The war against terrorism is a continuing international, national andregional battle that proved especially portentous after the terrorist attackson September 11, 2001.
Terrorism has prevailed ever since the first century asa strategy to achieve a certain goal. Whetherit be under the false pretence of restoring an Islamic caliphate or crusadingagainst disbelievers, allprovoke the unlawful use of violence on innocent people. The political andeconomic instability in the Middle East and Africa provided the perfectbreeding ground for terrorists and every year hundreds die in the name of an’obligatory’ holy or political war fuelled by adelusional ideology that has catalysed into global chaos.Egypt’s has been to take account all aspectsof terrorism threats especially the spread of a radical ideology thatterrorists infiltrate on a multitude of communities in different countries.These ideas not only serve as a motivation for their actions but target vulnerableyouths, as quoted by the head of Egypt’sdelegation to the UN, Amr Abu Atta, in May 2017, that terrorist groups use”narratives and ideologies to mobilize youth”. Consequently, Egyptcounters their efforts through religious organizations such as Al-Azhar and DarAl-Ifta that promulgate the moderate ideas of true Islam. Furthermore, Egypt stronglybelieves that as crucial military intervention may be, the necessity ofimplementing an overarching counter strategy is vital to put an end to thisbattle, as quoted by the President of Egypt, Al-Sisi, in May 2017, theeradication of terrorism relies on “a comprehensive confrontation” in alldimensions including, “funding, arming, as well as political and ideologicalsupport”.
Egypt therefore voted in favour of UNSC Resolution 2368 that chargeddevotion on countries regarding the funding of terrorism and other form ofsupport. Egypt recognizes all terrorist organizationsas a threat to modern customs as they all emerge from the same radical ideologyregardless of their actions, as quoted by the President of Egypt, Al-Sisi, inMay 2017, that countering terrorism in a comprehensive manner requires”confronting all terrorist organizations without discrimination”. Therefore, Egypt calls the international communityto acknowledge that aiding terrorists by utilizing militants for politicalconcerns or to gain privilege in certain concerns will lead to long-termconsequences and further dissipate the nations power over them. Moreover, Egyptadvocates the creation of an environment which accepts diversity and abstainsfrom violence, as quoted by the President ofEgypt, Al-Sisi, on June 2016, that the nations must implant in the terrorists’minds “the values of coexistence and accepting each other”.
Thus, Egypt initiated a Supreme Council for Combating Terrorism onJuly 2017 to diminish the growth of terrorism in the region by providing jobs,fostering impartial religious announcements and suggesting alteration ofcurrent legislations to achieve equity. The war against terrorism cannot be achievedby individual countries, it requires a joint effort by all member states toconsider other aspects of anti-terrorism policies.Egypt calls upon the nations to share information within and outside country boundarieswith the international community to pinpoint terrorist plans before they arecarried out and to work towards a world where an individual is not denied theirrights and doesn’t feel compelled to terrorize a community based on a prolongedvendetta.