TODAY, the government of Egypt and its President Abdul-Fattah El-Sisi are subjected to a fierce campaign of criticism on account of a recent statement about Egypt seeking loan from the World Bank. The campaign is led by the “Brotherhood” and its kind that look at every major achievement through the dark glasses — even after their failed attempt to hijack power and resorting to wicked deeds to topple Egypt, subsequent to the decisive blow Egyptians rendered to defeat them during June 30 revolution.
The current campaign is completely different from those Egypt has experienced over the last two years, because it’s not based on the love for Egypt but hatred for el- Sisi who took power with a white cloth. The cloth and his hands will remain unscratched since he didn’t come with a personal project! El- Sisi stepped up to take power in response to the call of the populace in appreciation for the military’s heroic position in rescuing the nation from the trap by which Egypt would have entered the circle of countries ruined by terrorism and civil war if it had fallen into it.
The country would have become prey to the Brotherhood, which is currently devouring Turkey with vengeance. Daily events continue to prove the correctness of the stance taken by the man through which Egypt continues to grow strong in economy and politics, besides the role the country is playing in the Arab world, Africa, and the global spectrum.
Therefore, the campaign waged against him is no surprise, as the economic summit held in Sharm el Sheikh in March last year met a similar ordeal. He was the main target at that point in time, but the outcome of the summit renewed global confidence in Egypt and its economy through agreements and projects worth about $60 billion.
The Brotherhood wouldn’t have been able to rectify the repercussions of the damage they caused between 2011 and 2013 with such calmness if they remained in power, seeing remnants of their deeds continue to affect the economy until now.
Are they oblivious to the fact that World Bank is not a charitable organization and loans it gives out are determined through studies to ensure the future of civil state and its ability to pay debts? The World Bank wouldn’t have agreed on lending money to Egypt if it wasn’t for the level of confidence they have toward the new policy adopted by President el-Sisi to develop his country; el-Sisi’s policy that will ensure that funds are invested in productive projects yielding positive returns to the country to create thousands of job opportunities.
It is the political adventures of the Brotherhood and its destructive actions that left thousands of Egyptians jobless, besides its role in destabilizing the country’s economic movement for the last five years. Indeed, there are difficult and unpopular conditions set by the World Bank, but determination of the people to build their country overcomes all difficulties as proven by past experiences.
Therefore, there will come a time when Egypt will recover from the disease of depending on imports and return to its industrial power base, because its people have the ability to find local alternatives for everything they need always. Egypt is not a barren land.
With the agriculture initiative of 1.5 million acres of wheat production, the bill of importing food will drop considerably to ease pressure on the Egyptian pound, the Suez Canal, and the new capital, among other projects launched by President el-Sisi two years ago. Hence, the Brotherhood’s squawks of owl that loves to live on ruins and debris will never affect the support el-Sisi enjoys and the love of the people of Egypt.
Ahmed Al-Jarallah Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times