To those of you who have always seen through the Egyptian military junta, this doesn’t come as a surprise of course. After all, why should a military dictatorship which abuses men and women stop short of abusing children?
To those Egyptians who believed that the military takeover in July 2013 was a good idea or that it would only be temporary, and to those Egyptians who strangely admire of a military which doesn’t really have a track record of success and which relies on foreign aid to maintain its equipment, maybe this propaganda video will open your eyes.
Little children in military uniforms between tanks and artillery singing “I love you [General] Sisi” (at 2:30) is something which I have until now only seen in fascist regimes. When they sing “If I would be a martyr, I’ll be one on the borders,” I wonder whom the Egyptian military is planning to attack – and why they need the help of little girls. But maybe General Sisi is too much of a sissy himself. Putting little girls into uniforms and forcing them to sing about martyrdom is not only fascist, it’s child abuse.