Sinai: New Islamic Terror Emirate?
The Egyptians were the first to condemn Israel each time it fired back at terrorists who launched rockets and missiles at Israeli cities and communities. The Egyptians are finally learning that terrorism is a double-edged sword, and that those who approve of terror activities will one day find themselves targeted by the same terrorists.
Until last week, the underground tunnels along the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt did not seem to bother the Egyptians.
The dozens of tunnels that have long been used to smuggle weapons, basic goods, fuel and terrorists into the Gaza Strip were fine as long as they did not pose a threat to Egyptian national security and interests.
The weapons that were being smuggled into the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip were being used against Israel, not Egypt.
For that reason, the Egyptian authorities have long turned a blind eye to the activities going on along their shared border with the Gaza Strip. This policy did not start with the arrival of Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi to power in June.
Under ousted President Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian authorities also preferred to bury their heads in the sand and pretend that all was quiet on the front with the Gaza Strip.
Why should the Egyptians be worried if the weapons were being smuggled in one direction only - from Sinai to the Gaza Strip?
And why should any Egyptian be concerned if the smuggled rockets, missiles and mortars were being fired just toward Israel?
Each time Hamas or other terror groups launched attacks against Israel, many Egyptians did not conceal their jubilation. Most used to defend the Palestinians' right to carry out "resistance attacks" against Israel.
Egyptian hypocrisy would reach its peak each time they would publicly condemn Israeli air strikes against the underground tunnels and terror groups in the Gaza Strip.
The Egyptians were the first to condemn Israel each time it fired back at terrorists who launched rockets and missiles at Israeli cities and communities.
But in the last week, the Egyptian security forces have been using military helicopters, tanks and armored vehicles to track down and kill dozens of terrorists in Sinai. The Egyptian offensive came in response to the killing of 16 border guards at the hands of Muslim terrorists in Sinai last week.
Now the Egyptians are paying a heavy price for their hypocrisy and failure to see the threat coming from extremist Islamic groups.
Last week's attack on the Egyptian military base has apparently served as a wake-up call for many Egyptians.
The Egyptians are finally learning that terrorism is a double-edged sword, and that those who approve of terror activities will one day find themselves targeted by the same terrorists.
This lesson applies not only to Egypt, but to other Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon and Libya, which also used to approve of terrorism, whether directly or indirectly. These countries are now getting a bitter taste of what terrorism really is.
It will take weeks, if not months, before the Egyptians regain control over Sinai and eliminate all terror cells operating in the peninsula. The security clampdown will succeed only if the Egyptians persist in their bid to cleanse Sinai of all the terror groups.
If the Egyptian authorities get tired quickly and decide to go back to sleep, they will wake up one morning to discover that Sinai and the Gaza Strip have merged to form an Islamic terror emirate.
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|What ye preach ye shall sow [114 words]||Sharon Bussell||Aug 13, 2012 12:30|
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by Pierre Rehov
For terrorists, the death of innocent children is irrelevant. In a society that promotes martyrdom as the ultimate sign of success, the death of innocent children can sometimes even be seen as a public relations blessing.
In every action, intent is paramount. There should never be a moral equivalence painted between the deliberate killing of civilians, and a retaliation that tragically leads to casualties among civilians.
There is, however, one small difference: in the Middle East, reporters are threatened, except in Israel. Their choice becomes a simple one: promote the Palestinian point of view or stop working in the West Bank. Keep the eye of the camera dirty or lose your job. This show should not go on.
by Khaled Abu Toameh
Since 1948, the Arab countries and government have been paying mostly lip service to the Palestinians.
"They have money and oil, but don't care about the Palestinians, even though we are Arabs and Muslims like them. What a Saudi or Qatari sheikh spends in one night in London, Paris or Las Vegas could solve the problem of tens of thousands of Palestinians." — Palestinian human rights activist.
"Some Arabs were hoping that Israel would rid them of Hamas." — Ashraf Salameh, Gaza City.
"Some of the Arab regimes are interested in getting rid of the resistance in order to remove the burden of the Palestinian cause, which threatens the stability of their regimes." — Mustafa al-Sawwaf, Palestinian political analyst.
"Most Arabs are busy these days with bloody battles waged by their leaders, who are struggling to survive. These battles are raging in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Libya and the Palestinian Authority." — Mohammed al-Musafer, columnist.
"The Arab leaders don't know what they want from the Gaza Strip. They don't even know what they want from Israel." — Yusef Rizka, Hamas official.
by Soeren Kern
European elites, who take pride in viewing the EU as a "postmodern" superpower, have long argued that military hard-power is illegitimate in the 21st century. Unfortunately for Europe, Russia (along with China and Iran) has not embraced the EU's fantastical soft-power worldview, in which "climate change" is now said to pose the greatest threat to European security.
For its part, the European Commission, the EU's administrative branch, which never misses an opportunity to boycott institutions in Israel, has issued only a standard statement on the shooting down of MH17 in Ukraine, which reads: "The European Union will continue to follow this issue very closely."
The EU has made only half-hearted attempts to develop alternatives to its dependency on Russian oil and gas.
by Shoshana Bryen
Proportionality in international law is not about equality of death or civilian suffering, or even about [equality of] firepower. Proportionality weighs the necessity of a military action against suffering that the action might cause to enemy civilians in the vicinity.
"Under international humanitarian law and the Rome Statute, the death of civilians during an armed conflict, no matter how grave and regrettable does not constitute a war crime.... even when it is known that some civilian deaths or injuries will occur. A crime occurs if there is an intentional attack directed against civilians (principle of distinction) or an attack is launched on a military objective in the knowledge that the incidental civilian injuries would be clearly excessive in relation to the anticipated military advantage (principle of proportionality)." — Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court.
"The greater the military advantage anticipated, the larger the amount of collateral damage -- often civilian casualties -- which will be "justified" and "necessary." — Dr. Françoise Hampton, University of Essex, UK.
by Irfan Al-Alawi
"Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi" is Abu Du'a, a follower of the late Osama Bin Laden. By adding the name "Al-Qurayshi" in his current alias, he is also seeking to affirm descent from Muhammad.
The allegation of theological sovereignty over all Sunnis extends to Indonesia and Morocco. The idea that the borders between Syria and Iraq will be dissolved by the new "caliphate" defies all Islamic theology and history. As the Qur'an states, "Allah "made the nations and tribes different." (49:13) Syria and Iraq have been distinct for millennia.
The "Islamic State" seeks to obliterate these diverse identities by expelling or killing all Shias and Sunni Sufis. And it does not invoke the Ottoman caliphate in its propaganda, demonstrating decisively the fake nature of the "Islamic State."
A caliphate is obsolete and the "Islamic State" is totalitarian. All Sunnis need to repudiate them soundly, even by force of arms.