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Current issue | Issue 1190, (27 March - 2 April 2014)
Saturday,18 August, 2018
Issue 1190, (27 March - 2 April 2014)

Ahram Weekly

The gangs are here

Has the world turned upside down, inside out, or has it always been topsy-turvy?  Endless tears are pouring constantly, forming pools and streams on the Western map, because the citizens of Crimea, voted to be annexed to the Russian state. Not one tear was shed over the ominous fate of the people of Egypt when they cried for freedom from a wicked and unlawful Islamic extremist government!

When Egyptians revolted against an unjust, despotic rule, they called it a military coup!

When they tried to abort the activities of outlaws and terrorists carrying out acts of violence against the citizens, they called the perpetrators ‘freedom fighters’, who should be afforded their human rights. Defending ourselves from criminal acts is not considered a human right! It is enough to crack one’s brain!

The world has run amuck, and reason has vanished under a black cloud!

Egyptians however, are intuitively prudent! They have inherited the wisdom of a civilisation as old as history.

With patience and determination they peacefully removed their barbarous, brutal government, their only weapon, a burning desire for liberty and a true democracy… an admirable act by all accounts!  Not to the Western powers, who were more concerned with the abolished monstrous Brotherhood, than with their innocent victims and peaceful citizens.

Egypt has toppled the MB government but their criminal gangs are still creating havoc in every corner of the land, and the killing continues daily. For mysterious motives, the West turns a blind eye and a deaf ear, but we have learned to overlook their blind eyes and deaf ears. The government and the citizens are fighting back those street gangs who are a constant menace to their safety and security.

Remember the London riots of 2011?  PM Cameron never sounded stronger or firmer, rejecting “the sickening scenes of looting, vandalizing, thieving, robbery… this is criminality pure and simple, and it has to be confronted and defeated”.  Twelve thousand rioters were arrested as a consequence. That made sense, even to the Western governments.  What kind of reaction or media coverage would we get if we were to incarcerate all those gangs?

Those killing gangs call each other different names such as ‘Jihadists’, Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis’ ‘Hizbullah’, ‘Hamas’ among others. But do not be fooled, they are all one and the same, delegates and surrogates of the MB, funded and directed by them. This is a war that Egypt cannot and will not lose. Unlike Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Syria and other Arab countries divided and fragmented by the MB, Egypt is too big, too old and too wise to be dragged into such a predicament. But gang wars are hard, and can last longer than conventional wars.

Hordes of  foreign killers from Iraq, Iran, Bosnia, Chechnya, Sudan, Turkey, Qatar have been smuggled into Sinai with the help of Hamas and Al-Qaeda fighting our armed forces, our security forces, our women and children quivering in their immobility, seemingly indissolubly welded together as their little bodies drop unconscious. Those are the innocent victims of merciless gang wars.

 Reuters reported that the army is losing the battle in Sinai, but Reuters has been wrong before. Sinai is a dear part of this nation for whom 120,000 soldiers gave their lives in order to protect it. It shall not be separated from Egypt again!

The MB gangs have moved to every major city stopping traffic, dismantling railway tracks, attacking independent homes, kidnapping children, burning, looting and breeding terror in every heart.

Gang warfare is nothing new! Common in Latin countries, they started ages ago with the Chinese Triads, the oldest of such groups. Known by their three dots which formed the characters of the Ming Emperor Hung Wu, the Triads fought the Manchu political reactionaries. The Mafia gang started in the 1600s when Sicily was under Spanish rule. Refusing the authority of their rulers, they took the law in their own hands, which resulted in violence.  A Mafioso was much admired then as a brave freedom fighter, but crime soon became their major activity.

The New World became a haven for such criminal groups, known as the outlaws of the Wild, Wild West, such as the Jessie James gang among others, glorified by Hollywood in a myriad movies.  So were the KKK, a violent, racist group of merciless killers, hunting, lynching, raping, hanging the black population of the southern US.

The Islamist extremists are even deadlier and less human than any of the above gangs recorded in history.  

They are guilty of unspeakable crimes committed in the name of the religion of Islam. It is all hogwash. Their trade is to exploit human fear in order to achieve their goal and their goal is the seizure of power, money and land.  They dream dreams of an Empire, which hopefully shall remain dreams until they are completely annihilated by freedom lovers and faithful Muslims who believe in peace, submission and true brotherhood.

Sinai will remain part of Egypt despite their systemic use of violence as a means of political coercion. We shall fight the gangs in every street, on every mountain top, on every field and every river bank, for we are Egyptians, Christians and Muslims, faithful and peace-loving. We too have nothing to offer but “blood, toil, tears and sweat”, to safeguard our nation.

We shall not look to the reasonless West, but we raise our eyes to the heavens calling God as our witness.     

“Reputation of power is power”

Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

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