The repeated crimes targeting Egypt are an evil act that requires regional and international actions. With its causes and consequences, it is no longer an Egyptian matter.
What happened yesterday in Minya is part of a series of terrorist attacks linked to the Egyptian armed opposition, as well as opposition factions that are openly inciting violent attacks.
It is imperative to demand that all the incitement and actions against Egypt, be considered as international crimes, as is the case today with terrorist organizations like ISIS, al-Qaeda, Ansar al-Sharia and others.
Governments and media outlets allowing the incitement in Egypt must be held accountable, because they are directly responsible for what is happening in the country. We must accuse these governments and media outlets that they are taking part in what is happening in Egypt, because the government apparatuses are no longer targeted as they used to justify themselves earlier - a war between the regime and the opposition. The majority of the crimes now are directed against civilian facilities, engendering civilian victims and inciting religious sectarianism between Copts and Muslims.
The new international approach does not only pursue terrorist organizations, but it will also point the finger at the governments that allow extremist ideologies or accept their political discourse, as well as the governments that promote extremism, both in the media and political levels.Abdulrahman al-Rashed
We support the Egyptian people and we cannot stand idly in the face of these repeated crimes. Keeping mum on the incitements justifying such hideous terrorism attacks, coordinated with opposing political forces, cannot be tolerated anymore.
The Muslim Brotherhood, and the governments supporting the group, must be aware of the gravity of what they are doing because they are responsible for these terrorist operations that are the outcome of their irrational political actions. These groups and their supporting governments will be targeted through international curbs, prosecution and isolation, holding them accountable for the crimes committed in Egypt.
A conflict gone too far
The conflict with the Egyptian government has gone too far. The political, organizational, media, and financing campaign against the Egyptian government has gone too far, after failing to create a peaceful civil opposition movement.
After the failure in repeating the Egyptian Spring scenario, they started advocating and justifying attacks against the government.
As the world is fighting together against ISIS in Iraq and Damascus, it will be angered by what is happening in Egypt. It will not be difficult to hold accountable the governments that support the Egyptian terrorist groups, whether in terms of funds or media exposure.
More than 90 persons were killed in four terrorist sectarian attacks in Cairo, Alexandria, Tanta, and yesterday in Minya.
The new international approach does not only pursue terrorist organizations, but it will also point the finger at the governments that allow extremist ideologies or accept their political discourse, as well as the governments that promote extremism, both in the media and political levels.
There is no doubt that there is an interrelation between these groups claiming to be peaceful but at the same time, agree on terror ideologies. They are now considered as a political entities. This applies to the Muslim Brotherhood, with its Egyptian branch in particular.
The attack in Minya yesterday, similarly to the crime in Manchester a few days ago, is part of the cycle of violence, following justification of terrorism, media propaganda and indirect funding. Terrorism has become an international crime, and it is no longer an internal problem that can be limited to solidarity and acts of consolation.
This article is also published in Arabic.
Abdulrahman al-Rashed is the former General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. A veteran and internationally acclaimed journalist, he is a former editor-in-chief of the London-based leading Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat, where he still regularly writes a political column. He has also served as the editor of Asharq al-Awsat’s sister publication, al-Majalla. Throughout his career, Rashed has interviewed several world leaders, with his articles garnering worldwide recognition, and he has successfully led Al Arabiya to the highly regarded, thriving and influential position it is in today. He tweets @aalrashed.
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