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Terror Attack in Cairo Cathedral Kills 20 Coptic Worshippers

Pope Tawadros II, the 118th pope of the Coptic Church of Egypt, walks to his office a day after the killing of Egyptian Christians in Libya, at St. Mark's Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. The Islamic State group issued a grisly video on Sunday of the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians, mainly young men from impoverished families who were kidnapped after traveling to Libya for work.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Radical Islam’s war on Christianity continues:

A bomb explosion inside the main Coptic Christian cathedral in Egypt’s capital, Cairo, has killed 25 people and wounded dozens.

Some reports say a bomb was lobbed into a chapel adjacent to one of the cathedral’s walls in the center of the city but others said it was planted inside.

The attack was clearly aimed at the Coptic Christian community in Egypt: Egypt’s Orthodox Christian community’s leader, Pope Tawadros II, has his office in the targeted cathedral.

Shortly after the attack, a crowd gathered outside the cathedral chanting: “Tell the sheik, tell the priest, Egyptians’ blood is not cheap.”

Sadly, that’s not true: Christian Egyptians’ blood is very cheap. Cops are increasingly persecuted in Egypt, not by the government, but by radical Islamic groups who, somehow, systematically get away with their crimes. President el-Sisi is always able to act against such groups when he personally feels threatened by them, but as long as they’re targeting Christians, he doesn’t consider them a priority. If you didn’t know any better, you’d almost think he’s quite OK with their attacks on Christians.

The question is, of course, what anyone in the West can do about it. The answer is not much. President el-Sisi can do whatever he wants. The West is too afraid to lose him as an ally. After all, we don’t have that many allies left in the region. If this means that Coptic Christians have to suffer, well, let’s just say that most Western leaders  are clearly willing to make that sacrifice. Apparently, all our high-minded principles and values such as “human rights” don’t mean all that much when our real interests are at risk.