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The January 1st bombing at Saints Church in Alexandria killed 23 and injured approximately 100.

Suite101: Coptic Christian Protests  in Egypt After New Year's Bombing

Mass murder was perpetrated as security personnel from Egypt's Interior Ministry were withdrawn from the area shortly before the blast.

Clearly, killing these Christians was set up to be blamed on the Muslim Brotherhood and Sinai Islamicists. However, the scheme unraveled. Knee jerk reactions such as we have seen over the last 50 years out of Washington were not activated. Instead, crisis management at a very high level ensued.

More BTF:

Removal of the Egyptian government has been effected with appropriate responses by Army and the Vice President.

The Interior Minister is sacked and under house arrest.

This group has carried out top level contacts:

Lord (Christopher) Patten  
Co-Chair, Crisis Group
Former European Commissioner for External Relations, Governor of Hong Kong and UK Cabinet Minister
Chancellor of Oxford University

Thomas R Pickering  
Co-Chair, Crisis Group
Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Russia, India, Israel, Jordan, El Salvador and Nigeria
Vice Chairman of Hills & Company

Louise Arbour  
President & CEO
Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda
Executive Committee

Morton Abramowitz
Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State and Ambassador to Turkey

Cheryl Carolus
Former South African High Commissioner to the UK and Secretary General of the ANC  

Maria Livanos Cattaui  
Member of the Board, Petroplus Holdings, Switzerland

Yoichi Funabashi
Former Editor-in-Chief, The Asahi Shimbun, Japan  

Frank Giustra
President & CEO, Fiore Capital

Ghassan Salamé
Dean, Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po

George Soros
Chairman, Open Society Institute  

Pär Stenbäck
Former Foreign Minister of Finland

Adnan Abu-Odeh
Former Political Adviser to King Abdullah II and to King Hussein, and Jordan Permanent Representative to the UN

Kenneth Adelman
Former U.S. Ambassador and Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency  

Kofi Annan
Former Secretary-General of the United Nations; Nobel Peace Prize (2001)

Nahum Barnea
Chief Columnist for Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel

Samuel Berger
Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group LLC; Former U.S. National Security Advisor

Emma Bonino
Vice President of the Senate; Former Minister of International Trade and European Affairs of Italy and European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid

Wesley Clark
Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe

Sheila Coronel
Toni Stabile, Professor of Practice in Investigative Journalism; Director, Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, Columbia University, U.S.

Jan Egeland
Director, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs; Former UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

Mohamed El Baradei
Mr. ElBaradei suspended his membership from the Board of Crisis Group concurrent with his January 2011 return to Egypt.

Director-General Emeritus, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Nobel Peace Prize (2005)

Uffe Ellemann-Jensen
Former Foreign Minister of Denmark

Gareth Evans
President Emeritus of Crisis Group; Former Foreign Affairs Minister of Australia  

Mark Eyskens
Former Prime Minister of Belgium  

Joschka Fischer
Former Foreign Minister of Germany

Jean-Marie Guéhenno
Arnold Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University; Former UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations

Carla Hills
Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and U.S. Trade Representative

Lena Hjelm-Wallén
Former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Sweden

Swanee Hunt
Former U.S. Ambassador to Austria; Chair, Institute for Inclusive Security and President, Hunt Alternatives Fund  

Mo Ibrahim
Founder and Chair, Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Founder, Celtel International

Igor Ivanov
Former Foreign Affairs Minister of the Russian Federation  

Asma Jahangir
UN Special Rapporteur on the Freedom of Religion or Belief; Chairperson, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan  

Wim Kok
Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands  

Ricardo Lagos
Former President of Chile  

Joanne Leedom-Ackerman
Former International Secretary of International PEN; Novelist and journalist, U.S.  

Lord (Mark) Malloch-Brown
Former Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and UN Deputy Secretary-General  

Lalit Mansingh
Former Foreign Secretary of India, Ambassador to the U.S. and High Commissioner to the UK  

Jessica Tuchman Mathews
President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, U.S.

Benjamin Mkapa
Former President of Tanzania  

Moisés Naím
Senior Associate, International Economics Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Former Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy  

Ayo Obe
Legal Practitioner, Lagos, Nigeria

Güler Sabancı
Chairperson, Sabancı Holding, Turkey

Javier Solana
Former EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, NATO Secretary-General and Foreign Affairs Minister of Spain
Chairmen Emeritus

Martti Ahtisaari
Former President of Finland


Patience and humility: the keys to finishing projects.

And thank God for both Barack Obama and Mohamad ElBaradei.

If America had had such men at the top in the 1850s there might well not have been a Civil War.

Originally posted to m50bing0 on Thu Feb 10, 2011 at 11:46 AM PST.

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