Greetings to our loyal readers, and this will be my final post for 2017. Once again, I want to thank all of you for making this endeavor, allenbwest.com so very successful. We’ve ended our fourth year and look forward to heading into our fifth season sharing with you thoughts, perspectives, and insights from a Constitutional Conservative viewpoint.
I just cannot thank all of you Old School Patriots enough for putting us on the map of conservative opinion websites in America. It has certainly been a very interesting 2017, and boy howdy have we seen the liberal progressive media implode. I know some are predicting a resurgence of a “Blue Wave” in the 2018 midterm elections. I think not. The Democrats have proven that outside of #Resistance they have no message…well, unless you consider impeach Trump an effective message. It’s imperative for the GOP to all come together and get on a unified message of economic growth, securing our Republic, and rebuilding our military capability. We shall see, but folks, Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker or Chuck Schumer as Senate Majority Leader? That dawg don’t hunt.
As I reflect back on 2017, I do see an America regaining a sense of itself as a Constitutional Republic. However, we’re not there yet, and we are engaged in a true ideological Civil War in America. It’s a conflagration that will define the future of our country, and must be won for our future generations. We cannot fall into the trap, the abyss, of believing we no longer respect the indomitable entrepreneurial drive and determination of an individual American citizen. We must not allow ourselves to be defined as victims that cannot survive unless big government comes in to “rescue” us and guarantee our happiness.
We are facing three very ominous threats to the future of individual freedom and liberty in America: progressive socialism, Islamo-fascism, and secular humanism. This trifecta has developed a sound strategy, and often, has the initiative. The coming year has to be the one where the GOP goes on offense…as I always say, you never win on defense. We need what we call in the military a “red cell” that sits back and strategizes the next move of the left, and their alliances.
But, I really want to close this by sharing with you something that troubles me to no end. It is the deliberate, targeted assault against Christians worldwide. Yesterday we shared the story of Melissa and Aaron Klein and Sweet Cakes Bakery in Oregon. Today I sadly share with you another story of persecuted Christians. As we head into this New Year we should just thank God that we can still freely worship in America without fear of our lives…but for how long?
Christians are being targeted through the courts here in the US, but abroad they are being slaughtered. Yesterday nine Coptic Christians were killed in a terrorist attack in Egypt. But there are two things the media here won’t widely report.
First, the attacker was known to authorities. And second, this was no isolated incident.
As reported by Townhall.com, “At least nine people were killed Friday when a terrorist opened fire on Coptic Christians outside a church near Cairo, Egypt. The attacker was known to law enforcement, having been involved in other attacks over the last couple of years.
In a statement released by the Ministry of the Interior, the gunman was described as a “well-known terrorist who participated in attacks on police men and civilians.”
The attack was carried out on Christians leaving the service at St. Mina Coptic Church in Helwan, south of the Egyptian capital. The terrorist tried to break through the security cordon, which was set up to protect the minority population ahead of their Christmas on January 7. The assailant, who was injured in the gunfire exchange, had also opened fire at a nearby store before going to the church. He had an explosive device when he was arrested.”
What I want for the New Year is for the wanton killing of Christians across the globe to end. I don’t expect the United Nations to do anything about it since they’re in alliance with the Islamo-fascists…such as Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah. I find it quite perplexing that folks talk about world peace and such, but fail to point the finger at those who are the most detrimental to global security and peace.
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to continue to strongly present the case against Islamo-fascism, Islamism, and Islamic jihadism. This has to end and the reduction of the territorial integrity of the Islamic State is not the end-all panacea. We must transition to a strategy that denies this enemy sanctuary, anywhere. We must engage the ideological battle, just as we must with progressive socialism. If we cannot defeat the ideology that fuels and drives Islamic jihadism, the targeted killing of Christians, then we have lost this battle for liberty. We must dedicate our energies and intellect to clearly defining this threat and end the enticement of political correctness which has allowed us to be exploited by this very savage and barbaric enemy.
So, as I close out this missive, my final one for 2017, I pray we don’t have a repeat in 2018. But, history tells us this is unlikely.
Here’s a look at the nine major attacks against Egypt’s ancient Coptic Christian community in recent years:
December 29: A gunman on a motorcycle opens fire outside a church and at a store in a south Cairo suburb, killing at least eight Coptic Christians, and a policeman. The assault took place…when the gunman tried to breach the church’s security cordon. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
December 22: Hundreds of Muslim demonstrators attack an unlicensed church south of Cairo wounding three people. The incident took place after Friday prayers when demonstrators gathered outside the building and stormed it. The demonstrators chanted anti-Christian slogans and called for the church’s demolition.
The demonstrators destroyed the church’s fittings and assaulted Christians inside before security personnel dispersed them.
May 26: Masked militants riding in three SUVs open fire on a bus packed with Coptic Christians, including children, south of the capital Cairo, killing at least 28 people and wounding 22 others.
No group immediately claims responsibility for the attack, but it bears the hallmarks of the Islamic State group’s local affiliate. The attack comes on the eve of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
April 9: Twin suicide bombings strike churches in the coastal city of Alexandria and the Nile Delta city of Tanta. At least 43 people are killed and scores of worshippers injured in the Palm Sunday attack.
February 2017: Hundreds of Egyptian Christians flee their homes in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, fearing attacks by Islamic State militants. The group’s North Sinai affiliate had killed at least seven Coptic Christians in the restive peninsula in less than a month.
The Islamic State group affiliate releases a video vowing to step up attacks against Christians, describing them as their “favorite prey.” It showcased a deadly December attack on the church adjacent to Cairo’s Saint Mark’s Cathedral.
December 2016: A bombing at a chapel adjacent to Egypt’s main Coptic Christian cathedral in Cairo claimed by IS kills 30 people and wounds dozens during Sunday Mass in one of the deadliest attacks carried out against the religious minority in recent memory.
July 2016: Pope Tawadros II says that since 2013 there have been 37 sectarian attacks on Christians in Egypt, nearly one incident per month. A Muslim mob stabs 27-year old Coptic Christian Fam Khalaf to death in the southern City of Minya over a personal feud.
May 2016: A Muslim mob ransacks and torches seven Christian homes in Minya after rumors spread that a Christian man had an affair with a Muslim woman. The elderly mother of the aforementioned man was stripped naked and dragged through a street by a mob to humiliate her.
New Year’s Eve 2011: A bomb explodes in a Coptic Christian church in Alexandria as worshippers depart a midnight mass, killing more than 20 people.
My New Year’s wish is that the Egyptian Coptic Christians can have a happy year – heck, that they can survive.
Blessings y’all, happy New Year to all, especially to our Christian brothers and sisters in Egypt.
[Learn more about Allen West’s vision for this nation in his book Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom]