While it’s incredible to see Egyptians finally standing up to Hosni Mubarak after years of repression, it is also important to keep an eye on the danger definitely on the horizon if things go sour. Here’s my biggest fear –
For the last months, Coptic Christians (about ten percent of the population) have been understandably worried about their safety. That was before.
Now, there are massive protests , increasingly encouraged by the Muslim Brotherhood threatening to topple the government that has traditionally been a secularizing influence.
Meanwhile, the vote is in – Southern Sudan has voted for independence. The government in Khartoum has promised to respect the vote, but has also promised to enforce Sharia law more strongly in the remainder of the country, which is sure to lead to at least some conflict immediately to the South of Egypt.
I’m not saying more Muslim-Christian violence is inevitable in North-East Africa, but I think its worth keeping an eye on as the US decides how to deal with protests in North Africa and the creation of a new country in Sudan.