Egyptian Role -- Wait,...What Egyptian Role?!?!?!
And are secretly excited!
That's the lowdown on people's emotions here in Egypt.
They're furious for obvious reasons (the systematic killing of an entire population, and destruction of a country's infrastructure should, if not inconvenient to you in any ways, be a bit disturbing), but they're also excited because Hassan Nasrallah, and Hezbollah are giving them what nobody did for years -- Leadership.
Most people don't know every little detail about the situation in Lebanon, and 99% were convinced, I guarantee you this, that Lebanon's struggle against Israel ended in 2000. But, that doesn't make them any less excited about the emerging hero. About David poking Goliath eye. For the first time in 30 years, Arabs, and more specifically Egyptians, are able to gather around TVs in cafes waiting for the latest resistance statement. The fact that this is pissing the filthy old men in power, makes the guilty pleasure all sweeter.
For that specific reason I am surprised with people who are demanding an Egyptian role in this crisis. Don't get me wrong; Egypt should, ideally, have a great sway on how such a war plays out in its backyard. If not for humanity, it is crucial for Egyptian national security that Egypt steps up to try and put an end to this barbaric war.
That's how things should be. That's not how they really are.
Egypt had become, thanks to 25 years of short-sighted foreign policy, irrelevant. Yes, irrelevant!
We can talk, reject, accept, put our pants on fire and run around shouting "the British are coming", and still nobody will notice. It is the simple harsh truth.
The beauty of that, for rulers of course, is that they can take any position with the luxury of not caring about the consequences. They can use those situations and crises, abound in the middle east, to score cheap popularity points. That's why, it continues to amaze me that Hosny Mubarak didn't seize this opportunity to appear as an Arab hero, by criticizing the Israeli attack, cutting diplomatic connections, ejecting the Israeli ambassador, or any other means. What drives me crazy however, are people, supposedly opposing him, who are practically begging him to do one of these inconsequential actions and be a hero (even a false one will do at his popularity level), and yet he refuses!!!!!
Reminds me of the blind man who had a blind bird. Because he was blind he put her out of the cage, but because the bird itself was blind, it flew into the cage!
Think about that!