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Egypt on journey toward recovery

IN a few days the Egyptians will have to choose between modernity and fanaticism or the terrorists who have not shied from hiding their true bloody identity. A few days separate the Egyptians from the feeling of belongingness to the homeland or sinking deep into the unknown where illiteracy, violence and murder are the order of the day. It is not an ordinary occasion when the people will pour onto the streets of Egypt to give their verdict on the new constitution. It is the evidence that Egypt which was infected by the virus of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood group is on the path to recovery. Therefore, millions of Egyptians who took to the streets and occupied the public squares on June 30, 2013 to get rid of this virus must participate in the referendum without which the June 30 Revolution will remain incomplete.

When nearly 40 million Egyptians took to the streets and public squares to topple Mohammed Morshid - the supreme leader of Brotherhood Movement — they freed their country from the stupidity of isolation and discrimination. These honest people rescued Egypt, the GCC countries and the Arab world at large. We do not want to exaggerate by saying they rescued the Muslim world from the cancer of this group - the group which had given birth to gangs of extremists such as al-Qaeda and Daesh (the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), known colloquially by its Arabic acronym ‘Daesh’) who are keen to distort the true image of Islam.

Yes, the attention of the people of the entire world is focused on Egypt and Cairo has to prove to them that its 7,000-year-old civilization is intact. This long history is not merely built around the pyramids. It is the daily life on which the Egyptians want to prove their belongingness to this land and take this civilization into a world of modernity. Egypt today is passing through the phase of recovery. It has two options - either to contain the disease or to surrender to despair and terrorism that we see in failed Arab countries — the al-Qaeda infected Yemen, the unstable booby-trapped Iraq, Lebanon where daily massacres is a way of life or even Somalia which is ruled by people living in the caves.

Egypt, in this referendum, has to prove that it belongs to the 1,000-thousand-year-old enlightened movement of Azhar or choose the culture of Torah Bora and Qandahar Taleban. With just ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ the Egyptians on Jan 14-15, 2014, will choose their destiny. They will choose between civilization and the darkness and backwardness of extremism which has instilled fear in the hearts of the innocent people after it was shown the door out. This extremism has promoted the culture of booby-trapped bombing in Egypt. This great nation which delighted the GCC States when it toppled the rule of the terrorist group has a duty to complete the journey of recovery and bring Egypt back into the fold of moderate Islam.

By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times


By: Ahmed Al-Jarallah

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