-More fun in the sun brought to us by the Arab Spring.
Even the Assyrian News (Article is linked at top) must be feeling tremendous pressure to use neutral language to avoid further inflaming the anger of Muslims, especially since Syria is catching up with Iraq and Egypt as a place in which Christians cannot live without experiencing the horror of Islamic tolerance. They used the phase "sectarian crisis" when reporting on this event.
As has become the norm in the Middle and Near East, this pogrom started out with an event that, in non-Islamic nations, would have garnered no notice whatsoever. A Coptic launderer is said to have burned the shirt of a Muslim customer. The report indicates that both parties agreed to meet later to get the whole thing settled.
In a Khaffir nation such as those of Western Europe, Israel, or any other non-Muslim place on the earth, the business owner would either agree to pay for the damaged article or, in the event that the owner claimed that the shirt had been damaged prior to its submission to be cleaned, be sued in small claims court for the damage with both parties being able to state their cases before a judge.
Since the Copt lives in a nation in which, not only are the courts routinely hostile to Christians, but is currently about as safe for his coreligionists as a Turkish prison, it is safe to assume that the man was prudent enough to fork over the money for the shirt and be done with the matter.
This being insufficient cause for satisfaction for the oppressed Muslim gentleman (That shirt must have had tremendous sentimental value), he returned to exact vengeance for the burned shirt. Not only did he return looking for a fight; 3,000 people surrounded the Copt's house, some of them armed with Molotov cocktails. 3,000 people for a burned shirt - I couldn't get three people who wouldn't be bored to death listening to my story had I been that customer.
The Copt, in all probability feeling that the lives of those inside the house were terribly threatened, launched a Molotov cocktail of his own from his house. A 25 year-old man who, according to the report, was just passing by (Yea, I always just pass by angry mobs of thousands of people), suffered severe burns and later died in a hospital.
That's when all Islamic hell broke loose:
Bolding is added.
"As 120 families had already fled the village the day before after being terrorized, the businesses and homes were an easy game for the mob to make a complete clean-up of everything that could be looted," said Coptic activist Wagih Jacob. "The security forces were at the scene of the crime while it was taking place and did nothing at all."
After the violence, the family of the deceased Moaz Hasab-Allah said that destroying Coptic property is not enough and that Coptic [Copts or Copt?] have to "pay for their son's death" with lives. They did not yet accept condolences for his death, which is a sign that a vendetta is intended. In certain parts of Egypt, when the family of a deceased intends to take revenge, they accept no condolences before the persons responsible are killed.