Former Field Marshall and presidential hopeful Abdel Fattah al-Sisi appeared on television for the first time in an extended interview on May 5 and May 6 of 2014. The interview was conducted by two leading presenters in Egyptian media who championed the ouster of former present Mohamed Morsi, Ibrahim Eissa, known to have been an opponent of Hosni Mubarak, and Lamis al-Hadidi, known to have been a supporter of his National Democratic Party.
The U.S. should recognize that Gen. el-Sissi will bring stability and unite the country.
Less than a week after al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri called on jihadists to attack Egyptian security forces and in the wake of a series of bloody assaults in and around Cairo, the Obama administration has finally backed down and permitted Egypt the 10 Apache helicopters it needs to defend itself against a full-blown insurrection in the Sinai.
Washington wakes up in the morning to multiple events all over the world and finds itself forced to react to them. In the past, the opposite was true, but nowadays, Obama’s administration anxiously reacts to world events as opposed to setting the global agenda and forcing other countries to deal with the consequences. This is because America decided to ignore the world and become a state instead of a modern empire.
On a recent trip to Egypt with a delegation of national security experts and journalists we had the opportunity to meet with senior-level Egyptian security officials, as well as several members of the country’s various religious and civil society movements. The message being disseminated in the Western press about Egypt is contrary to the reality on the ground.
It is important, sometimes, to distance oneself from the internecine strife going on in Egypt today, and remember the country's rich heritage as a seed ground for all that we in the West consider ours. Egypt is behind all our ways of thinking, even if we are not aware of it.
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Coptic Solidarity 2014 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 26-28, 2014.