Wednesday,20 February, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1385, (15 - 21 March 2018)
Wednesday,20 February, 2019
Issue 1385, (15 - 21 March 2018)

Ahram Weekly

A sacred war

 the new administrative capital
the new administrative capital

The press this week continued its thorough follow-up of the developments in Sinai.

The editorial of the daily Al-Ahram described the war in Sinai as “sacred”. It said whoever monitors the army’s communiques would reach a few conclusions, the first being that our brave heroes are exerting huge efforts to protect Egypt’s safety and national security.

The second conclusion, the edit elaborated, was that the war that these brave soldiers are waging will not last for just a few days. It is a real war no less challenging than other wars the army has fought throughout its great history.

Third, the danger of this sacred war is that it is taking place at a time when Egypt is implementing development and investment plans.

However, all the sacrifices are not new for our brave fighters.

“Whoever reads the history of our army – either in the distant or near past – which has presented all dear things to their country, is there anything dearer than their lives which they have given to their country?” the edit said.

Mohamed Barakat shed light on the deep and strong ties that have always bound the country and the army.

Without exaggeration, Barakat wrote, the relationship has always been both interesting and perplexing for research centres who follow it worldwide. They regard it as a unique example of a relationship between a country and its army.

He added that such interest has seen a noticeable increase in the last few years as these centres monitor the role the army is playing to protect the country.

“That interest recently reached a climax as these centres follow up on the huge effort exerted by the army and police to face black terrorism and uproot it in Sinai and everywhere else in Egypt,” he wrote in the daily Al-Akhbar.

Barakat added that we respect and feel proud of our sons who do their duty to protect their country.

Suleiman Gouda argued in his regular column that while all eyes are on the new administrative capital, Cairo should not be left to become a victim of negligence.

History, Gouda wrote, will remember that the president thought of a way out of the current crowdedness of Cairo by building a new administrative capital.

Although various men of thought, including the writer, he added, believed that if we were given the option of either building a new capital or investing in education, then we would have chosen the latter.

But now when all eyes are on the new capital, Gouda wrote, that should not be at the expense of Cairo that is currently being encroached upon in a way not seen throughout its history which spans more than 1,000 years.

“In short, Cairo, which at one point in its history was washed every morning with soap and water, now appears as if no-one cares,” Gouda wrote in the daily Al-Masry Al-Youm.

70 years after Al-Nakba

By Rasha Mahdi, Al-Youm Al-Sabei

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