Sphinx, Sphinx, Sphinx… now, where should I start?
Let’s agree on a couple of things first: the whole presidential campaign went for the cheap shots trying to make people feel happy about themselves Nancy Ajram singing praises for the ‘Egyptian’, Haytham Shaker’s (that’s his name, right?) disgusting scene with the little girl wearing (guess what?) an Egyptian flag which seemed like he was actually hitting on her, the before-mentioned infamous ad, the young men and women smiling foolishly while sitting forever behind the ‘NDP candidate’, and the list goes on and on. It seems that the president’s campaign advisors succeeded in blending American pop-politics, with some Mussolini- styled fascism and a hint of Goebbelism; a very explosive cocktail if you asked me.
But, and that’s very important, that shouldn’t spoil the flag for the rest of us. Think of it this way; Bin Laden & Co hijacked Islam and crashed it into the World Trade Center, Madrid commuter trains, and London tube stations, should that make me renounce Islam, just because a punch of no-hoppers used it as a justification for committing some of the most atrocious crimes in recent history? The answer is no. And it is the same with this whole flag thing; the government is using the flag in some soothing, feel-good-about-yourself propaganda but that shouldn’t mean that they own the rights. If this same government was one day toppled by some sort of civil unrest (I certainly hope we won’t get there), protesters storming into
I was one of those who you called lunatic for sticking a flag out of my balcony on elections eve. For me it made perfect sense; there is no stronger symbol for