Monday, August 19, 2013

What Really Happened in Egypt

One of the many news services to which I subscribe is Dan Wooding's excellent ASSIST news service. Among other reports, ASSIST monitors the plight of Christians around the world who live under oppression and danger.

I am linking here a recent ASSIST article that discusses the ongoing violence in Egypt from the perspective of Egyptian Christians who recently had to flee the country. This article got me thinking about some points that I have wanted to make for a long time.

First, it passes understanding why the Obama Administration would want to back ousted president Mohammed Morsi. Please spare me the "democratically elected" nonsense. Adolf Hitler was "democratically elected" also, with a minority of the vote under the German electoral system of the day. He subsequently abolished true democracy and established a fascist dictatorship. As the ASSIST article relates, Mohammed Morsi was silent for the first few months, then wasted no time in moving toward establishing an Islamic dictatorship, which most of the Egyptian people seem NOT to want.

So more months go by, and the army—generally once pretty trusted by the people—moved in to remove Morsi from power, rightly I believe seeing the direction that lay ahead in making Egypt a place for Islamic radicals in the vein of Iran. And now our administration and much of the West—stupidly— is raising a hue and cry over the army's actions.

Now, don't get me wrong. I take no joy in bloodshed and military coups in general. But I also understand Islamic radicalism. The Western world seems to not understand it, and naively thinks that chanting Kumbayah will tame them down. They really don't care about death, especially when they're killing someone else. They're brilliant at agitating violence, and then blaming others for the violence that they agitate. You either give in to their demands, or there will be hell to pay. They may not realize they are following the Alinsky playbook by that name, but they're following it and doing so brilliantly. The media seems to swallow it hook line and sinker for the most part.

The fact of the matter is that outside of direct divine intervention to change their hearts through the Gospel, there is no other way of dealing with Islamic radicals than defeating them in toto. And at times, that requires a hard crackdown. Anwar Sadat understood that, and they ended up assassinating him. Mubarak took over and the army swept the floor, banning the Muslim Brotherhood, which really wants an Islamic caliphate. I hate it that deadly force has to be used, and it rightly ought to grieve our hearts. But such is the reality of living in a fallen world with wicked men and wicked systems. Romans 13 says the state bears the sword for a purpose. To restrain evildoers and the lawless.

There is no doubt that the Mubarak regime was not democratic by Western standards. There are many areas where we could find fault. But it did largely keep things stable, was at peace with Israel, and kept the radicals in check. But Western governments seem intent on allowing and encouraging things that will lead to the worst possible outcome, and that is having another Iran right on Israel's borders.

I would like to see some of these moderate Muslims I hear so much about speak out forcefully and call their fellow Muslims in Egypt to lay down the weapons and violence, and work together to arrive at a peaceful, truly democratic Egypt with true freedom of speech, freedom of religion, etc. But it seems many do not understand that radical Islam will never offer those freedoms.

As an aside, we'd best think very carefully about how the United States government under the current administration is handling the issue of keeping an eye out for Islamic radicals here on the home front. Given their actions thus far, I am not encouraged that they're watching closely enough. I'd hate to think that they were giving it a wink and a nod. A few drone strikes overseas make for good politics, but the proof is in the pudding. I'm watching the foreign and domestic policy OUTSIDE of the drone strikes. And the administration's handling of the Middle East and tacit betrayal of Israel does not inspire much confidence.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! (Psalm 122:6)

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