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Western influence on Egyptian affairs

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01 November 2013

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From Mr C. J. Ryecart
Sir, - The widespread destruction of Christian-owned properties and churches in Egypt as outlined in Amnesty International's most recent report (News, 11 October) is in part a reflection of the dysfunctional relationship that exists between the Churches in the West and their governments.

The United States, supported by European governments, for example, could have mitigated, if not pre-empted, the persecution of Christians in Egypt by violent Islamic extremists by making further Western aid to the Egyptian government conditional on its security forces' providing adequate security and protection for Chris-tian churches, buildings, and communities.

Without Western aid, it would not be able to pay its security forces; so let them earn their salaries in a just cause!

CHRISTOPHER JOHN RYECART
Weinberg 4
Kefermarkt 4292
Upper Austria

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