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ISIS attacks Christian churches in Egypt: Over 40 dead and dozens wounded

Muslim extremists pose a very real threat to the Christians. People make a big mistake when they argue that Islam is a religion of peace. They think of Islam as just a religion like Christianity, when in fact it is both a religion and a political movement, and couldn't be more different than Christianity.

Jesus was a man of peace. Occasionally someone under his influence might have shown their uglier human side and strayed, but that in no way changed the fact that Christianity was founded as a religion of peace to save man from himself. Mohammad was the complete opposite, a man driven by conquest and subjugation.

Our problem dealing with Islam is that we look at it just as a religion. At one level it is that, but Islam is also a political movement. The problems arise when Muslims and we mix the two. Let's start with the fact that the prophet Muhammad was also a warrior and conqueror. Already in his lifetime he led a conflict that led to the conquest of Mecca and later the whole of Arabia.

This was a man that most definitely mixed religion with the politics of conquest, or if you prefer, forceful proselytizing, including that he might have created and used religion in order to control better those that he led.

If you read history you know that Muhammad’s followers set out to methodically conquer the lands around them; then parts of Europe, notably Al-Andalus consisting of most of Spain and Portugal; and they even knocked at the doors of Rome. Later, with the fall of Constantinople in 1453, the Roman Empire of the East became the Islamic Ottoman Empire that at one point reached from Algiers and Budapest in the West and North, to Baghdad and major parts of Arabia including Mecca and Medina in the East.

This mixing of the politics of conquest with religion as the instrument to hold the conquered lands together, is in very sharp contrast with the Christian attitude, that started with Jesus himself, of "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's."

Christianity and Islam are thus not really comparable, other than technically as sets of rules to govern human behavior. One is a religion of peace and salvation, the other of subjugation. Muslim extremists have no mercy towards Christian Europe.

Dozens gathered outside a church north of Cairo on Sunday, after a bombing killed 25 people and wounded another 71 inside, according to Egyptian officials.

Egypt's Interior Ministry said the blast at Saint Mark's Church in Alexandria was caused by a suicide bomber who tried to storm the entrance before being stopped by police.

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At least 43 people were killed and more than 100 injured in two separate Palm Sunday attacks at Coptic Christian churches in Egypt, each carried out by the ISIS terror group.

The first blast happened at St. George Church in the Nile Delta town of Tanta, where at least 27 people were killed and 78 others wounded, officials said.

Television footage showed the inside of the church, where a large number of people gathered around what appeared to be lifeless, bloody bodies covered with papers.

A second explosion – which Egypt’s Interior Ministry says was caused by a suicide bomber who tried to storm St. Mark's Cathedral in the coastal city of Alexandria -- left at least 16 dead, and 41 injured. The attack came just after Pope Tawadros II -- leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria -- finished services, but aides told local media that he was unharmed.

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In a statement, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi condemned the attacks, saying the "outrageous" action "targets both the Copts and Muslims of the homeland." He ordered investigators to "hunt down the perpetrators" and "take all measures to offer the necessary care for the wounded."

"The attack will not undermine the resolve and true will of the Egyptian people to counter the forces of evil, but will only harden their determination to move forward on their trajectory to realize security, stability and comprehensive development," Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said.

This is the result of eight years wasted during which we refused to identify the real enemy. There are nuts in every religion, indeed everywhere, not just among religious people. Some belief systems, however, provide a more fertile environment in which to empower more terrorists, both in number and viciousness.

Islam is one such fertile environment. The first and most important consideration is that it has to be fought from within by those who understand their environment best, namely Muslims themselves. Yet look at what the Obama administration did.

The two countries with the most militant Islam in the world are Iran and Saudi Arabia. With the first we made a deal that guarantees a path to nuclear weapons. The second we somehow managed to anger against us.

Then there is Egypt, the largest Muslim country in the Middle East. After much turmoil during which we favored an Islamist regime, a secular Muslim ready and eager to work with us finally took power but we royally ignored him during the Obama administration. Thankfully Trump has now fixed that.

Because we were so afraid to name the real enemy we ignored and failed to work with those insiders with the most understanding and best vantage point of the problem.

Now we have a new administration that is not afraid to identify and address the real problem but we have large remnants of the old way of thinking, mostly the political correct who insist on remaining blind. And that is despite the fact that even the insiders in the region who know their environment best seem ready and eager to work with us to help them eradicate militant Islamists.

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