You will have heard the distressing news that Maikel Nabil Sanad, an Egyptian blogger and conscientious objector, has been imprisoned by the Egyptian government:
“I am a pacifist, I am against bearing arms and participating in military and paramilitary organizations. Recruitment goes against my conscience. I don’t want to act against my conscience, whatever the price. I also am not willing to be a pawn on the chessboard of an arms race, struggles and bloodbaths in the region. I don’t want to point a weapon at a young Israeli, recruited into obligatory service, defending his state’s right to exist. I think obligatory service is a form of slavery and I have worked for years for my freedom.”
“I have lived all my life under risk and I’m used to it,” he claims. “They are already saying in the Egyptian media that I’m a spy.”
That is the authentic voice of a peace activist.
What a revolting thing to say.