Egypt’s el-Sissi on Extremism and Muslim Brotherhood
The mainstream media labels Egyptian President el-Sissi as the man who overthrew his “popularly elected” predecessor Mohammed Morsi. Left out of this characterization is the not minute issue that the Muslim Brotherhood supported Morsi. El-Sissi clearly has a firm understanding of Islamist issues that elude the Obama White House:
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said in an interview that the Mideast region needs to cooperate to defeat a worsening terrorist threat that has led to a “ferocious war” in Egypt and created the danger of some countries “sliding into failure.”
El-Sissi, speaking through a translator, said that regional security is in “its most vulnerable state.”
“There is an increase in the extremist groups. There is the problem of the refugees that are flowing into Europe. With all that in mind, we can sense how difficult and how complicated” the challenge is, he said.
Security forces have cracked down hard on Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists. Hundreds of Islamists have been killed and thousands arrested, and Morsi and other Brotherhood leaders have had death sentences issued against them in multiple trials. The trials and the crackdown have brought heavy criticism from human rights groups. El-Sissi’s government contends the Brotherhood is complicit in violence, a claim the group denies, saying authorities want to crush them as a political opposition.