Not so bad
Sir-- Bin Ali was just a bad ruler, not a tyrant. If he were, the rioters would have been Tienanmenised, and he would not have abdicated.
Put distance between
Sir-- The disposed Tunisian regime was considered to be closely aligned with, and some say, subservient to the United States. To gain popular legitimacy, any new regime will need to change that perception.
Sir-- They (Tunisians) have a chance to change for the better. May the people now have freedom of speech. Let them have new elections and may the new powers in their country be for total freedom.
Sir-- I find it strange that the repeated Muslim discrimination of Christian Copts goes virtually unreported in your paper yet it continues to be headline news throughout the world. If something like this had happened in any part of the Western (Christian and civilised) world there would have been a firestorm in your country that doubtless would have cost the lives of Muslims in retaliation.
Can anyone please tell me what those people in that Christian church did to deserve this? Have Christian people of faith made war on Muslims? Have they killed in the name of the church or in God's name? Please, join the rest of the world and educate your people so more than three out of 10 can read so perhaps more will think for themselves rather than be incited by men from the pulpit.
Sir-- In the aftermath of the horrific attack on the Coptic Church in Alexandria, the words of Amr Adib must be haunting the government. Nineteen months before this tragic event, the well known Egyptian television presenter made a heartfelt plea to the Muslim community in Egypt, calling on the Egyptian people to be honest and forthright with themselves in confronting the issues resulting in the continued discrimination of the Coptic people.
"Make no mistake about it," Adib said. "Egypt has a minority that hates the Copts... yes, there are people here in Egypt who are targeting the Copts."
Adib directly confronted the Egyptian Islamic community imploring them to be genuine and honest with themselves when dealing with sectarian strife. He urged them to stop turning a blind eye, have a look at what is happening around them in mosques and schools, and what Islamic religious teachers are saying.
There is no question that Adib's response is the only type of response that has any chance of truly addressing the core problems at the heart of the issues that result in Coptic discrimination.
Unless the government has the fortitude and integrity to acknowledge the issues identified by Adib, Egypt will never change.
Compare the two
Sir-- The Nazis and Israelis invaded neighbouring countries to provide more living space for their people. The Nazis justified that by claiming to be "the master race". The Israelis justified that by claiming to be "God's chosen people". The Nazis considered the Jews and the Israelis consider the Palestinians to be subhuman. The Nazis disenfranchised the Jews and the Israelis disenfranchised the Palestinians; in other words they took their property. The Nazis placed Jews and Israelis placed the Palestinians in ghettos. The Nazis and the Israelis walled off the ghettos. The Nazi and the Israelis attacked the ghettos. The Nazis and the Israelis used collective punishment to punish resistance to them; in other words they punished citizens for the actions of partisans. The Nazis and the Israelis tortured prisoners. The Nazis used the Einsatzgruppen and the Israelis used Unit 101, which were paramilitary units to liquidate civilians.
Israelis of today are like the Nazis of yesteryear. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. The Nazis must feel very flattered.
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