In the age of Obama it is possible for Americans to forget that there are leaders who are very shrewd indeed:
The Egyptian defense minister ordered the engineering department of the armed forces to swiftly repair all the affected churches, in recognition of the historical and national role played by our Coptic brothers,” read a statement that aired on Egyptian television.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), an Egyptian NGO, says at least 25 churches were torched this week, and attackers also targeted Christian schools, shops and homes across all 27 provinces.
By doing this Col. Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi draws a stark distinction between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian military: The Brotherhood burns churches and the Egyptian military rebuilds them. This ensures growing foreign support for the Egyptian military and underlines in the minds of most Egyptians that if they are sick and tired of endless strife and destruction they must support the military in its struggle against the Muslim Brotherhood. He has also put the issue of the Muslim Brotherhood’s jihad front and center before the Western media. If Sisi ends up in control of Egypt at the end of all of this he might be very formidable if this is a sample of how clever he is.