Egypt on the brink of civil war

Steven LeBlanc

04 12 2014

Egypt, a nation of 84 million people is on the verge of imploding. Civil war is very possible as the backers of the Muslim Brotherhood continue to contest the ruling military government. Speaking with someone who just returned from Egypt I was told “I have never seen Egypt so tense and so dangerous”. This individual told me they saw very few tourists and the street could erupt into violence at any moment. For the first time in years they felt “unsafe” when touring the nation.

Recently the Egyptian court sentenced 529 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death. Cairo wants to break the will of the Brotherhood and force it to accept the coup that toppled the government of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on July 3, 2013. The military regime, led by Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi [image above] is determined to macerate the Brotherhood’s influence in Egypt. Over 1,000 Morsi supporters were shot dead after last July’s coup, and some 16,000 Brothers, and leaders of the secular youth movement that sparked the Tahrir revolt, have been rounded up and imprisoned. The domestic strife involving the Brotherhood has created even greater instability in the Middle East than most realize.

The military’s iron fist approach, the most vigorous in Egypt’s modern history, is fueling a violent Islamist insurgency across the country. Since the coup, insurgent attacks have spread from the Sinai peninsula into the cities, there is really no safe place anymore.

Alaa Abdel Fattah, a secular young software engineer and blogger at the heart of the 2011 Tahrir rebellion says, “there is despair among a young generation; they are offering nothing. There is no future, no jobs for graduates and no way out”.
Yet again we see the prophecy play out about the character of the descendants of Ishmael (Arab people) in Egypt (many in Egypt are of the tribe of Ishmael): “He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.”—Genesis 16:12.

Egypt is divided and exhausted—more strife and tension lies ahead.

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