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I understand the impatience and anger that has motivated many people who are angry, grieving and fearful for the future of our beloved Egypt, but let us take a step back and try to think calmly.
1) Has Al Sisy given us any reason to doubt either his judgement or his ability to cope with difficult situations? Think back on the risk he took when Morsi was still ruling, the MB in full power and spreading their people like wildfire to take over every aspect of governance in Egypt. He was the only one with the knowledge of the extent of their infiltration, with a full knowledge of their treasonous behavior and the jeopardy Egypt was in. What did he do? Did he think the odds were too great to take a risk and try to save the country? Did he impulsively use the full army to execute a military coup, that would have been the simplest thing to do under the circumstances, and would have definitely been less costly in human lives? No, he weighed all options, and took the safest road for Egypt as a whole, ensuring an internal rescue scenario that would save Egypt from a ruling terrorist organization, and minimizing the adverse external reaction to the abortion of the plans in place for the demolition and fragmentation of Egypt as a viable State. He devised and carried out a very wise plan, that, in hindsight was probably the one with the least risk to the country and it’s people, but with the maximum risk to him personally and his family and colleagues.
2) Al Sisy’s background is in military intelligence, wouldn’t that put him in the position of actually knowing a great deal more about both the internal and external situations than we do? Knowledge is the best weapon in any given situation, and in his position he has the best of that. He assessed the extent of terrorist infiltration in Sinai specifically, and Egypt as a whole, then acted accordingly. He gave us a hint when he needed popular support to eradicate those terrorist intruders, yet most people, when giving him the mandate he asked for, thought it was just to remove Morsi and the Brotherhood from power. People only realized the extent of the danger, that he knew of all along, months later when they saw how ferocious a fight he had on his hands in Sinai.
3) The fact that each time there was a crisis he came through with flying colors and without any PREVIOUS announcements, doesn’t that give you confidence that the man is doing his job without revealing his hand? Why should the situation be different now? Is it because the fight is now brought into our towns and among our people that we feel it’s immediacy and, like scared children need to be reassured that an adult is taking care of us and protecting us? Why don’t we remember and appreciate the recent history of this man’s behavior? Why can we no longer use our brains instead of giving full rein to our emotions to lead us to anger and violence? By such behavior we are compounding the difficulty of his job. Not only does he need to control the terrorists who have perpetrated this latest atrocity, but he needs to control the angry, frightened masses who are thirsting for blood and vengeance. We are on the precipice of civil war. Once vigilante action has the upper hand, there will be no rule of law and there will be a failed State. This would be playing into the hands of our enemies and implementing their plans for them.
4) It is the sacred duty of every loyal, patriotic Egyptian to control his/her highly justified anger, and channel this energy into how best to help this trustworthy and capable man do his job without adding to his burdens.
I do not claim to have the answers as I am not in the know. I have no inside information or sources near to the decision making group, but I do live here and I do see what is going on. Although my anger and grief yesterday clouded my judgement, and like the majority of Egyptians I was wishing those terrorists ill, this morning better counsel has prevailed, and my brain started clearing and my emotions are more under control. In a fate-deciding struggle you need to have all your wits about you. The anger is most definitely there, but banked for the time being, to allow for proper judgement and execution of the right plans to bring about a successful conclusion.
I do trust Al Sisy’s judgement and ability, and not because of a feeling of gratitude for ridding Egypt of the terrorists who had taken it over, but because of the WAY he went about doing it. He is probably much angrier than ever we could be for it is his people who are targeted daily, it is his responsibility to protect them and the rest of the country, and he has both internal and external constraints that might quite often be debilitating. He has the disadvantage of lacking a strong team to support him politically, economically and internally. A weak, and often suspect group of people who have taken over governance and who, at best are ineffectual, and at worst, whose loyalty is suspect. He can only trust and rely on his own army, his own intelligence services and his own team. The least we can do is not add to his responsibilities.
I understand the feelings of anger and frustration that we are all going through, but now is the time for the careful handling of a very volatile situation that, if mishandled, could end in disaster for the whole country. The anger is justified, but we should also remember that we have someone at the helm who is trustworthy and able, we should therefore do our best to help not hinder him. Internal unrest and violence is not helping. Internal control should be the responsibility of the weak Government, which, in many cases is infiltrated by traitors, it is like trying to hold water in a sieve. Despite all the odds stacked against him, yet I still have confidence in the man and his army to see to the safe deliverance of Egypt. The price will probably be high in lives, but nothing worthwhile ever came cheap.
God bless and protect our beloved Egypt.