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Do they deserve true Democracy?

 

Perhaps the situation in Egypt will resolve itself peacefully. Or perhaps we'll see a long stretch of public unrest before the nation finally stumbles its way into a new form of stable government. But there's one easy prediction to make: Whatever happens, Egypt's Coptic Christians are going to be hurt, unless the United States makes a major diplomatic effort to help them.

About 10% of the Egyptian population (and declining, down more than half over the past century ), these people have suffered discrimination under 30 years of rule by the now-embattled president, Hosni Mubarak. And they've seen that discrimination ratcheted up into open persecution during the current unrest, which began with a car bomb in Alexandria killing 21 at a Coptic church on Jan. 1 and continued through the massacre of 11 Christians in the village of Sharona on Jan. 30.

So why should they expect improvement from a new government? Particularly one in which the radical Muslim Brotherhood is certain to play a major role? The Copts are under the screw, and somehow, every time modern Egyptian history makes a turn, it ends up biting down harder on the nation's religious minorities.

Who will Defend the Mideast Christians?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 1:15 PM on Feb. 11, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (14)
  • Everyone deserves Freedom...
    Democracy isn't perfect, but it's as close as any of us will ever get to Freedom!
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 1:29 PM on Feb. 11, 2011

  • The people of each country deserves the government of their choosing

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:37 PM on Feb. 11, 2011

  • The people of each country deserves the government of their choosing even if it results in the death of a minority?
    Anonymous

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 1:38 PM on Feb. 11, 2011

  • All we can do is wait, watch, and hope extremism doesn't take over....
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:39 PM on Feb. 11, 2011

  • It is their country and we can't do a thing about what type of government they choose. You can donate to organizations who are trying to help the Coptic Christians, but that is about it. We don't get to decide what other countries deserve or not.
    Marwill

    Answer by Marwill at 1:40 PM on Feb. 11, 2011

  • Do they deserve true Democracy?

    Of course they do!! Considering their numbers grew over the past 2 weeks and there was increased support from around the world, their dreams are now attainable. There is a great strength in their people and I will continue to support them!
    parrishsky

    Answer by parrishsky at 1:43 PM on Feb. 11, 2011

  • You can donate to organizations who are trying to help the Coptic Christians,


    Great advice.....  I hope more people do just that...

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:45 PM on Feb. 11, 2011

  • even if it results in the death of a minority?


    Are you saying we didn't deserve democracy since it wiped out 95% of the native americans? Not counting the ones that were captured and sold into slavery?  You can't give people democracy and then turn around and force them to only use it the way you want them to.  That's kind of the complete opposite of democracy.

    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:46 PM on Feb. 11, 2011

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    The people of each country deserves the government of their choosing even if it results in the death of a minority?

    I think you are jumping the gun here

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:46 PM on Feb. 11, 2011

  • It's not jumping the gun. It's being realistic.
    Does anyone remember Carter and Iran? How about Syria? I don't know if
    this will be any different but I sure hope so. People might say it;s not our choice
    and it really isn't but it will affect us.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 1:57 PM on Feb. 11, 2011

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