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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Statement on the Martyrdom of Christians on Hosanna Sunday in Egypt

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With palms in their hands, hymns on their lips, and peace in their hearts, New Martyrs were ushered from their churches in Alexandria and Tanta into the Paradise of Joy on Hosanna Sunday, the day and feast of the Lord.

All Christians… know that you are a light in the world, a source of good, and a means for peace. The whole world is under siege by an ideology of hatred… a cancer of the conscience. The same hands that skilfully designed weapons of harm could’ve discovered tools for a cure. This violent act against Christians is because evil can’t coexist with good, darkness can’t overcome light, and hatred can’t befriend peace, but death can’t separate us from God.

He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall He take away from off all the earth: for the Lord has spoken it.

Prophecy of Isaias 25.8

All our churches and noble citizens throughout the world are praying for the peace and safety of all persecuted Christians, Confessors, and Martyrs. Holy Week is a time devoted to the Lord’s Passion. At all times, the Lord loved. Even when afflicted and crucified, He loved. This is a time for prayer for the entire world. We remain in prayer for the safety of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, all the Confessors of the Christian faith, the families of the Martyrs, and all the injured victims. On behalf of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States, I offer our deepest condolences to everyone afflicted by this sad day in Egyptian history.

+Bishop Youssef

Ruling Hierarch

Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

10 April 2017

Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

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11 April 2017. 43 Dead in Egypt… Patriarch Tawadros Escaped Injury

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On Palm Sunday, a bomb went off in St Mark Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria in Egypt. 43 died and hundreds more injured… the Islamists struck again. Their intent was to drive a wedge between Christians and sane Muslims (the Islamists hate them almost as badly as they hate the Christians… how dare they associate with and defend infidels!). I think that they failed. Yes… they killed Christians… yes… they disrupted a major Christian holy day… but no, they didn’t divide the normal people of Egypt. Yes, the violence will continue… far too much of it, I’d say. However, the Egyptian government will do its best to nick the perps and give them their just deserts. It’s not Saudi Arabia, where Christians must go about in fear. Yes, there are feral Muslims, and we do wrong to ignore that fact. On the other hand, remember that such fanatics are heretics in Muslim terms… yes, heretics. Sadly, these fanatic heretics run the KSA, and they use their money to spread this contagion. So… be vigilant, but differentiate between the Saudi-financed bigots and the “silent majority”. As one of my friends told me, “If I had wanted to live under Wahhabism, I’d move to Saudi Arabia. No, thank you”.

Meanwhile, pray for the dead… we’re Christians; that’s what we do…

BMD

11 April 2017. Here’s the “Destroyed” Airbase… Lindsay Graham is Pissed Off… GOOD!

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Look at the above image. Look at it well, kids… it’s the airbase “destroyed” by the Americans. Firstly, TLAMs aren’t weapons designed for use against hardened targets. Hardened aircraft revetments such as the one shown can take a direct hit from a 1,000-kilo bomb and survive (damaged, but the aircraft sheltered would be unharmed). The TLAM has two warheads… a 450-kilo HE variant or a cassette that launches small submunitions. Obviously, the latter is useless against hard targets… the former has an airburst fuse, which means that the explosive force is aboveground. This means that none of the TLAMs could penetrate any of the hardened structures, as that would require a direct hit, and TLAMs simply don’t have that capability. The TLAMs destroyed “soft” structures such as maintenance hangers, but couldn’t even damage the hardened facilities at this base. Furthermore, note the Russian-style segmented runway. This is to ease the removal of damaged panels to speed repair of battle damage. Remember, only 23 TLAMs struck this base. It was equivalent to four normally loaded FA-18 strike aircraft. That isn’t massive in anyone’s book. Also, notice the blackened areas on the hardened revetment. It’s clear that a TLAM detonated above it and the hardened shelter reacted exactly as its designers intended… that is, the structure absorbed the blast without structural deficits. In short, all the hoorah from Washington is pure bullshit and hokum.

By the way… here’s one last thing as a sign of how detached from reality Washington is… Senator Lindsay Graham is angry that the Syrian forces started using the base again the day after the “strike”… “Assad is telling us, ‘Fuck you'”. Indeed, he is…

The Anglo toddlers are throwing a tantrum. However, I’d observe that Anglos are never more dangerous than when they’re vexed… they’re “morally superior” and “exceptional”, dontcha know…

BMD

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