Allenby was consequently led to observe that these shootings were designed to drive British officials out of Egypt, upset the government, and make friendly relations between the two countries impossible. He believed therefore that it was necessary to avoid playing the adversaries' game, and that efforts had to be primarily directed towards stopping the outrages. He proposed the formation of a political criminal bureau with powers under martial law, arrests under martial law of political agitators, and the presence of British cavalry patrols in districts of Cairo where the shootings had occurred.20