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An alliance worth rethinking

Primarily because of the successful Camp David Peace Accord, Egypt became the poster child for American victory and influence in an area of the world where peace is hard to come by. In fact, Condoleeza Rice commented recently that Egypt is “the cornerstone of U.S. policy in the Middle East (Washington Post 2006/09/06). As a result, Egypt was handsomely rewarded for their efforts in recognizing Israel , as the United States poured financial aid into economic and military needs. The United States faithfully gives Egypt millions of dollars every year for development since 1979 (The signing of the Camp David Peace Accord), the total estimated at 60 billion dollars.

However, Egypt’s less than stellar human rights record begs the question: Why is the United States consistently rewarding a nation which unabashedly, and unashamedly imprisons political dissenters, harasses and marginalizes Christians and Bahá’ís (Bahá’ís are not even recognized by the Egyptian government), and requires religious identification on ID cards – a law, of course meant to further enable discrimination for those who don’t align themselves with Islam.

Here are a few more relevant examples:

  1. The blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil was arrested and sentenced to four years in prison for criticizing Islam. His appeal was recently denied.
  2. There is a whole department in the police force, devoted to following the activities of Christians. Police often harass and intimidate Christians from pursuing their faith freely.
  3. You are not allowed to change your identity from Muslim to Christian on your official identity card.
  4. A Christian man is deported back to Egypt in late 2006 and tortured by Egyptian authorities. During their interrogation, he was shocked, doused with water and beaten.

Is this regime deserving of billions of American dollars??? A regime that tortures a man based on his professed belief in Jesus Christ? Perhaps a revaluation of our alliance with Mubarak’s administration is in order. Recognizing Israel was an amazing step, but that was 1979 – what is Egypt doing in 2007 to improve the human rights of Christians, and other minorities that do not bow down to Allah or agree with the central government? An amendment to change Article 2 of the Egyptian Constitution, which states that the Sharia law is officially “the main source” of legislation, would be a good step in the right direction.