Egypt Left to Fight Alone Against Islamist Terrorism

(Jerusalem Post) Zvi Mazel - Egypt's Al-Ahram published a lengthy article on Feb. 12 accusing the U.S., Qatar and Turkey of acting in a hostile manner toward Egypt through its support for the Muslim Brotherhood, and of ignoring the plight of Egypt which is under attack in Sinai and from Libya by Islamist terrorism. Should nothing be done to block the progress of Islamist militias, Libya will turn into the forward base of Islamic State. While Jordan's attacks on Islamic State after the horrific murder of its pilot met with understanding from the West, Egypt received no such support when Egyptian planes struck in Libya after the massacre there of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians. Yet Cairo cannot afford to sit back and wait for a political solution while Islamic State's advance outposts in Libya and other Islamist militias affiliated with the Brotherhood pursue their relentless attacks to weaken Egypt and hamper its economic recovery. The writer, a fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, is a former ambassador to Romania, Egypt, and Sweden.

2015-02-27 00:00:00

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