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Monday, August 07, 2006

Egyptian Role -- Wait,...What Egyptian Role?!?!?!

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People are furious.
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.
But..
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!

Moved on!

5 Comments:

I couldn't have written it better.

I agree with what you say 100%. Whilst waiting for the elevator today, I asked the security dude at the building where I work (he was at his desk reading the newspaper):

Eih akhbar Lobnan elnaharda?

He looked at me and said: How ba2a fee lobnan?
He then continued: Bas el 3eyal beto3 Hezbollah doal keweyeseen, mewareyenhom el weil bardo.

I smiled and nodded.

Then one of the building's caretakers, a simple-minded man really, who was sitting on a chair nearby pipped and said:

Homa Hezbollah ra23enhom ya3nee? Beygaroohom?

I smiled and said: Ya3nee, bardo beymotlohom nas bas 3amleen shoghl 7elw. Law kan el geish el lobnanee 7awel yo2af le Israel, can zamano ra7.

The man smiled and said: Gamdeen ya welad. Wallahee Nasrallah da ragel besa7ee7.


Case in point.

I rest my case.

P.S. Good to see you starting to write again T.

By Blogger Faisal, at August 07, 2006 4:08 PM  

welcome back!

but whats with "the systematic killing of an entire population" that you mention up there???

By Blogger Memz, at August 07, 2006 5:03 PM  

that's me being extra paranoid!
seriously, the problem I'm having now is where does reality end and paranoia starts...the line is getting so blurred!!

By Blogger Tomanbay, at August 07, 2006 5:13 PM  

i think it is just a confusion between wars, i am sure you meant darfur :P

Anyhow Egypts position is non existent cuz the guy likes to play it safe. extra safe. so safe he uses multiple condoms simalteneously!

The question is, is this bad for the country

By Blogger Memz, at August 07, 2006 5:35 PM  

The systematic killing of an entire population is what Hezbollah has planned for the Israelis. Hence the barrage of rockets aimed at all the towns they can reach. The Israelis are trying to systematically kill all the Hezb'allah fighters without hitting any civilians. Neither side has done what they planned. One problem is that the HB fighters do not wear uniforms, so they can all be counted as civilians. My guess is that around 300 fighters and 300 non-fighters have been killed in Lebanon - which is bad enough.

By Anonymous Don Cox, at August 12, 2006 8:22 PM  

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