Silence of Hosanna!

  • The ISIS poses a frontal threat to Sisi
- The Statesman

Apr 14, 2017-

It was a bloody Palm Sunday in Egypt. The prologue to the Holy Week could scarcely have been more catastrophic. The ISIS has claimed responsibility for the explosions that killed 47 devotees in minority Coptic churches. The administration of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has been jolted to its foundations. The three-month emergency that has been declared in Egypt is suggestive of the gravity of the crisis that is rooted in the outrage on the country’s largest religious minority. This must be the first major strike by the Caliphate in the country, though there is no evidence yet to link the ISIS to the pro-Islamic Muslim Brotherhood.

Islamist extremists have of late been targeting the country’s Christian minority. The quasi-military dispensation of a former Field-Marshal now contends with religious strife and the fury of Islamist fundamentalists. The challenge of the Caliphate is forbidding. It has opened up yet another flank on Sunday, one that a jittery government that lacks the support of the people will have to countenance. The emergence of mortal fundamentalism might serve to buttress the morale of the Muslim Brotherhood. The ISIS poses a frontal threat to Sisi, generally perceived to be a strongman who has put security at the heart of his legitimacy in Egypt. 

  He has used his antiIslamic credentials to win the support of Western allies. Sunday’s butchery could change the dynamics of Egypt’s foreign policy.

Published: 14-04-2017 08:18

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