The January 1st bombing at Saints Church in Alexandria killed 23 and injured approximately 100.
Mass murder was perpetrated as security personnel from Egypt's Interior Ministry were withdrawn from the area shortly before the blast.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.
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
President & CEO
Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda
Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State and Ambassador to Turkey
Former South African High Commissioner to the UK and Secretary General of the ANC
Maria Livanos Cattaui
Member of the Board, Petroplus Holdings, Switzerland
Former Editor-in-Chief, The Asahi Shimbun, Japan
President & CEO, Fiore Capital
Dean, Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po
Chairman, Open Society Institute
Former Foreign Minister of Finland
Former Political Adviser to King Abdullah II and to King Hussein, and Jordan Permanent Representative to the UN
Former U.S. Ambassador and Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
Former Secretary-General of the United Nations; Nobel Peace Prize (2001)
Chief Columnist for Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel
Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group LLC; Former U.S. National Security Advisor
Vice President of the Senate; Former Minister of International Trade and European Affairs of Italy and European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid
Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe
Toni Stabile, Professor of Practice in Investigative Journalism; Director, Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, Columbia University, U.S.
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)
Former Foreign Minister of Denmark
President Emeritus of Crisis Group; Former Foreign Affairs Minister of Australia
Former Prime Minister of Belgium
Former Foreign Minister of Germany
Arnold Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University; Former UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations
Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and U.S. Trade Representative
Former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Sweden
Former U.S. Ambassador to Austria; Chair, Institute for Inclusive Security and President, Hunt Alternatives Fund
Founder and Chair, Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Founder, Celtel International
Former Foreign Affairs Minister of the Russian Federation
UN Special Rapporteur on the Freedom of Religion or Belief; Chairperson, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Former President of Chile
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
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.
Former President of Tanzania
Senior Associate, International Economics Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Former Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy
Legal Practitioner, Lagos, Nigeria
Chairperson, Sabancı Holding, Turkey
Former EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, NATO Secretary-General and Foreign Affairs Minister of Spain
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.