Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

August 30, 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The scimitar knows no difference

Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Why is it that our government hasn’t spoken out about the persecution of Christian minorities in Egypt?

Have we become so afraid we will do the politically incorrect thing that we are now sending the Islamists a message of fear? How easy it is to mistake kindness for cowardice.

Despots always move against societies that don't speak loudly in defense of their ideals. As democracies of the world agonize over how to avoid offending Muslims, Egyptian mobs are targeting Christian churches, destroying Coptic churches and killing young girls with folded hands and eyes turned towards heaven.

Will we remain indifferent to the slaughter of Christians in other countries thinking that it does not concern us as long as it is not within our borders

Will we deal with it only when we are attacked within our own borders?  

Where is the outcry of our mainstream religious leaders and activists?

 If we wait long enough the screams of the Christian minorities in Egypt and Syria will be silenced by the scimitar of intolerance.

We send money to Egypt; tanks, fighters and all sorts of military equipment and then are appalled when they actually use them for their intended purpose – to kill someone. On July tenth, the NY Times reported “Two of the Persian Gulf’s richest monarchies pledged $8 billion in cash and loans to Egypt … The promise to provide so much assistance also highlighted the limits of American leverage: the United States provides Egypt $1.5 billion in annual aid, a small fraction of what the Gulf States have promised.

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah declared that what was happening in Egypt was an Arab affair. "Let it be known to those who interfered in Egypt's internal affairs that they themselves are fanning the fire of sedition and are promoting the terrorism which they call for fighting …"

The Obama administration’s uncertainty about how to respond to the military takeover should begin with the first law of holes: "If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging."

Until we decide how to “wield influence across an increasingly chaotic and fragmented Arab world where American interests are hard to define” (NYT) we should stop sending money and military equipment to a people who have shown they are not afraid to use them.

When they have settled their own differences, they will come for us with the weapons which we have given them, paid for with taxpayer money.

Perhaps then we will hear the outcry against the murder of Christians, Jews, atheist, taxpayers and infidels of all kinds.

The scimitar knows no difference.

Calvin Howell