The recent kidnapping of 17 Egyptian soldiers in Sinai by terrorist Islamic criminals was an act of insult to the Egyptian government, the army and society at large. The kidnappers are demanding the release of 24 criminals who are in an Egyptian jail for crimes that they have committed.
The kidnapping of soldiers or civilians should be taken seriously and no negotiations should take place with those thugs that kidnapped them. This terrorist act was the third one within a year. The first was the kidnapping of four police officers in al-Arish, No information has been made available about the fates of those officers.
The second terrorist act was the killing of 17 Egyptian soldiers in cold blood. The killing also took place in al-Arish. The killers were not identified.
Such terrorist acts should have not been dismissed. This encourages others to act in a similar way due to the absence of security, no only in Sinai, but also all over Egypt.
The army should go after the kidnappers regardless of the cost. The young people who continue to protest, demanding the resignation of President Morsi, have a legitimate rationale. President Morsi has failed to perform his duties politically, economically, administratively and socially. The sooner he leaves office, the better Egypt will be.