, while the attention span for Egypt among both the media and global leaders has rapidly begun to wane.

In the Land of the Pharaohs the Islamist takeover of the government, deteriorating situation on the ground and the declining state of relations with neighbor Israel, slowly fades from world view.

Ironically the crisis in Syria is hauntingly similar to the prior one in Egypt (save for the mass violence and killing) as the calls are out en masse to provide arms for civilians and for the immediate stepping down of Bashar al-Assad. A call that is being made when no one is at all clear about the nature of the group or groups who would assume power.

In this regard Syria differs from Egypt as the al-Assad led government is clearly willing to murder its own people and is certainly no friend of the world community as a proxy state for Iran.

It was, however, just this type of global declaration for change in Egyptian leadership that that has helped lead to the deteriorating situation that the country and the region finds itself in today.

A slightly more semantical difference between the two countries is that Syria is being called a humanitarian crisis (which it is) while at the time in Egypt, the "opportunity" was that the sweet smell of democracy and of "Arab Spring" would begin to waft through the air.

As the say, however, a rose by any other name still smells as ...

Conditions on the ground in Egypt post-"Arab Spring"


Relations with Israel are deteriorating steadily…


Levanon said that Egypt will no longer be able to maintain its leading role in the Arab world…


Recent news reports confirm that the situation in Egypt is only deteriorating…

NGO crisis

Another crisis has caused deterioration in Egypt’s relations with the West…

Islamic State

Some developments in Egypt are reminiscent of those in Iran after the Islamic Revolution…

Read an expanded explanation of each section at an article at here.

What happens next in this region is anyone's guess, but I will venture to say that the odds are that it will most likely not be very good!

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