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-- breaking news overseas right now Christians under siege in parts of the Middle East first in Cairo funeral.
For nearly two dozen Christians killed in clashes with Egyptian security forces taking place they were protesting.
Recent attacks on fellow Christians and churches when they were attacked meanwhile in a -- on the.
-- of a Christian pastor facing execution said to be in the hands of that country's supreme leader.
Refusing to renounce his faith and conversion out of Islam to christianity.
About John Bolton former US ambassador to UN and -- Fox News contributor and good morning to you first on Iran -- -- -- development on that what is it well the court -- been looking at this particular case has referred the whole matter back to the trial court on the ground that there was insufficient investigation.
I think that probably is because they don't wanna put the onus on the supreme leader to decide one way or the other.
Think they want to -- this issue I think they see its cause them nothing but bad.
Publicity worldwide and this is a way to do it proceedings in earlier today before this news crossed you thought they would spare his life.
Yeah I think I need to find -- way do you still yes I because I think it it just puts them in such a bad light.
But I don't think they want to have the supreme leader make that decision so so this could be this breaking development.
Could be the procedural way they found the -- -- whole issue now there are some groups in the US working despair this man's life they contend that Iran is feeling the pressure.
Well I hope you agree I hope that's right I think there's some possibility that this is a clear.
Case of absolute that a lack of religious toleration.
And it's something that I think -- Iran and potentially other regimes in the region very vulnerable when their called -- okay we will.
Measure and watch his fate.
Literally is that plays out there meanwhile in Egypt I don't know what you make it this you know the revolution happened in February of last year.
This past year rather in Mubarak was a guy as a leader who's now on trial for crimes against the Egyptian people Mubarak is a guy who protected the Coptic Christians.
He's also marginalize the Muslim extremists.
Now it seems.
In the view of many that that balance is starting to tip you well I was never that optimistic about the Arab spring to Begin with I was hopeful but I was.
-- was tried to be realistic about it and move -- Ran a secular regime.
Boutros Boutros Ghali Secretary General of the United Nations a Coptic Christian his grandfather.
Coptic Christians prime minister the that the danger that the -- now see.
Is that it moving away potentially from.
Secular government one that may be dominated not by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Itself by its friends and allies would leave them very difficult position so approximately a 100000 Coptic Christians have already left Egypt in the past few months and there's a lot of speculation.
Especially after this violence that even more.
Right in the past.
Few months as the country of eighty million I believe right the Coptic Christians I kind of -- out and about 10% you're talking eight million people and a 100000 of left already don't expect that to continue a lot of people are speculating that in this does not now an abstract discussion about religious freedom this is people who had seen the future and are voting with their feet again out of camp before it gets dangerous in the US do or it beyond our ability to influence which is what we found out this past year when we tried to influence.
The outcome of these so cauldron Lou I don't think we should overestimate what our influences but what I would do would be go to the army which has been the recipient of enormous assistance.
From the United States ever since Camp David in 1979 and I'd say.
Get these other security forces under control no more.
How that demonstration with suppressed.
Or you're gonna be at risk of the cut off of American military -- will they listen I think that's a persuasive argument to make I hope they do listen I hope for the security of the relationship we have with Egypt for these strategic situation of Israel and other friends of ours in the region if it goes wrong in Egypt.
It's going to be a bad signal across the entire Middle East thank you for your time and jumble thanks -- that.
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