Shocking: Egypt clearer than U.S. on fighting ISIS

We hear lots about the Obama administration building a coalition to confront ISIS – but we have yet to hear who and their contributions. There’s a priority to develop an Arab coalition to fight this scourge, and of course the first country we are turning to for that is Saudi Arabia. However, there is another country, which has been a stalwart ally of America in the Middle East and is fighting against Islamic jihadists right now — Egypt.

Egyptian leaders — unlike our own – seem to “get” the strategic perspective on combating Islamic terrorism and jihadism. As reported by CNS News, “During Secretary of State John Kerry’s weekend visit to Cairo, his Egyptian counterpart pushed for the new international focus on countering terrorism to go beyond Syria and Iraq, arguing that the same ideology espoused by the jihadists there is driving other Islamist extremists, including those in Egypt’s neighboring territories. A spokesman for President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi said that in talks with Kerry the president had “stressed that any international coalition against terrorism must be a comprehensive alliance that is not limited to confront a certain organization or to curb a single terrorist hotbed but must expand to include all the terrorist hotbeds across the Middle East and Africa.”

I have a one-word response: Amen!

Why haven’t we heard one single Western leader state the exact same thing and understand this is a strategic conflagration of global consequences? Instead we have more equivocating and deliberating by Western leaders to come up with “nuanced” language that fits into some PC box so as to not offend.

Egypt along with another Arab nation, the United Arab Emirates, has engaged in air strikes against Islamist militias in neighboring Libya. We also know the al-Sisi government in Egypt ousted the Muslim Brotherhood government to the chagrin of the Obama administration. And it is Egypt who has taken a hard line stance against the Islamic terrorist group, Hamas. So why aren’t we getting commitments from Egypt and UAE to combat the Islamo-fascist ideology and to first defeat ISIS? Perhaps there is a trust factor?

In a most revealing statement, during a joint press appearance with Kerry, Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri underlined the point, calling for a fight against Islamist terrorists “wherever they may be.” “I support the international efforts to fight terrorism and work on supporting these efforts, and support the necessary measures to put an end to this phenomenon, whether in Iraq, Libya, any part of the Arab world, or in Africa,” he said. CNS says, “in reply to a question about possible links between ISIS and Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, a terrorist group based in the Sinai peninsula, he said the two organizations were linked through a common ideologically and vision, even if they portray themselves differently.”

Wow! Now compare that to Kerry’s statement about, “a very significant counter-terrorism operation that has many moving parts which will be conducted over time.” Gee, is there any possibility we could trade our Secretary of State for the Egyptian Foreign Minister? Mr. Shukri understands that at a strategic level we must defeat the ideology and the global Islamist movement – it’s not about just a group here or there. That’s what a dedicated campaign plan should entail, not what Obama presented last week Wednesday.

And in what has to be the most clarity I’ve seen, Foreign Minister Shukri stated per CNS, “We believe that this extremist, exclusionary ideology is common among all terrorist organizations,” adding that Egypt monitors cooperation between such groups and recognizes that they pose threats across borders between national states. “They want to eliminate these states so that this extremist ideology will prevail.” Shukri said Egypt believed defeating terrorism was “a collective responsibility.” “There should be agreement between members of the international community to eliminate these phenomena wherever they may be.”

Now that is a definitive statement of the intent of the global Islamist movement.

The rift between the U.S. and Egypt — actually between Obama and Egypt — is a result of a differing view of the Muslim Brotherhood, a veteran Islamist organization which Obama views as a legitimate political force and Egypt sees as a terrorist group. CNS reports that “Sisi, in his then capacity as military chief, toppled the Islamist organization’s ruling administration in July 2013 and cracked down on its leaders, from former President Mohamed Morsi down.” Of course we all know it was Obama who invited the Muslim Brotherhood to his University of Cairo speech in 2009, placing their members front and center.

I always take what the Saudis say with a grain of salt, however this I can agree with. Last week Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal stated, after meeting with Kerry and representatives from 10 Arab countries pledged to tackle ISIS, about the need for a “comprehensive” approach to the problem that “extends to deal with this terrorism that strikes Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.” He said those countries had become safe havens for “these organizations and their networks, in particular with regard to the transfer of weapons and ammunition to them and among them.” And by the way, Saudi Arabia is a close ally of Sisi’s Egypt and is strongly opposed to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The fault lines are drawn between Islamist supporting states (Qatar, Turkey, Kuwait, Iran) and non-Islamist supporting states (Egypt, UAE, and perhaps Saudi Arabia). Unfortunately we have seen with whom Obama is willing to meet and negotiate, that message is clear in the region. There is a potential coalition but they want to see commitment and leadership.

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Thomas Jones
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That means Egypt stands against Americas terrorist leaders

Yukon36
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Which would be Obama and his administration -present and past

Thomas Jones
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They have to include America in their war on terror now.

MagicMatt
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Obama’s obsession with his friends the Muslim Brotherhood (allied
with and a precursor to ISIS and al-Qaeda) will continue to hamper the West
fight against Islamic terror. Why else would we want to overthrow our ally Mubarak,
then an impotent Gaddafi plunging Libya into chaos, and now al-Assad in Syria
(western & secular). If there was ever a time to flip Syria from Russia influenced,
to US client-state, now is the time, but instead we will arm the front groups
of Sunni terrorist pretending they are moderates…

ya_think
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Want to get rid of them? Then you need to get rid of those that fund them!!!!!!!

sally thomas
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Ok.. let’s get a reality check here.. ISIS and ALL of the radical Islamic groups in and around the Middle East and Africa are funded by Saudi Arabia and the countries of the UAE .. why? to keep America and the West busy .. but also to keep them from coming to their country!

Hend Ali
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Reality is that all these terrorists in Middle East including Moslem Brotherhood and ISIS are funded and created by USA .

Mohamed Rabea
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reality check? countries of the UAE?
Nuff said alright!

sally thomas
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If you have lived in the Middle East then you know that what i said is absolutely the truth.

Ahmad Orma
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Defeating ideology…will not be that easy
removes the clear causes may be the first step…..
1- stop supporting Israel.
2- Stop supporting Tyrants
3- stop opposing democracy in Middle east
4-Stop forcing economic measures hurting the local population and causing a suppresed economy

5- start showing the real face of america….the people`s face not the corporates
6- start helping those in needs not exploit there needs
7- start the bridge building between nations

trooper4truth
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Defeating terrorism requires that we first remove the Muslim Brotherhood from the Obama administration. Support Israel and Israel’s right to exist. Build an Iron dome in Iraq and a Christian state for Iraqi Christians and immigrants. Iraqi Christians are more entitled to the oil and mineral resources in Iraq as they would use the resources to finance their defense and protect their lives as opposed to what ISIS is doing. Christians won’t bury families and villages alive and blame extremist.

Amr Shebl
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agree with you ,,,, obama has got a black sheet in his head called MB

Abdullah Shawky
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you agree on Supporting Isreal right to exist , and you call your self an arab and a moslim shame on you , my hate to the MB will never make me forget who the real enemy is and it is Isreal and its supporters

trooper4truth
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Reagan had it right all along. Use America’s economic clout and wealth of oil to create an oil glut, bringing down the price of oil. Stop pretending we need to patronize OPEC nations to keep them as allies. We strayed form the course after Reagan left and now we have Arab investors controlling out news media. That’s fine if you want your nation to become a totalitarian or communist regime.

Just Me
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It’s hard to stomach watching our non-veteran “president” ignoring our commanders- all highly trained and highly experienced warriors- and instead making “military” decisions fueled solely by political ideologies. Not by what’s strategically and technically wise. Not by what allows our troops to fight effectively and actually WIN. Not by what’s best for America and her interests. But by what is PC and fits his party’s leftist agenda. He will send our men and women over there and CAUSE THEM TO DIE rather than have the spine and courage to get the job done. THREE YEARS??!! No way that it would… Read more »
Red_SC
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The 3 years is just so he doesn’t have to take responsibility for the results of his “policy.” He has moved from blaming his predecessor to blaming his successor. This is made worse by his aversion to winning in the Middle East. He has said so. This attitude is the exact opposite of what military officers are trained to do.

Mary Neely
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No western leader has the insight or vision to know how to fight ISIS

Amr Shebl
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exactly … but i would like to make modification to your comment to be .

No western leader (full stop)

Amr Shebl
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what about trying to exchange the western leaders because now days i believe that they are not qualified enough . i dont mean any direct or indirect insult or accusing . i just meant what i said….this people are ( political teenagers ) they dont know really what should be done and how and when and where …..

Red_SC
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Why don’t we wise up? It is obvious to the most casual observer that the Middle East is about to explode in a widespread war, nation v. nation, Sunni v. Shiia, Muslim v. Jew. We need to first protect our interests by drilling for oil where ever we can in our own country, and second, back our staunchest ally, Israel. We will never have a friend outside Israel in the Middle East until Islam changes, or is wiped out.

T'
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How can you blame Islam rather than people. It is always the people. There are 1.8 billion Muslims around the world out of which not more than 0.01% have understood the Islamic teachings and ideology in a wrong way and they are doing what they are doing. Please take note that the name terrorist was always linked to Islam because of unfaithful media. If someone did something terrorizing and it happened to be his religion is Islam, this does not mean terrorism is Islam. It is this guy who has a mental problem just like any criminal. Crime does not… Read more »
Barb3000
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Red_SC You will never wipe out Islam because it has ruled the Middle East for thousands of years. If you really want to understand the Muslim religion and Islam please check out a organization called Gatestone Institute. They have articles by writers that really understand what is happening in the Middle East.

Mahmoud
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United States and European nations Should to coincide with the fight against the terrorists, immediately start solving the Palestinian issue and to prevent Israeli attacks repeated the defenseless people until you find the cooperation of the Arab peoples and the vast majority of them are moderate Muslims as it should also help Egypt in its war on terror and the inclusion of Muslim Brotherhood in the terrorism list and not their support

Salem Ebaid
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للاسف ياسيدي نحن لن نستطيع ان نستبدل رجلنا بانصاف الرجال نحن نمتلك ساسة على اعلى طراز ومؤسسة الخارجية المصرية والقائمين الان على السياسة المصرية يتمتعون برؤية واضحة ومحددة تجاه قضايا المنطقة والامة العربية … نحن في مصر لا نكره احدا ولا نخشى احدا ولكن ما تقعله الادارة الامريكية يومياً في حقنا سوف يندم عليه اوباما وكل شخص ساند هؤلاء الارهابيين …. الجواب النهائي تحيا مصر

Ahmed Elmestkawy
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صدقت

Ratified

Salem Ebaid
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Unfortunately, sir, we will not be able to replace our guy fairly men we have the politicians on the top model and the Foundation of Foreign Affairs and those now on Egyptian politics have a clear vision and specific towards the issues of the region and the Arab nation … We in Egypt do not hate one not afraid of one, but what the administration American daily in our right, Obama will regret it and everyone supported these terrorists …. Long live Egypt final answer

James D. Burke
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The Democrat sitting in the Oval Office still hasn’t identified the enemy. If one can’t identify the enemy, one will never win any battles. So, let me identify the enemy. The enemy is ISLAM – all of it. Islam has given birth to ALL the terror around the globe. Islam is the problem. During WW-2 we had several Armies fighting in Germany. Fopr the same reason, Islam has several armies operating under different names. ISIS, Hamas, al-queda, and many other Armies. here and there around the world. The last Administrations have set on their butts and let a large contingent… Read more »
Tetto
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Based on your words i would say, that white people are the problem because they are the cause of all world wars and empiricism….lets not forget who was stealing who’s recourse and who was occupying who’s land. I don’t call all Americans serial killers, for lets not forget who Nucked japan and destroyed Iraq for Oil, i don’t call the french blood thirsty for they killed one million Algerians, i don’t call the British murders based on what they did to African tribes, i don’t call them drug dealers for they are the ones who sold opium to the chinese… Read more »
Hesham Gamal
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How can you blame Islam rather than people. It is always the people. There are 1.8 billion Muslims around the world out of which not more than 0.01% have understood the islamic teachings and ideology in a wrong way and they are doing what they are doing. Please take note that the name terrorist was always linked to islam because of unfaithful media. If someone did something terrorizing and it happened to be his religion is islam, this does not mean terrorism is Islam. It is this guy who has a mental problem just like any criminal. Crime does not… Read more »
KHALED ELSHAMI
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Thank you for this great article. As an Egyptian journalist who closely observed Us foreign policy over the last 25 years, I feel sorry for Mr. Kerry. But I would say it is NOT about personalities here, but the EXPERIENCE Egypt had since 1981 when late president Sadat was killed by friends of Alzawaheri ,the current leader of Alqada. The US needs to watch out now, Egypt is moving toward Russia to get help in confronting terror. Egypt has been a a main source of inspiration in this part of the world in the last FOUR THOUSANDS years, which is… Read more »
Aley Khoga
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“ALQAEDA” IS AN AMERICAN MADE UP MYTH , not saying that people that are supposedly in the alliance dont exsist just that they pose no or little threat to the world in terms of terrorism … now remember 9/11 was a controlled demolition…

evangelical
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Oh look Mr. West thinks his opinions matter. In military matters West is the equivalent of a middle manager at burger king.

ISIS seized Derna Libya. Why? ISIS receives fealty from islamists in Sinai.

Derna, close to benghazi and controls the routes to Alexandria along the coast.

ISIS is wedging Egypt between a rock and a hard place.