Angrepet på den koptiske kirken i Alexandria kan skyldes utenlandske jihadister, men det rører likevel ved nasjonale motsetninger.

Det er symptomatisk at kopterne ikke tåler takksigelser til Mubarak. De buer. Regimet er kompromittert i alles øyne, men det er kopterne som er lavest på rangstigen og blir diskriminert hardest, i kraft av å være kristne. Islamistene og regimet behandler dem begge dårlig. Myndighetene opptrer ikke som myndigheter, men motstandere.

Experts warned, however, that Egyptian authorities’ immediate focus on militant Islam ignores the sectarian tensions bubbling in the country. Christians say that they struggle to obtain identity cards and permits to build churches, are severely underrepresented in the local and national government and are shut out of top posts in the military and security services.
«There are real domestic root causes, even if it was a foreign attack,» said Amr Hamzawy, research director at the Middle East Center of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
«Alexandria was picked intentionally because if was the scene of previous sectarian tensions, but the government is not addressing the issue of discrimination, nor the economic and religious woes of the Coptic community.»

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