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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Palm Sunday 2017 Carnage In Egypt

(For the weekly Musical Interlude, please scroll down)

Coptic Church north of Cairo, 04/09/2017

According to Reuters:
Bombings at Egyptian Coptic churches kill 36, injure more than 100

At least 36 people were killed and more than 100 injured in bomb attacks on two Coptic churches on Palm Sunday, in the latest assault on a religious minority increasingly targeted by Islamist militants.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, which come a week before Coptic Easter and in the same month that Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Egypt.

The first bombing, in Tanta, a Nile Delta city less than 100 kilometers outside Cairo, killed at least 25 and injured at least 78, Egypt's Ministry of Health said.

The second, carried out just a few hours later by a suicide bomber in Alexandria, hit the historic seat of the Coptic Pope, killing 11, including three police officers, and injuring 35, the ministry added.

Pope Tawadros, who had attended mass at Saint Mark's Cathedral, was still in the building at the time of the explosion but was not harmed, the Ministry of Interior said.

The bombings come as Islamic State's branch in Egypt appears to be stepping up attacks and threats against Christians....
Read the rest HERE.

Will President Trump speak about or Tweet about this using the term "radical Islamic terrorism"? If he avoids using that phrase, we then have a clear indication that National Security Advisor General H.R. McMaster is significantly influencing our President and his policy with regard to Islam.


  1. If he avoids using that phrase, we then have a clear indication that National Security Advisor General H.R. McMaster is significantly influencing our President and his policy....

    This would indicate an influence in narrative. Policy is action.

  2. Replies
    1. But they're not mutually inclusive. We had a POTUS who claimed after 9/11 that we weren't at war with islam....and the next who didn't [or rarely] uttered the term "radical Islamic terrorism"; yet we've been consistent involved in kinetic action against Islamic terrorism worldwide, since 2001. To the tune of thousands of fallen Americans.

    2. CI,

      But Muslims have been involved in kinetic action against the West, too.

    3. Exactly. So what's the impact [or lack of] in employing the referenced phrase?

    4. I'm sure it's a distinction we can work out with our Muslim counterparts over beer and bacon sandwiches.

    5. CI,
      Naming the target. I know that you don't see value in doing so, but many believe there is value in doing so.

    6. But the target is already named; ISIS, al Qaeda, etc. Adding on qualifiers of no additional value only serves as emotional gratification for those who need it.

    7. CI,
      You and I differ on this matter. C'est la vie!

    8. My guess is that it's el-Sisi who's going to be doing the acting and you might as well call his target "yo mama" because he's libel to make Mubarak's crackdown on the Brotherhood look timid.

      He's not going to allow a serious ISIS presence in Egypt.

  3. Haline Mauvaise de Votre said

    "The thought is father to the deed."

    However, the "thought" involved need not stem from high intelligence, creative intuition, intellectul integrity or moral purity. Too often what-we-like to-call "thought" is merely an impulse informed by propaganda or inspired by deep and abiding hatred born of longstanding prejudice.

    Nevertheless, some form of "thought" –– for want of a better term –– must occur before any form of "action" is possible.

    That's elementary.

    1. Straight up, Dr. Pavlov.

      In fact, the Geller-Spencer crowd doesn't do much thinking.

  4. Looks like we need another flood in the Middle East.

  5. Interesting about McMaster. Personally, I make no distiction between islam and radical islam. All the same to me.

    1. @Kid,

      "I make no distiction between islam and radical islam."

      Perhaps we could look at it this way:

      Islam = HIV

      Radical Islam = Full Blown AIDS

  6. Hope for the most dismal resutls imaginable springs eternal for you, doesn't it, Canardo?

  7. The Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Rice Neocon Cabal project has resulted in the rape, death and displacement of hundreds of thousands of ME Christians.

    Hillary and her Amateur Warlord Girls Club showed they could compete when they wrecked up Libya and used the "Arab Spring" to set more fires and usher in the Million Man Muslim March into Europe.

    "When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?"

    Liberalism would be great if it wasn't for all the so-called "liberals."

  8. Kt McFarland is out. Mcmaster is cleaning house. These people are treated as toys to be played with. They give up their careers to serve, and are dispensed with at whim... Why would anyone decent want to go to the WH other than ego...

  9. AOW... one thing I learned seeing the coverage of this event was the almost total failure of the press to get the story right.

    This was no Easter, or even Palm Sunday bombing. The church where this took place was a Coptic Church. The Copts follow a totally different liturgical calendar than we do. Their Easter is the first Sunday in May, hence their Palm Sunday, the last Sunday in April.

    I've seen that mentioned nowhere in the US press.

    Clearly, the American press, while maybe not having a huge bias, at least as it relates to religion in general and in this specific case, Christianity, has no clue. To not understand the differences between Eastern and Western Christianity shows a complete and utter disregard for the subject they are trying to cover.


    1. Dave,
      Valid point about the liturgical calendar.

      The fact remains, however, that the Copts were worshiping when the jihad attacks occurred.

      Have you seen the photos of the inside of that one church? At least one dead child. Rivers of blood on the floors and on the pews. Raymond Ibrahim's site has the photos. Take a look for yourself. Carnage. Period.

  10. AOW... no arguments on how bad it was.

    Im still amazed at how inept the coverage was, and continues to be from a religious sense.

    It's like calling a July 4 bombing in Ireland or some other country the Independance Day bombing. News from our perspective.

    1. Dave,
      Many (Most?) are unaware of the differences in liturgical calendars. The Copts' liturgical calendar is not followed by the majority of Christians. Furthermore, most published calendars do not make mention of differing liturgical calendars. And our newspapers were filled with Palm Sunday notices last Sunday.


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