Happy New Year, Infidels!

“Those who speak of Bankruptcy are the Bankrupt ones”

So Said Morsy to thundering applause in his speech to the newly-appointed-already-Illegal Shura Council, as he laid out his vision on the state of Egyptian economy. I couldn’t suppress my laughter as I watched him say this from a café in Heliopolis, nor could I suppress my falling on the floor holding my belly from laughter as I heard him talk about how great Tourism is doing, and how, for the first time, our debt is only 87% of our GDP. Only.

Morsy is hilarious. It’s an undeniable fact. He is even more hilarious when he gets exposed.

That same day, as if on cue, the Central Bank of Egypt issued a statement stating that the financial situation is, to put it mildly, catastrophic. The Tourism Board heads and Hotel Owners flooded the TV Channels, talking about how low the reservations are, and how they are not expecting any new tourists for another quarter. Highly anticipated news reports of untapped wells filled with Tourists in Sharm ElSheikh, Hurghada, and Luxor did not materialize, unfortunately. Wherever those tourists are, they sure are hiding those sneaky bastards, with the help of the lying god-less media, of course.

Two days prior, the Central Bank of Egypt issued a Bond Sale that got cancelled because no one bought anything, thanks to the new credit rating for the country that has put it in the same economic league as Greece. That same day, Pakistani President Ali Asif announced that his Party will not allow the implementation of the “Egyptian model” in Pakistan. And yesterday, the Egyptian pound plummeted against the dollar, reaching its lowest official level in Egyptian history, with people not being able to find dollars in exchange offices to replace soon to be worthless Egyptian pounds.

But we are the bankrupt ones.

Egypt is about to face an economic nuclear winter, a crisis the levels of which are unprecedented and for which the current government is completely and totally unprepared for. Interestingly enough, this is happening just as the Sharia Constitution has gloriously passed, and Islam has finally strengthened its foothold in the land of the Pharaoh –worshipping infidels. God will surely send manna from heaven at any minute now, given that this depraved atheist country has finally seen the light and the way. After all, our President is a praying President, and one day this country will see the glorious economic stability and advancement of similar non-oil-wealthy Islamic states like Afghanistan, Somalia and Sudan. Praise Allah and hide your dollars.

In other news, in a much ignored segment in Khairat AlShater’s press conference during the constitutional referendum “Fitna”, the country’s real President said and I quote “Production needs to be resumed, investments revived, and those businessmen who have escaped abroad must reconcile with the government and come back. But how can I do that without legislation? This is why we need the constitutions to be passed, so we can elect a parliament and issue that legislation and start working.” In another interview, a government official stated that they are about to start the “final 5 year development plan” that Mubarak’s regime put in place. When asked why they are using Mubarak’s plan instead of the MB fantastic Renaissance Project, he ignored the Renaissance project and said that the Mubarak plan is a great plan and should be implemented. I guess that the Renaissance project and the 200 billion dollars investments that were coming with it were more phantasmal than fantastic after all.

But we are the bankrupt ones. Indeed.

Personally, I see no reason why the MB government should reconcile with evil Islam-hating businessmen, not should they hold a national dialogue with the immoral Allah-hating opposition on the economy. I personally recommend the President instead stick to his Islamic economic vision, and hire the next government fully from the Islamist camp. I recommend the appointment of Hazem Abu Ismael as the Minister of Justice, Mohamed Hassan as Minister of Finance, and Yasser Borhamy as the Minister of Tourism. Those are the best people for the job, since they all pray and have beards. Who needs economic policy, or education, or experience, when you have Quran- memorizing men running the country? We will see immediate results. Allah willing.

I also recommend that all of you non-islamists to keep your decadent evil ways and not repent at all. I believe you should keep your bankrupt ideas and useless education to yourselves, and maybe go to other God-hating countries to join them in their orgy of sin. Also, please don’t buy from MB owned businesses or hire Islamist leaning employees if you voted no to the constitution; you don’t want to pollute their God-approved payroll with your devil-worshipping money. After all, the unprecedented prosperity that the Islamist rule will bring in any minute now will surely bring stability and will not end in a hunger revolution two months maximum from now. I, being from the bankrupt evil immoral wicked minority, am already jealous and envious of the glorious path ahead of us, and of the unprecedented love and hugs that Morsy will get from people all over this country. Jealous and envious I tell you. Just like those damn Christians and their evil Church.

Happy New Year, Infidels!

33 Comments on Happy New Year, Infidels!

  1. Ramy Yaacoub
    January 2, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    سؤال كوني: المواقع الإباحية اتمنعت ولا لسه؟ مش جايز ده إلي موقف الازدهار الاقتصادي؟

  2. Dan Irving
    January 2, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    You sir, are the Egyptian Thomas Paine (you know, that decadent, anti-enlightenment American blow-hard).


  3. Sherif
    January 2, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Azza El Garf would do great as a minister of Education

  4. CRBG
    January 2, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Amusingly snarky…I like it.

  5. Yogi
    January 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Excellent. Your career as a professional infidel satirist is assured!

  6. Samy
    January 2, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Enjoyed reading it in a masochistic kind of way. Made me laugh even though it’s no laughing matter.

    Egypt under the MB is like watching a slow car crash. You know it’s going to happen and all you can do is watch.

    On a separate note, given the brotherhood’s stance on satire and freedom of speech (or in this case ‘a lack of’), you do realise that sarcasm may well soon be banned. Sleep with one eye open 😉

    • Salim Bagazai
      January 2, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      A MB representative just banned sarcasm, and threatens with his index finger that all violations of the new anti-sarcasm law will be strictly enforced by the up-n-comin’ religious police….

      40 minutes later.. ….(MB rep answers cell phone)….

      …..MB announces that the anti-sarcasm law has been cancelled, and that all goes back to how it was before… except for the tax changes… wait… those were changed back too?

      Anyway, get ready for Renaissance! and no insults!!!

  7. kerstin ragab
    January 3, 2013 at 8:32 am

    christmas eve we counted 20 tourists in Khan el Khalili…!

    • Vigilante
      April 15, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      Tourism and islamic fervour don’t mix well…..

  8. Latifa
    January 3, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    in pursuit of your vacuous charicaturing you pit an islamist trend against a secular trend. Yes you can’t blame the MB for that alone. The “secular” camp sees polarisation as a way forward for their own narrow goals. As a result you quite rightly demonstrate there is a opuritan islamic trend which needs to be moderated. It is a minoirty as most Egyptians are faithful and moderate.

    What you seem to not comprehend is that we are a clear majority. Many of us vote for the MB as the least worst option but the flourishing of alternative “islamic” choices is a good sign. AF stands to gain a lot at present for instance. What you are doing is sidelining aggressive secularists such as yourself. Thank God you are a footnote in the developing political scens but along with the Hazemoun the NSF are likely to provoke greater social division and force an unrealistic choice based on nominal islamic credentials between political parties. Sore loser is one thing but reckless opinionated jerk is another!!!

    • Far3on
      January 5, 2013 at 1:28 am

      Hahahahaha Latifa, typical comments from someone who I not very bright. Keep up your narrow-minded views and keep voting for the MB, you will reap your just deserves.

      Far3on (the Infidel)

  9. joseph Lebensraum
    January 3, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    “Und morgen die ganze Welt”,Verstanden?””Jawohl!” , Herzlichen Glückwunsch ! “Inglorious Basterds”.
    Bevor auch dieser Häftling stirbt, sollte das Präsidium seine Freilassung fordern.
    dear predecessors,
    it is not about religion,it is about this :
    In our days many men have lived in this cruel manner, crushed against the bottom, but each for a relatively short period; so that we can perhaps ask ourselves if it is necessary or good to retain any memory of this exceptional human state.To this question we feel that we have to reply in the affirmative. We are in fact convinced that no human experience is without meaning or unworthy of analysis, and that fundamental values, even if they are not positive, can be deduced from this particular world which we are describing. We would also like to consider that it was pre-eminently a gigantic biological and social experiment.Thousands of individuals, differing in age, condition, origin,language, culture and customs are enclosed within barbed wire: there they live a regular,
    controlled life which is identical for all and inadequate to all needs, and which is much more rigorous than any experimenter could have set up to establish what is essential and what adventitious to the conduct of the human animal in the struggle for life.We do not believe in the most obvious and facile deduction: that man is fundamentally brutal, egoistic and stupid in his conduct once every civilized institution is taken away, and that the Häftling is consequently nothing but a man without inhibitions. We believe, rather, that the only conclusion to be drawn is that in the face of driving necessity and physical disabilities many social habits and instincts are reduced to silence. Sometimes I imagined how everything looked above those clouds, knowing without question that the sun was blond, and the endless atmosphere was a giant blue eye.

    • SK
      July 5, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      It must be Kafka’s birthday.

  10. Publicola
    January 3, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    A Message to the Leaders of Egypt — Let Us Learn from the Bitter Experience of the Islamic Republic of Ira
    by Abdolali Bazargan, Mohsen Kadivar, Mahmoud Sadri, Sedigheh Vasmaghi, Hasan Yousefi Eshkevari
    in RAHESABZ.NET (one of the principal web sites of the Iranian opposition Green Movement)
    December 21, 2012

    At the outset, we would like to applaud the great victory of the people of Egypt in their struggle to establish a democratic system of governance in order to realize the objectives of the rule of law, freedom, social justice, and moral as well as religious values.

    The pivotal place of the ancient nation of Egypt among Muslim nations, and the crucial role of Egypt in the region has persuaded us, the authors of this letter — who are Islamic scholars with a modicum of knowledge of politics – to share with you some of the experiences of the Iranian nation in the wake of the Islamic revolution of 1979. …

    Iranians overwhelmingly voted “Yes” to this new political regime in a referendum that was conducted immediately after the revolution. That vote was cast based on the popular confidence in the promise of the leader of the revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini, that the clergy will not enter politics and will return to their religious seminaries after the revolution. …

    In the chaos of the rapid dissolution of the institutions of the old regime and in the absence of independent political institutions and parties, a section of the Shi’a clergy … was able to gain ascendency through the manipulation of people’s religious beliefs and sentiments and by gradual elimination of rival interpretations of Islam, clerical or otherwise.

    The result was the establishment of the tyrannical doctrine of the “absolute mandate of the jurisprudent” within a few years after the revolution.

    … Accordingly, the behavior of the politically powerful clerics who abused religion in order to justify their despotic policies was interpreted as dictates of religion …
    … what has prevailed has been little more than the untested conjectures of a few narrow-minded jurisprudents.
    … these policies have resulted in bigotry, enmity, and violation of the most fundamental rights of the people by the ruling cabal and their fanatical followers.

    Unfortunately, the greatest victims of these policies have been Islam and people’s religious beliefs. …
    Mixing the institutions of religion (Mosques, the clergy, and seminaries) with political power situates the religion and the clerics in positions of power and in opposition to the people … One can easily replace political regimes and rulers, but the lost prestige of religion cannot be easily restored. …

    The bitter experience of our nation is now in front of you as an open book. Do not take the path, already taken.
    In your draft of the new constitution, you have placed the grand sheikh of Al-Adhar and his clerical staff in a position similar to that which the Iranian constitution placed the jurisprudents (Fugha’ha) of the “Guardian Council” who are selected by the supreme leader.
    This provision that has established a material link between the institution of religion and the institution of the state has yielded disastrous results for Iran.

    In the Islamic Republic of Iran, this alliance of the two institutions has reached such extremes that the two, if not actively colluding in committing flagrant acts of injustice, are both complicit in them ….
    Even more unfortunate is the fact that the constitution itself sanctifies this primacy of a retrograde and narrow-minded interpretation of Islam, and recognizes it as the only possible reading of Islam’s holy texts.
    Based on this false claim, every voice of opposition is cast as a voice against Islam itself and brutally silenced.

    Such a catastrophic eventuality awaits any other political system that privileges the institution of religion in the actual conduct of politics.

    Those who truly love freedom and care about religion are wary of this destructive and historically condemned potentiality, and consider this unfortunate alliance as a recipe for the corruption of both institutions.

    … we hope that the great University of Al Adhar will respect the independence of the institution of religion from politics and will safeguard the exalted standing of religion by keeping it from the mingling with the sphere of politics …


    • Lynne
      January 14, 2013 at 3:45 am

      Publicola, thank your for your excellent contribution to this discussion. In the US, the founding fathers recognized as paramount the need for separation of Church and State. But even here in the US, there are people—good people but not thinking wisely—that the separation of church and state are not needed. They have no idea of the danger of failing to maintain this separation.

  11. joseph Lebensraum
    January 3, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    “Die Haupttodesursachen”.
    dogs and death had all the power
    Beatings, pain and hunger, always ours.
    No matter, twenty women took the abfall—the overfl ow powder.
    Despite freezing terror, dogs, and crushing power
    the women dared in the shift’s last hour
    to twist into their scarves tiny buttons of powder
    and turn it over to others whose only power
    was to pass it on. Out of despair and stupor,
    under the guns of guards we took the powder.
    After the explosion, silence is our only power.
    Th ere is nothing more they can do to us—Esther,
    Alina, Regina, me—injecting us, burning us with powder,smashing our hands to break us. Th e gallows tower.
    It is almost over. Perhaps some will remember
    what we did and did not do when others had all the power.
    Friedl Dicker-Brandeis painted
    little during the Terezin years—
    starving, too crowded to think,
    teaching the children every day.
    Only an occasional work of her own.
    “Flowers in a glass of water”
    —a birthday gift smuggled in by
    her students—fragile petals, pink
    with life. “Girl’s Face”—a hint
    of cheekbones and hair, just
    enough to frame a child’s deep
    blue eyes staring beyond walls.
    You must look for her in her students’
    work. Trace this tiny woman,
    barely taller than her children,
    in the fi ve thousand pictures hidden,
    left behind. See strokes of her
    encouragement in Helena’s collage:
    Nazi-stained paper shredded into
    frozen mountains and six-pointed
    stars against an ink-black sky.
    And in little Hanus’ “Th e Sea”:
    blue scraps arc into waves, his tiny
    boat tossed in deep, opaque water.
    Each creation carrying a child’s
    name and dreams in moments
    between digging graves, hauling
    corpses, emptying ashes into the river.
    Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, holding
    back the night with bits of charcoal smuggled paints, stolen paper.Bending over her students
    in the cramped car, holding
    a child in each hand between
    dogs and guns as they were shoved
    into the long Auschwitz tunnel
    where they rose together
    as October sparks, a teacher
    and her children, their hidden
    wisps of hope, buried behind.

  12. Just Deserts
    January 4, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Fundamental human rights are impossible under a religious fundamentalist government. Until Egyptians want equality for all citizens, Egypt will remain in the darkness. The ‘god-less’ infidels in the west ironically provide stronger protections for people of all faiths and none. Great article by Sandmonkey. His frustration and sadness is heartbreaking to read. Do Egyptians deserve the government they appear to be asking for, albeit in small numbers?

  13. carol in USA
    January 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    S M, I have been following you from the beginning, . For the 1st time, I sense your acquiescence. Please let me encourage you not to give up your struggles for freedom and equal rights for all. We are all saddened by the M B power that has overtaken your country. . Here in the United States feel the same way, Obama and his Third World 6th century ideology have overtaken us also. He is taking us backwards just as Morrisy will do to Egypt. Keep up the fight, TRUTH AND JUSTICE WILL ALWAYS PREVAIL OVER EVIL AND TYRANNY.

    • Lynne
      January 14, 2013 at 3:47 am

      SM, I wish you’d move to Texas.

  14. Da Horsey
    January 5, 2013 at 7:13 am

    You make me weary with your Egyptian Mark Twain imitation. I am tired of you Sam, but especially since I think you write in English better than I do and possibly this Samuel Clemens fellow.

    How we admire your bravery in the face of real challenge and danger. What can we possibly say in the face of such courage?

    Sadly, I feel lately you are a lone or lonely voice crying out to a nation that can not understand the stakes. I fear not only for you but the region and the world.

    Having said that, with a bit of experience fighting corruption, I bow to you my brave friend.

    God bless you and the Egyptian people who fight the good fight.

    Da Horsey

  15. Bureaucrat
    January 6, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Yay Latifa !

    I too hope that the Morsi govmt will moderate the MB and create a society that will tolerate the footnotes of Egypt.

    It is true we have had examples of despotic Muslim governments in the ME, as Publicola points out, but we have had far more despotic secular leaders from Libya, to Egypt, Syria and Iraq.

    Recent ME history has few examples of tolerant governance and that is a reflection, in part, of the people who are governed. With few exceptions, emerging democracies do not accept defeat willingly. Whether in Iraq or East Timor.

    Happy New Year to you all. Wishing you a tolerant 2013 (1434H).

  16. Tallulah
    January 6, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    There is truth in sarcasm. Sadly, unless the Egyptian government gets its shit together, the economy will crash and burn. Tourism will not improve until the government shows itself capable of caring for this country as it should be cared for. No tourist wants their hard-earned dollars going to prop up a failing, repressive, backward government.

    I never thought of Egypt as a third world country. I thought it was successful, educated, and modern, living beside and within 7000 years of amazing history. And it could easily become that, with open-minded governing, and a willingness to allow the people to live democratically. It would be so easy for the government to reach out to non-MB parties to get everyone back to the table, with no one walking out this time, and hash out a real constitution that represents The People. If there was the will, there would be a way. But ego and greed stand in the way.

    So what’s the next step? You can’t give up now, you’ve come too far for that. I know what you’ve said before about hope, but hope is what keeps people putting one foot in front of the other… the hope that if they keep going, keep working at it, that it will come out right in the end.

    That is my hope for Egypt, that people will keep working at this revolution until you succeed.

  17. gham
    January 6, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with conveniently missing out Turkey from the Muslim countries without oil. I’m sure their recent attempt to boost Libyan oil imports to over 1m tonnes suggests that they are rolling in oil or I guess that they are not advanced or economically stable.

  18. der heidnische Rabbiner
    January 7, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    The breaking of the contract with god,substituting it with another with the godless. Isn’t that what it is ?.
    Blitzkrieg oder eine Niederlage erleiden.
    During the post-war period, radical secular nationalism was the dominant political philosophy in colonized nations from Indonesia to Algeria. Ignoring this reality, several Western commentators asserted that people in Muslim countries, who they viewed as being deeply entrenched in their religious beliefs, would reject political ideologies like nationalism and communism. They were wrong. As John Esposito argues, nationalism “was not articulated in significantly Islamic terms.” This is particularly true in the “period following World War Two,” when “the major ideologies of protest and of radical reform were shaped by Western democratic, socialist and Marxist perspectives.”37 Walter Laqueur, writing in 1956 about the dominance of communism and nationalism in the Middle East, would argue convincingly against the aforementioned “bulwark of Islam” thesis stating that what “is decisive is that Islam has gradually ceased to be a serious competitor of Communism in the struggle for the souls of the present and potential elites in the countries of the Middle East.”38 If that was true of communism, it was even more so of nationalism. “Communism and extreme nationalism,” Laqueur noted, “are the two main forces among academic youth in the Arab countries.”39 These forces would then lead successful national liberation struggles and introduce secular reforms, among other measures, in their societies. During the era of the Cold War, the United States viewed radical nationalism and communism as dire threats to its influence. After an initial period when Washington tried to win Nasser, and the Iranian secular nationalist Mohammed Mossadegh, to its side and failed, it developed an “Islam strategy” whereby Islamist groups, helped by Saudi Arabia, would be cultivated as bulwarks against radical nationalism and communism. During the 1950s, the United States would use the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt against Nasser, and a group of clergy in Iran against Mossadegh.42 All forms of totalitarianism are based on various fictions. They have fictions to describe how their particular movement helps to unleash the currents of history. They have fictions to “explain” history thus far. They have fictions to tar the non totalitarian world with false accusations and to label the non totalitarian world as “evil” and “in need of liquidation.” The entire construct of Islamism and all other totalitarian movements is based on fiction. Islamism is “a very successful lie,” and not “a remarkable social and political force.”

  19. Publicola
    January 8, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    How to create an oppressive Iranian-style Basiji-militia for an MB regime?

    Egypt’s Islamist Government has enlisted covert help from Iran to strengthen its grip on power, dealing another blow to Cairo’s fragile relationship with the West.

    Qassem Suleimani, Iran’s spy chief, visited the Egyptian capital just after Christmas for two days of talks with senior officials close to President Mohamed Morsi, The Times has learnt.

    Mr Suleimani, who oversees Iran’s proxy militias across the region, including Hezbollah and Hamas, travelled at the invitation of Mr Morsi’s Government and his powerful backers in the Muslim Brotherhood


    • Publicola
      January 8, 2013 at 8:53 pm


      Times Newspaper published a very alarming report about the visit of Iranian Spy Chief Qassem Suleimani to Cairo two days before Christmas.
      The newspaper claimed that the Iranian spy chief held talks with Egyptian officials mainly from MB leading figures who were interested in founding another Intelligence Service and security guards following the brotherhood instead of Egypt’s intelligence controlled by the army.


  20. der heidnische Rabbiner
    January 9, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Reinventing the Wheel!.A prelude to the big farce.
    The goal of these operations is to remove entrenched client rulers who have been in power so long that they have acquired a significant degree of autonomy vis-à-vis the imperial dictates coming from Washington and London, and have grown accustomed to acting to some degree as national rulers, rather than as the pure puppets the CIA and the State Department are always seeking. The Washington consensus is that these multi-decade rulers are not dependent enough on NATO, the International Monetary Fund, and so forth. Washington and London need total kamikaze puppets, who will be willing to take the point in coming confrontations with Iran, China, and Russia. . Another possibility is a period of chaos — such as what is happening right now in Tunisia — followed by a seizure of power on the part of the Moslem brotherhood, leading to the creation of a de facto Cairo Sunni caliphate which the US could use to challenge (and consolidate) the de facto Shiite caliphate in Tehran. Both of these alternatives could then be used to support the fundamental US-UK strategy for the Middle East, which is to assemble a block of Arab and Sunni countries (notably Egypt, Saudis, Gulf states, and Jordan) which, formed into a front with the participation of Israel, would collide with the Iranian Shiite front, including Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas, and various radical forces. Here is how the “nuclear umbrella” proposal was formulated in the summer of 2009: ‘US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared on Wednesday to sketch out how the United States might cope with a nuclear Iran – by arming its neighbors and extending a “defense umbrella” over the region. She said crossing the nuclear threshold would not make Iran, which Washington believes is pursuing nuclear weapons, safer or more secure.’19
    Mubarak was vehemently opposed to this strategy. Mubarak thought that the deceptive thought was that Israel would in actual fact defend the Gulf states against the danger they are saying is approaching. He added that “We cannot rule out a possibility that they would even present the Gulf rulers with satellite images showing that an Iranian attack against the region is imminent. And this will lead to a war Israel has been planning for some time, with Israel turning later on into the only nuclear regional force in the Middle East, which will be a huge gain as far as they are concerned.”
    Another possibility is that Egypt and many other countries simply descend into chaos, leaving the imperialists the possibility of intervening to seize selected assets, such as the Algerian or Libyan oil fields, or Egypt’s Suez Canal. When the golden youth needed numerical reinforcements, they called in the British Freemasonry known as the Moslem Brotherhood. The Ikhwan provided the big battalions, but also brought public-relations problems. To neutralize these, a propaganda campaign was mounted by a number of CIA alumni, including Bruce Riedel, to assure the US public that there was nothing to worry about.
    The indispensable allies of this Obama-Brzezinski policy are ignorance, stupidity, gullibility, and the willingness to be blinded by hatred. During the first phase of the Egyptian destabilization, Brzezinski boasted to Newsweek of his ability to manipulate the youth bulge across the Arab world, using them to accomplish at low cost what Bush and Cheney failed to do through direct military attacks, with extravagant military and financial losses. Like a Mephistopheles, Brzezinski gloated that his destabilization cohorts, his revolutionaries, are the “somewhere between 80 million and 130 million young people around the world who come from the socially insecure lower middle class and constitute a community of mutual infection with angers, passions, frustrations, and hatreds. These students are revolutionaries-in-waiting. When they erupt at volatile moments, they become very contagious. And whereas Marx’s industrial proletariat more than a century ago was fragmented in local groups, today these young people are interacting via the Internet. What young people want is political dignity. Democracy may enhance that. But political dignity also encompasses ethnic or national self-determination, religious self-definition, and human and social rights. All of this now takes place in a wired world where the youth are acutely aware of economic, racial, and social inequities.Mubarak’s stubborn resistance to the putschist generals of the CIA has had the effect of further exposing Washington’s cynical sponsorship of the current wave of color coups. Unfortunately, Mubarak’s fall has cleared away one of the principal obstacles to a US plan for the reorganization of the Middle East in a way which radically increases the short-term chances for a cataclysmic general war in this region.

  21. Publicola
    January 10, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Former Egyptian interior minister Ahmed Gamal al-Din was replaced in last week’s Cabinet reshuffle after he objected to a meeting between an advisor to President Mohammed Mursi and a senior commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard, according to Egyptian media reports.


  22. Valerie
    January 12, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I learned everything I need to know about Egypt right now from a baby duck.

    My son’s science teacher got an incubator and some duck eggs, and the whole class was wild with anticipation over the upcoming hatching. Every evening the boys would drag me to the science room to look at the eggs.

    Then, one evening, we saw that one of the eggs had a piece out of it, and inside was a wet, nasty-looking shivering little body. I thought about the kids coming in the next morning and finding it dead.

    The next morning I sneaked into the room, wondering what I might have to do. There, inside the incubator, was the first live, fluffy, cheeping little duck. He was fine.

    My hopes for the future go with the people of Egypt, and I wish them wisdom in their great conversation about how they are going to order their government. May God bless them

  23. der heidnische Rabbiner
    January 12, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    The Wall Street & Accomplices’ Puppetry Show. do they want to turn us into this ?.
    Wir Werden weiter marschieren
    Wenn alles in Scherben fält
    Denn heute gëhort uns Deutschland
    Und morgen die ganze Welt
    Links, zwei, drei,
    vier! Mützen ab!
    The lights on the ramp flicker with a spectral glow, the wave of people—feverish, agitated,stupefied people—flows on and on, endlessly. They think that now they will have to face a new life in the camp, and they prepare themselves emotionally for the hard struggle ahead.They do not know that in just a few moments they will die, that the gold, money, and diamonds which they have so prudently hidden in their clothing and on their bodies are now useless to them. Experienced professionals will probe into every recess of their flesh,will pull the gold from under the tongue and the diamonds from the uterus and the colon.
    They will rip out gold teeth. In tightly sealed crates they will ship them to Berlin.
    The S.S. men’s black figures move about, dignified, businesslike. The gentleman with the notebook puts down his final marks, rounds out the figures: fifteen thousand.Many, very many, trucks have been driven to the crematoria today.
    It is almost over. The dead are being cleared off the ramp and piled into the last truck. The Canada men, weighed down under a load of bread, marmalade and sugar, and smelling of perfume and fresh linen, line up to go. For several days the entire camp will live off this transport. For several days the entire camp will talk about “Sosnowiec‐Bedzin.””Sosnowiec‐Bedzin” was a good, rich transport. We pass a heavily armed S.S. detachment on its way to change guard. The men march briskly, in step, shoulder to shoulder, one mass, one will.”Und morgen die ganze Welt . . . ” they sing at the top of their lungs.”Rechts ran! To the right march!” snaps a command from up front. We move out of their way.

  24. Kathy Kinsley
    January 23, 2013 at 1:50 am

    I wish you good luck. You need it. Bug out if you have to. Better fight from exile than fight from the grave. Exiles sometimes return in triumph. Those in the grave just rot.

    You are young – the young believe they are immortal. You aren’t. Keep that in mind. No matter who your parents are.

  25. James
    January 28, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I hate to say it, but I knew that all of this would happen. Mubarak was scum, but he is better then who is in charge now. Egypt went from bad to worse. Throw the Islamicists out.

  26. Ghost
    July 5, 2013 at 11:37 am


    I am having problems with your captcha. I hope I can see this captcha to post.

    Now that the MB has fallen, will the Muslim Brotherhood start an un-Civil-War? What will the people do?

    How long will the people support the military change of regime? How long will the MB remain co-operative? How well will the people support the next government?

    Or, is Egypt headed towards an un-holy and un-Civil-War?

    Your friendly ghost.


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