In Egypt’s war against Islamist terrorism, the military and the police are engaging in zealous, strenuous fighting with the Jihadis in the Sinai Peninsula. Yet, there are two other spots in Egypt
, the Upper Egyptian Minya village of Dalga and the Giza suburb of Kerdasa, whose inhabitants are being held virtual hostages by the Islamist terrorists. Yet the authorities, the police, and the military all appear to be exercising the utmost patience, restraint, calculation, and planning as they drag their feet on freeing these hostages; this despite repeated demand by the media for strong action against the terrorists.
How long will Egyptians be able to take the official patience on Dalga and Kerdasa where oppression and humiliation at the hands of the terrorist occupiers is the day-to-day routine? It is not Egyptians in the mainstream who are alone paying the price, but also the State and the rule of law.
Is it not the right of Kerdasa and Dalga to be recipients of the same official treatment of firmness and persistence in the face of Islamist terror as the Sinai towns of Rafah and Sheikh Zuwayed?
13 September 2013
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