EGYPTIAN PRESS: REGIME TO BLAME FOR GROWTH OF FANATICISM
No, these are not dreaded Neocons talking. These is the Egyptian press responding to recent anti-Copt rioting:
As far as Akram El-Qassas in Al-Arabi is concerned, the people of Alexandria did not need a play to start rioting [in reference to the play presented by a church in Moharem Bey which allegedly portrays Islam in a negative light, prompting widespread violence last week]."The hearts and minds [of both Muslims and Christians alike] have been lost in the chaos created by the regime which has usurped power it is incapable of wielding. It [the regime] has closed all our windows and doors and monopolised politics and economics. It seems to enjoy the petty fires and fights that break out amongst its citizens as they take our eyes away from its failure and inadequacies."
Contemplating the events that have shaken the nation, novelist Ibrahim Abdel-Meguid in Al-Masri Al-Youm on 22 October says fundamentalists"are pushing everyone towards ignoring the core of religion and [instead pushing them towards] going to heaven without Christians and Jews and others. And of course governments encourage these tendencies so that they alone can monopolise the world: it's money, women, power and authority."
Miss Mabrouk has the latest on the Coptic situation.
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