Brain Bush’s Blog

Egypt's Appeal Against Islamic State

  • By : Brian Bush
  • February 17, 2015
  • 6:43 pm

Hello Everyone,

After carrying out a second air raid into Libya targeting Islamic State fighters, Egypt has called on the international community to intervene.

Libya has been a mess with sectarian and tribal clashes since 2011 after Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's deposing and death.

There are two rival governments for the vast oil rich country, and this adds to the fertile soil of instability which Islamic State jihadists grows in.

Unfortunately, with the Middle East already in upheaval there is little international appetite for military involvement. The United Nations prefers a political and diplomatic solution.

Thousands of Egyptian Coptic Christians, along with some Muslim participants that included Sheikhs from al Azhar, Egypt's main center of Islamic learning which is over 1000 years old, condemned the beheadings and are mourning at the main Coptic Cathedral in Cairo as well as in al-Our village south of Cairo where 13 of the 21 men murdered were from.

Libya has condemned the actions of Egypt saying that the airstrikes were a violation of it's sovereignty.

But it is clear that there is no current power structure able to bring Islamic State into accountability.

Feeling the need to keep at the jihadists, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi is calling for a United Nations Security Council resolution mandating international intervention.

Sisi knows the mentality here well and wishes to continue striking out at IS in Libya as much as he possibly can in order to send the clear resounding message – don't touch our Egyptian citizens.

It also serves his interests internationally by demonstrating that Egypt, as a Muslim country, will protect Christians, which in the past it has been accused by human rights groups of not doing enough to aid the ancient minority.

We can help – with our prayers. These men killed were simply seeking to work in Libya because their situation in Egypt is impoverished.

Islamic State in their action and words is targeting Christianity clearly in this video out of Libya. Pray for the Christians in Libya, the Egyptian Coptic Church, and believers throughout the Middle East, that God would give them hope, courage, protection, boldness, and sustenance.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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