"I accuse you all, because in your bigoted blindness you cannot even see the violence that you are committing [against] logic and sheer common sense; [you cannot see that while] you accuse the whole world of using a double standard against us, [you are] wholly incapable of showing a minimum awareness of your own blatant double standard.""And finally, I accuse the liberal intellectuals, both Muslim and Christian who, whether complicit, afraid, or simply unwilling to do or say anything that may displease 'the masses', have stood aside, finding it sufficient to join in one futile chorus of denunciation... even as the massacres spread wider, and grow more horrifying. (by Hani Shukrallah)
By James Lewis
January 4, 2011
On January 1, 2011, a hugely important terror attack took place in Egypt that you probably were not told about. A terrorist bomb went off at the al-Qiddissin (Saints) Church in Alexandria, Egypt, killing innocent civilians in the usual ruthless and blood-thirsty manner.
The Western media hardly noticed, but the shockwaves rippled through the Muslim and Christian Orthodox world. The Coptic Church in Egypt traces its origins back to the Apostle Mark in A.D. 42. It is one of the earliest churches with a continuous history from the beginnings of Christianity, which rose several centuries before Mohammed and Islam. In Egypt the Coptic Church has survived as a symbol of coexistence between the major institutions of Christianity and Islam. The Coptic Church is not only identified with Egypt as a country, but also with the other Orthodox Churches, including the Greek, Armenian, Bulgarian and Russian Church.
Two days after the bombing, on January 3, Hani Shukrallah, the editor of the Cairo daily Al Ahram, who is a Copt by family origin, published an English language editorial titled "J'Accuse!" -- an echo of Emile Zola's famous pamphlet "I Accuse!" that triggered a political storm in France in the Dreyfus Case just before 1900.
This is an extremely important development. It is the enlightened half of Egyptian society finally speaking out loud against Islamic reactionary violence.