Egypt facing civil war: US officials paint grim scenarioAugust 18, 2013Their has also been a call for the dissolution of the Muslim BrotherhoodThe Presidency has termed its efforts as a “war … escalating every day to a terrorist war"
With the political and security situation in Egypt deteriorating, American officials have begun to question whether America’s long-standing Middle East ally can remain a fundamentally stable state.
2 The Lord says, “I will stir up civil war in Egypt and turn brother against brother and neighbor against neighbor. Rival cities will fight each other, and rival kings will struggle for power.“
There is a real possibility of civil war,” a senior US official briefed on the intelligence was quoted as saying in a dispatch published in The Wall Street Journal Friday. “There is a dangerous possibility Egypt goes the way of Syria.”
In his remarks from outside the Martha’s Vineyard home where he is vacationing, Obama condemned the deadly violence in Egypt and called on its interim government to lift a state of emergency. He also tried to nudge the military and the Brotherhood toward the peaceful beginnings of a broad government. “America will work with all those in Egypt,” he said, insisting “all parties need to have a voice in Egypt’s future.”
The UN Security Council, which met in an emergency session on Thursday night, failed to evolve a response to the killings by Egyptian security forces, reflecting deep divisions among member states.
Worries that Egypt is headed to an extended armed insurrection, and that the US has little power to stop it, help explain President Barack Obama’s weak response to this week’s bloody crackdown by Egyptian security forces on Muslim Brotherhood supporters, US officials say.
In response to violence that has left hundreds dead on the streets of Cairo, Obama on Thursday cancelled a coming US-Egyptian military exercise to show displeasure at the actions of the country’s military leaders-but stopped short of cutting off aid more broadly. But diplomatic observers said Obama’s response was just a slap on the wrist.
Good News Translation (GNT)
19-26 Here is the list of all the others who had to drink from the cup:
the king of Egypt, his officials and leaders;
all the Egyptians and all the foreigners in Egypt;
all the kings of the land of Uz;
all the kings of the Philistine cities of Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and what remains of Ashdod;
all the people of Edom, Moab, and Ammon;
all the kings of Tyre and Sidon;
all the kings of the Mediterranean lands;
the cities of Dedan, Tema, and Buz;
all the people who cut their hair short;
all the kings of Arabia;
all the kings of the desert tribes;
all the kings of Zimri, Elam, and Media;
all the kings of the north, far and near, one after another.
Every nation on the face of the earth had to drink from it. Last of all, the king of Babylonia will drink from it.
US officials fear that Egypt could head in a darker direction. They say the nightmare scenario would be a civil war in Egypt that creates a crescent-shaped arc of instability from Syria and Lebanon to Iraq, Egypt and Libya. According WSJ, Israeli officials have told their American counterparts that, if Egypt succumbs to violence, an already fragile Jordan could be next, jeopardising the Jewish state’s last stable border and its buffer zone with Iran.
Good News Translation (GNT)
29 I will begin my work of destruction in my own city. Do they think they will go unpunished? No, they will be punished, for I am going to send war on all the people on earth. I, the Lord Almighty, have spoken.
Good News Translation (GNT)
18 On the day when the Lord shows his fury, not even all their silver and gold will save them. The whole earth will be destroyed by the fire of his anger. He will put an end—a sudden end—to everyone who lives on earth.
New King James Version (NKJV)
7 Alas! For that day is great,
So that none is like it;
And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble,
But he shall be saved out of it.
Good News Translation (GNT)
6 Then I saw the Lamb break open the first of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice that sounded like thunder, “Come!” 2 I looked, and there was a white horse. Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown. He rode out as a conqueror to conquer.
3 Then the Lamb broke open the second seal; and I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 Another horse came out, a red one. Its rider was given the power to bring war on the earth, so that people should kill each other. He was given a large sword.
5 Then the Lamb broke open the third seal; and I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there was a black horse. Its rider held a pair of scales in his hand. 6 I heard what sounded like a voice coming from among the four living creatures, which said, “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages, and three quarts of barley for a day’s wages. But do not damage the olive trees and the vineyards!”
7 Then the Lamb broke open the fourth seal; and I heard the fourth living creature say, “Come!” 8 I looked, and there was a pale-colored horse. Its rider was named Death, and Hades[a] followed close behind. They were given authority over one fourth of the earth, to kill by means of war, famine, disease, and wild animals.
Moreover, a stockpile of arms lies in neighbouring Libya, a country in which the security situation is spiralling downward in similar fashion. That impedes the ability of the Libyan government to lock down the arsenal accumulated by the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
US officials worry eastern Libya could serve as a springboard for insurgents moving across the border into Egypt, WSJ said. The Egyptian military has appealed to the US for months to help curb the flow of weapons they feared were moving across the Libyan border and on to the militants operating on the other side of Egypt, in the Sinai Peninsula.
Even if an insurgency breaks out, though, many US officials think the Egyptian army could contain it. There are no signs of a split within the military, and intelligence
agencies don’t think the Muslim Brotherhood’s supporters have a large quantity of arms, the newspaper said.
Still, one senior administration official cautioned Thursday: “We are concerned that if they continue down a path of crackdown there could be an escalating cycle of violence…you could have a more unstable situation over time if there’s not a political process established.”
Critics say if President Obama literally washed his hands of Egypt, announcing “Americans cannot determine the future of Egypt – that’s a task for the Egyptian people.” After his Martha’s Vinyard statement on Thursday, the president went golfing.
The statement came 49 months after Obama chose Cairo University in Egypt, under then-strongman Hosni Mubarak, as the site of his chief foreign policy initiative.
“I have come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect,” he declared in June 2009 to an enthusiastic reception from American progressives and establishment media.
The Obama administration has been carefully-critics say, timidly-calibrating its response. Administration officials and those from allied nations in the region both argue that cutting off all aid to Egypt could make a dangerous situation even worse, prompting the country’s generals to sever ties with the US and emboldening Muslim Brotherhood supporters to step up protests, the newspaper said.So Mr Obama tried to balance his impulse to keep open lines to the Egyptian government with the mounting pressure at home to take stronger action against it, US officials say.He urged Egypt’s military leaders to end the bloodshed while also cautioning that he wasn’t trying to encourage the protesters. “We don’t take sides with any particular party or political figure,” he said. In a nod to those in Congress who want to do more to freeze some $1.5 billion in annual US aid to Egypt, most of which goes to the military, he also cautioned: “While we want to sustain our relationship with Egypt, our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights are being rolled back.”
The administration is employing what amounts to a good-cop, bad-cop approach to try to pull Egypt’s generals back from the brink. WSJ said. While the White House has made clear privately and publicly that it doesn’t want to cut off Egypt’s aid, it has also warned the generals that a growing number of lawmakers may do just that if the violent crackdowns continue.
“Congress has a very important voice here,” a senior administration official was quoted as saying. “We’re going to have to have a dialogue with Congress when they come back in town.”
The violent course of events in Egypt shows the extent to which the Obama administration misjudged the depth of divisions within Egyptian society and the potential for a sustained violent showdown between Islamists and secularists, officials and diplomats say.
Sunday August 18, 2013 MYT 7:29:28 AM
PM fears for students’ safety as Egypt may descend into civil war
PEKAN: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has directed that preparations be made to bring back Malaysian students pursuing studies in Egypt in view of the rising tension there.
The Prime Minister said that the Government was closely monitoring the latest developments in Egypt.
“If the situation affects the security (of the students) they will be brought back home… all preparations will be made as the situation there appears to be heading for a civil war and we don’t know what will happen in the next one or two days,” he said at his Hari Raya Open House held here yesterday.
2 The Lord says, “I will stir up civil war in Egypt and turn brother against brother and neighbor against neighbor. Rival cities will fight each other, and rival kings will struggle for power.
The Prime Minister said that the logistics had been prepared and would be activated to bring the students back should the situation worsen.
“The priority is their safety. If they do not get involved in demonstrations and side with any groups, then they should be safe. They should also not enter conflict zones,” he added.
Najib, who is the Pekan MP, said that developments in Egypt should serve as a lesson to all to value peace and harmony, reminding the people that a demand for change could lead to something much worse.
“New leaders at the helm may not necessarily manage the country any better.
“This is the consideration that the people must ponder over in a democracy,” he said, adding that democracy also demanded good values, rejection of violence and extremist teachings.
On the recent general election, Najib said that all pledges made by the Barisan Nasional would be fulfilled in stages.
“Some of them require proper planning and a suitable time frame to be implemented as huge funds are involved.
“Those which are within our means will be expedited first and all the parties involved must see them through. But rest assured that all will be fulfilled within five years,” he added.
Najib also reiterated his stand on Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz’s son working as the latter’s special officer, saying that this was all right with him as Government funds were not involved.
He said that nearly all MPs were assisted by their family members and so this should not be an issue.
“My son also helps me out sometimes in Pekan. As long as we do not use Government allocations and they do not meddle in ministry business, then it is all right,”he stressed.
Najib said that he was made to understand that Opposition leaders practised worse things but it was up to others to judge them.
Later, Najib presented aid to the people. Present were the Sultanah of Pahang Sultanah Kalsom, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob and Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
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