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The article reports that a recent church attack in Alexandria was not only shocking to Egyptians, but also terrifying to those who saw it as the beginning of the end of a Christian presence in the country, as well as in the Arab world.
Masaad provides a historical and regional context of the current sectarian tensions in Egypt. He then goes back to the current situation, saying that those who believe that foreign intervention will protect the Copts would actually bring about a wider role for American imperialism in the country.
In the end, the author calls for reforms in government and the end of discrimination, as well as reforms in Egyptian religious institutions.