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Rage prevails over wisdom   

Arab Times - 30 April, 2012
Author: Ahmed Al-Jarallah

Has Egypt gone into a political coma by entrusting the reigns of the country into the hands of the mobs who know nothing except chaos? Why has a drug smuggler overnight become the focal point of historic relations between Cairo and Riyadh... and perhaps the capitals of other Gulf states? Why should this one issue jeopardize the interests of 80 million Egyptians at a time when 3,000 Egyptian are serving time for drug-related crimes? Moreover, individuals of various other nationalities have been severely punished for indulging in forbidden activities but the issue has never reached a saturation point.

There is no doubt suspicions abound behind attacks on the Saudi Embassy in Cairo and consulates all over Egypt. Such offensive attacks cannot be associated with a spontaneous reaction to issues of an individual. There are those who are taking advantage of the political and security vacuum which prevails in the Egyptian capital to throw Egypt into the whirlpool of isolation — isolation from its neighbors and the world. Is Egypt heading in the same direction as North Korea and Iran? Is another pariah state in the making?

Dozens of questions have suddenly popped up — questions such as what is cooking in the kitchens of Egyptian political parties — the parties that control the affairs of the state, at a time when the army is looking for compromises to satisfy each party. This is so because the Army may not be aware that the affairs of a State cannot be managed through courtesies. We say this because we are aware how over the past few months the Egyptian, Arab and Gulf investors have left the country in droves.

The insults hurled by a handful angry women against the Kingdom and other Gulf states when they demonstrated in front of the Saudi Embassy in Cairo were mere outbursts but the absence of security forces to protect the Saudi diplomatic missions during this time suggests the incidents were not spontaneous but calculated deliberate acts to sabotage the relations between the two countries and an attempt to make a mountain out of a molehill. What has happened can be termed ‘unprecedented’ in the long history of relations between Cairo and Riyadh even during darkest political conflicts experienced by the region.

The response to the verdict issued against a drug trafficker lawyer could not have scaled the height of hostility unless someone was carrying the straw that broke the camel’s back — the back of relations between the two countries especially since the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia considered relations with Egypt as historical and deep-rooted to such an extent the late King AbdulAziz, the founder of the Kingdom had commanded his children and grandchildren never to abandon Egypt

Unfortunately, rage prevailed over wisdom when dealing with such issues because the decision was left in the hands of a few mobs to decide the fate of a country the size of Egypt. The absence of a ‘ruler’ makes Egypt more vulnerable and a likely prey for political opportunists each of whom is looking for his slice of the cake. Does Egypt want to be a mere prey for those groups that are known for their loyalty to suspicious circles in the region and have been working for decades to spread instability and interfere with the affairs of the neighboring countries?

The best evidence of this is the ‘welcome’ accorded to the Iranian charge d’affaires in Cairo who commented by saying to what has happened as: ‘the Great people of Egypt do not care about cutting relations with Saudi Arabia!’
By: Ahmed Al-Jarallah
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