Egypt: U.S. Troops Watch Islamic Terrorists Slaughter Christians
Egypt continues struggling in fighting against Islamic terrorism, with many jihadist attacks focused on Christians. Yet even as U.S. troops are stationed in the Sinai Peninsula, they do not assist Egyptian forces and instead watch the slaughter of Christians. Furthermore, no one has demanded that they stop the violence. And no one has accused the U.S. of being morally irresponsible for doing nothing. There’s a reason for this lack of action. But the lack of action also demonstrates how the U.S. has no obligation to stop every problem in the world — and that it has no desire to do so when Christians are the victims.
Back in 2013, I forecasted that the U.S. intervening in Syria would result in increased jihadist activity in Egypt. That has long since occurred. And while the jihadists target many different people, they have targeted Christians with a significant amount of attacks.
U.S. troops make up a large portion of the Multinational Force & Observers in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula. They are close to most of the attacks that are occurring. But they don’t do a thing to stop Islamic terrorists from slaughtering Christians.
The reason the U.S. troops don’t stop the slaughter of Christians in Egypt is because the legal authority of the MFO forbids it. The MFO is in place to keep the peace between the Egyptians and Israelis, and it has no authority to conduct any activity in Egypt outside narrowly defined ones. And those narrowly defined activities do not include assisting with Egyptian internal security or war operations.
Nevertheless, stop and think about the situation from a modern perspective. How often do we hear that the U.S. has a so-called moral obligation to intervene in this or that country—to stop the persecution or alleged genocide of this or that people? How often do you hear ruling elites claim the U.S. has a moral obligation to intervene in Syria, Libya, or someplace else?
Now apply that thinking to Egypt. Why is no one crying about a moral obligation to save Christians, especially when the U.S. already has troops there? Why hasn’t the U.S. authorized the MFO troops to conduct operations?
Clearly I’m not advocating for this to happen. Instead, I’m making the point that war and violence occurs everywhere in the world and no one can stop all of it.
The U.S. has troops in Egypt on a long outdated MFO mission doing nothing to stop Islamic jihadists as they attack Christians. And while America may eventually intervene with a different set of troops (or while it may be doing so now covertly), the lack of outrage from the ruling elites shows how their moral indignation is, at best, selective.
On top of this, the violence in Egypt shows that the U.S. cannot solve every conflict in the world. And those in power know it . . . and they happily sit back and watch any conflict when that conflict involves Christians being destroyed.
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