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Current issue | Issue 1341, (20 - 26 April 2017)
Thursday,25 April, 2019
Issue 1341, (20 - 26 April 2017)

Ahram Weekly

‘Cat on a hot tin roof’

St Mark church of Alexandria
St Mark church of Alexandria

As regretful tears incessantly flow over the tragedy of Palm Sunday, we wonder where Spring went.

It may be here but absent is the hope and promise of re-birth and renewal. There is not a spot on this planet which is not ignited with hatred, hostility and bloodshed. The universe is stretched out upon a rack smoldering with infernal heat and we poor humans keep jumping for some relief, but find no place to hide.

Has the whirligig of nature brought about a flood of ill-luck to this thwarted race? Has she given up on her duties to fill our hearts with love and romance, music and dance? Has she too colluded with the forces of evil against the forces of good to wreak revenge on those muddled-up creatures, who can no longer differentiate between one and the other? We shudder to think of the outcome.

What an unhappier prediction for our children.

Each generation dreams of leaving this world a better place for the next. But while we mull it over, rub our hands, scratch our heads, the next generation will already be here, and our legacy will be no more than a damnable inferno.

Egypt has suffered immeasurably and still is, from the satanic Muslim Brotherhood and their network of criminals. Despite the mammoth task ahead of him against those fake Islamists, President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi is a bulwark against Islamic violence… as attested by US President Donald Trump. A true Muslim he reveres the Christian faith, as do all Egyptians.  Egypt is their land as it is ours. They cherish it as Muslims do. No terrorist Islamic or otherwise can take this away from all of us.

We have to scold our race for its penchant for hostility and combat. The whole planet is in turmoil with a feverish desire to destroy and kill.

What is a man without pity?

Acts of wicked men spread and fester. They affect the weak, before the strong, the innocent before the guilty. The poor are already battered by a declining humanity.

Has History ever witnessed such ruthless brutality? Radically wretched militant Islamists blinded and diseased condemn their own to commit suicide in order to see death and blood, any blood. With the many Christian victims, 17 Muslims were also killed on Palm Sunday including two female security officers.

Why is the world tolerating this primitive savagery, and until when?

Cheers for more Tomahawks and massive ordinance air blast better known as Mother of All Bombs, Trump’s serious combat of the Islamic State (IS) until we all celebrate their expiration, extermination and annihilation.

While IS is the world’s despicable threat, hotspots abound on our planet. North Korea and Kim Jung Un’s ambitions are of great concern.  Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons is threatening a third world war. What about Africa and how did the dreaded Nigerian group Boko Haram come to be? Is there no war in Yemen? Are the Russians not suffering from Islamist terrorists as well? Ukraine belongs to whom, Ukrainians or Russians? Who can deny the sectarian conflict in Lebanon. Afghanis are suffering from Islamist militants and Afghanistan is a hotbed for terrorists. Is there not a Kurdish conflict? Is Syria, this noble ancient land, not being torn to pieces by different factions? India is still warring with Pakistan. Mexico is being harassed by killer gangs and opiate dealers. And for over six decades the Israeli-Palestinian conflict wages on and none has been able to find a solution, not the UN, not the US, not the UK, not the EU, not Israel and not Palestine. How can we feel any optimism about the dissolution of IS when we still are embarrassingly unable to find a solution for that everlasting quandary. 

How about the horrendous refugee crisis? Europe boasts of taking in so many thousands, tens or hundreds of thousands, but what is seldom mentioned but bears repeating is Egypt’s genuine embrace of millions of refugees for decades. Ever since the establishment of Israel Egypt has quietly opened its doors to Palestinians, Iraqis, Libyans, Syrians, Sudanese, all prosperous, living a life of dignity and security.

The above-mentioned conflicts are not the only trouble spots on our red hot planet. There is the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, the instability in Mali, violence in the Central African Republic as well as the Congo and the sectarian violence in NyanMar. We must not forget the civil war in South Sudan, the indolent ruffians of Al-Shabab group in Somalia… and even in China we have the Uighur conflict and the political crisis in Burundi. It may be all quite boring and we are running out of space, but the effort was made to prove that the whole world is facing monumental problems and we cannot always look to America or the UN for solutions. So far they have solved little or none.

Egypt is under a state of emergency for the next three months following the horrific massacre at the Church of St Mark of Alexandria, the historic seat of Christendom and at St George Church in Tanta where 27 were killed and 78 wounded. The terrorists were attempting to assassinate Pope Tawadros II, but he had finished services prior to the attack. His Holiness declared: “The attack will only harden the determination of the Egyptian people to move forward in their trajectory to realise security and stability.”    

He spoke for every Egyptian, Christian and Muslim.

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.”

Martin Luther King (1929-1968)

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