Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Terrorists find a new home in Sinai

In hindsight, you've got to wonder whether Israel made a huge mistake when it signed the 1979 Peace Treaty with Egypt. Israel returned the Sinai desert - a strategic piece of land captured during the '67 war - to Egypt, and now the terrorists are setting up shop there. On the flip side, however, Barack Obama told Hosni Mubarak in February to pack up his bags and resign, which can only mean one thing: that despite the new terrorist base in Sinai, everything will be just fine, especially when Israel heeds Obama's directive and recedes to the pre-'67 borders, then everything will be 100% perfect:
[Israeli] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Monday that Egypt's new military government was having a "hard time" controlling the rise of international terror organizations in the Sinai Peninsula.

"Egypt is having a hard time realizing its sovereignty in Sinai," Netanyahu said. "International terror organizations are stirring in Sinai...."

"Hamas is strengthening in Egypt," he added. "It transferred more of its activities to Egypt and less to Syria due to the turmoil there. The Muslim Brotherhood is also not an insignificant player in Egypt."...

Meanwhile on Monday, Egyptian security forces were pursuing 400 al-Qaida members who have been located in Sinai, said a senior Egyptian security source on Sunday.

According to a report on Egypt's Al-Hayat television channel, the operatives were planning terrorist attacks in Egypt and in Sinai.
Nevertheless, it's important to bear in mind that both Osama Bin Laden and Barack Obama recently praised the "winds of change" that are spreading throughout the Arab world - which can only mean a couple of things: that Hosni Mubarak's departure is a good thing and that the newly renovated Sinai desert, under the new ownership of Al Qaeda, is an even better thing.

But you don't have to take my word for it. Just ask Obama....