Al-Sisi’s government is living in a chaotic state closer to insanity after the recent leaks which revealed his hatred and exploitation of the Gulf states and its strike on the city of Darnah in Libya in response to the killing of 21 Copts in the city of Sirte. The strike resulted in the killing of seven civilians, including a mother and three children, but the pro-coup media saw this in a different light, as they celebrated the airstrike that avenged the Egyptian Copts. The media, banging the drums of war, welcomed the battle and played the songs sung before the 1967 war. It honestly made you feel as if you were in the 1960s and that you were on the verge of fighting a real war.
The media also took the opportunity to boost the coup leaders, as if the massacre against the Copts was an opportunity to polish him after the rust that befell him over the past seven months since he was inaugurated. A large number of Egyptians realised that they were deceived by him and that he has not provided them with the minimum standards of a dignified life. Instead, since his presidency, everything has taken a turn for the worse, as the price of electricity have risen even though it is still winter and the queues for bread and gas canisters are longer. There has also been an absence of freedom, while Al-Sisi’s government is founded on oppression and tyranny.
I say that all of these need to be covered since we are embarking on a war, and therefore, all Egyptians must rally behind their heroic leader who will engage in a war on terrorism and will rid the world of it. Egypt had submitted an official request to the UN Security Council to enter Libya militarily, but its request was denied, as the Security Council said that the solution in Libya must be political, without even referring to Egypt’s request. The Egyptian coup leader failed to market himself internationally as the region’s police, and when he found that the Gulf states would not support him, even though he is their paid servant, the Egyptian foreign minister attacked Qatar and accused it of supporting terrorism. This drove the GCC to issue a statement condemning the foreign minister’s statement and praising the role played by Qatar in fighting terrorism, thus causing the coup-led government to plead and beg with the GCC to withdraw their statement and replace it with another.
Then suddenly, we see the coup leader on television in a dramatic manner implicitly apologising to the leaders of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait for the leaks, calling it fourth-generation “4G” warfare. However, he did not deny or refute what was said in the leaks, instead saying “the question we need to ask is why now?” The president looked broken and shaken, as if he was saying to them do not leave me alone in this position. Later, in a surprise move, the appointment of a new Egyptian ambassador to Yemen was announced, and the new ambassador to Yemen announced Egypt’s cooperation with the Houthis and that the next phase will involve strategic cooperation between the two countries. This of course was a clear message to the new rulers of Saudi Arabia saying that if they do not continue to support him financially with their billions of dollars (like rice), then he will turn to Iran.
This is an obvious exploitation of the Gulf that harms the image of Egypt, but the gang ruling Egypt does not care about the country. Instead, they work in service of their own interests. However, they were dealt a harsh blow a few days later when the Yemeni President Hadi Mansour managed to leave Sanaa and go to Aden, making it the area of his governance. This forced Al-Sisi to recall the Egyptian ambassador to Yemen, while the Saudi and Qatari ambassadors returned to work from Aden. In addition to this, the UN declared President Hadi Mansour the legitimate president of Yemen. So, to the coup leader I say: what will you do since you support any coup leader like yourself in Yemen and Libya; you are truly the commander of the counter-revolutions in the Arab Spring countries.
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