Silver Lining in the Sinai
a majority of Egyptians oppose.Perhaps, and Israelis are legitimately concerned. However, as the military reasserts control in Cairo, the present violence on the border may start to fade away. The perpetrators are suspected to be Palestinian terrorist groups taking advantage of the chaos in revolutionary Egypt to cross borders and cause strife between Israel and Egypt.If recent events mean that stability is returning to Egypt, worries of a new war over Sinai may be put on hold.Military rule has its drawbacks, and Via Meadia hopes that Egypt will soon find its way to a stable and liberal democratic order. But in the meantime, we should note that the Egyptian military kept the peace with Israel for 30 years and provided security in the Sinai; as and if the military regains control of the country, it is likely to continue to keep the border quiet.Like a great many armies around the world, the Egyptian military does not want war and at a time of great economic stress and political uncertainty, it especially does not want a war that would kill the tourist trade and bring foreign investment to a screeching halt. Stability in Cairo most likely means peace in Sinai; let’s see how things work out.