It's probably the latter since Obama was hell bent on the Muslim Brotherhood running roughshod on the Coptic Christians while he looked the other way. It's just as the head of the Vatican Court, Cardinal Michael Burke said from the Vatican two days ago: Obama has done more to persecute Christians in the United States than anyone by taking away, or working to takeng away, their freedom of religious expression by edict. And when you do this to Christians in the "Land of the Free", the rest of the world sees it as open season on the religion of peace.
Not so in Egypt, however, as the military leader, General Al-Sisi continues his purge of Islamic Extremists in the Muslim Brotherhood. While Mohamed Morsi and thirty-six other Brotherhood leaders remain in custody awaiting trial resolution, the courts have now condemned 529 terrorists to death and more are now going to trial. Oh, they will get the opportunity to appeal as they should, but the General is determined to end the terrorism and bloodshed that has racked Egypt ever since Morsi was elected and then attempted to turn the nation into a dictatorial Muslim state owned and operated by the Brotherhood.
As always happens in these situations in the Middle East, Christian groups who supported the military suffered as much, if not more than anyone. These are the ten percent of Egypt that is Coptic Christian, and many were killed, including men, women and children and their churches and homes burned out. The military is working hard to stamp this out and that's part of the reason for the convictions. Murder, torture and property destruction will not be condoned by the General and he is committed to stamping it out.
Christian-believing Americans should see General Al-Sisi's actions as something that was necessary to avoid turning Egypt into a permanently broiling inferno which had nothing to do with a video. Things are better today for Egyptians as order is being returned, commerce is getting re-started and people are beginning to get on with their daily lives.
The military has also taken steps to close the tunnels from Egypt to Gaza, a primary route for terrorist weaponry to make its way to Palestinian terrorists (Hamas and company) to be used directly against Israel. The open border passage from Egypt to Gaza is now tightly controlled if not closed.
Egypt has also begun working with Israel informally on terror issues. General Al-Sisi and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu both know that they have the opportunity to lessen the strife and thereby stabilize their corner of the world. It's what is needed and it offers hope against the terrorism that has been so rampant and so deadly in both countries.
Sometimes the Lord works in mysterious ways and he uses unexpected bedfellows. Let us hope and pray that this is one of those cases that will ultimately lead to peace. And if you want to read about the goings-on in Egypt and Israel, the online Jerusalem Post is a good source (jpost.com). Unlike the Obama-compliant media, it will tell you the truth.
The Lord be with you and have a great day.