August 23, 2013

MEGAN MCARDLE: The West Should Offer Asylum to Egypt’s Copts. “I can’t pretend to know what we should do about Egypt, where all of President Barack Obama’s options seem bad. But one thing seems obvious to me: The U.S., along with other nations, should offer greater sanctuary to the Copts, who are clearly at risk as this drama plays out. This animus toward the large Coptic minority is not new — a friend whose grandfather was a prominent Coptic cleric once told me that his grandfather was used to spending time in jail because Hosni Mubarak would lock up some notable Copts every time he sensed the Muslim majority was getting restless. But this seems to be one of the worst spates of church-burning in Egypt since the Middle Ages. There’s a real risk that the widespread attacks on the Copts’ buildings will progress to widespread attacks on their people.”