Cairo and the Treatment of the Russian Plane Crisis
16 November 2015
By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
The verbal campaign undertaken by the authorities and the media in Egypt
against the western governments, in response to the precautionary measures
taken by them such as stopping tourist flights and bringing back their
citizens from Sharm el-Sheikh will not change their decisions and will weaken
the main argument in dealing with the Russian plane crash crisis.
These governments are forced to take steps to remove the political and legal
responsibility in their countries and in front of their electors. If they did
not do this and another incident occurred, they would be held to account in a
harsh manner. Resorting to stopping flights as a precautionary measure,
warning citizens against travel or urging them to leave the country has
become customary in this region since the spread of terrorism , and is not
directed at the Egyptian government or the result of hostile activity by the
Muslim Brotherhood. Western governments are therefore forced to issue
warnings to their citizens and companies even if these warnings are based on
weak reasons such as false telephone calls or security reports with weak
sources. These governments also have political concerns when they consider
the scale of chaos, the prevalence of wars and the knowledge that their
citizens and interests are targeted.
Scientifically speaking, it is not yet known whether this incident was a
result of a deliberate act or not and it is a matter of time before the
complete truth will come to light. Other countries do not have time to wait
for the results of the investigation and fear that the incident was terrorism
related; and they will not accept the assurances of the Egyptian government
at this stage, whatever they may be.
Looking at the bigger picture of the Russian plane crash crisis, if the
supposed terrorist act is true, then the entire MENA region is continuously
at threat and terrorist organizations are deliberately targeting foreign
interests, the main forms of transport and tourist resorts in order to hit
Arab governments in the pocket and to destroy their images which would lead
to chaos and eventually the overthrowing of regimes.
Al Rashed is the general manager of Al -Arabiya television. He is also the
former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al- Awsat, and the leading Arabic weekly
magazine, Al Majalla. He is also a senior Columnist in the daily newspapers
of Al Madina and Al Bilad. He is a US post-graduate degree in mass
communications. He has been a guest on many TV current affairs programs. He
is currently based in Dubai.