By Kareem Fahim, David D. Kirkpatrick and Mayy El Sheikh, New York Times, Jan. 29/30, 2013
CAIRO — Egypt's top military officer warned Tuesday of the potential “collapse of the state” if political forces in the country did not reconcile, reflecting growing impatience with the country’s growing unrest.
In a speech to military cadets that was distributed as a statement, Gen. Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi, the defense minister, publicly warned Egypt’s new Islamist leaders and their opponents that “their disagreement on running the affairs of the country may lead to the collapse of the state and threatens the future of the coming generations." As such, General Sisi suggested, the polarization of the civilian politics was becoming a concern of the military because “to affect the stability of the state institutions is a dangerous matter that harms Egyptian national security."
His remarks came as violence in Cairo began to escalate [.....]
Egypt's armed forces chief warns unrest could cause collapse of state
By Patrick Kingsley in Cairo, The Guardian, 29 Jan. 2013