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February 1, 2011

Always The Tumult in Egypt

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The Promise Land.

The tumult in Egypt. Always the tumult in Egypt. And elsewhere.

Wanting immunity. After the worst drought in 130 year around Russia and the Black Sea region, damaging winter planting along with the summer harvest, the Canadian drop in wheat productions, and a surprising reductions in harvest totals from parts of the United States, the cost of food was up. The cost of tea would soar in 2011.

Wanting immunity from soaring food costs. In Tunisia. In Jordan. In Egypt. Maybe you were one of the 30,000 Brits vacationing in the warmth of an Egyptian resort this January. And your vacation was over, but it was not exactly a joy ride to the Cairo airport to get home. And even if you got to the airport in Cairo, to find out that most of the workers had left to protest the government of Hosni Murabek, a guy whose name you could never quite remember the pronunciation until singing “Waltzing Matilda.” And the airport brought back images of the Super Dome post Hurricane Katrina.

Wanting to get back home, with some kind of new-found urgency. From the region of the Promise Land. But where you arrived there to the resort with a growing concern over the price of petroleum, the price of food had set these people off. And they believed in some kind of different God that seemed to hate foreigners. Or maybe it was a fear based upon some kind of wealth which made people act so foreign. Maybe not unlike the distrust in China of foreigners. Over history. When leaders have been so cruel to their people. In Tunisia, in the city of Tunis, at least 219 people were killed and 510 injured in ongoing rioting, with one synagogue burned. This week.

Wanting immunity. And getting inoculated… against Yellow Fever. The diphtheria tetanus, or pertussis shots. Seeking anti-dotes for malaria.

The questions what a westerner was doing carrying a gun. Either at the U.S. Embassy or when driving around, when guns were disallowed at airports. In Lahore, Pakistan, many questions have been left unanswered, including exactly whether who would qualify for diplomatic immunity. Whether as a CIA agent, a security contractor, a journalist, or NGO worker. With questions why he had been carrying a gun and if he used it in self-defense.

The old fashioned missionary. Whether religious or economic. Exporting a system of some kind. A system of belief. With a belief in money. And always the tumult, with the lack of clarity which fuels media speculation. About the future.

Just wars. Economic justice in times of war and peace. Or just some measure of freedom with your money. Hedge funds. Betting with hedge funds, and the price of coffee. As more and more people in China and all the world began to drink coffee. And speculators sent their money there to try to profit.

Mass famine…Always the tumult in Egypt. Since the time of Joseph.

Unraveling the tale. Egypt and its tumultuous history. The plagues. Always the plagues in Egypt. And how to avoid death.

Overthrowing the Egyptian monarch in 1952 began in the runup to World War I, with the German Empire of Kaiser Wilhelm contributing to the agitation of numerous anti-British movements (which would be his cousins of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in Buckingham Palace) of secular political ideologies along with various degrees of Islamic movements. Because during World War I, the British declared Egypt their protectorate, shouldering the entire burden of the war as the Ottoman Empire crumpled. By drafting Egyptian men, occupying Egypt with British troops, dissatisfaction with British rule soon spread amongst all classes of the population. In the period between the two world wars, these agitated groups coalesced into the Baath Party, other associated reform groups, as well as the Muslem Brotherhood, along with other revolutionary groups, all coordinated by German intelligence, nurtured by renewed Jihadism with exposure to the 20th century concepts of nationalism and liberalism. Over several weeks of demonstrations and strikes spanning the Muslim and Christian divide by civil servants, merchants, workers, religious leaders, students and peasant became a daily occurrence bringing normal life across Egypt to a halt.

Independence for Egypt granted by the British was at this point provisional; British forces continued to be physically present on Egyptian soil. As to the method how this regime came to power, with the outbreak of World War II, these associated elements –the Baath Party, the Muslem Brotherhood, et al – were supported not only by Axis powers but by the United States and the Soviet Union, countries both opposed to continuing the British Colonial Empire as a corrupt puppet of the British in the way of police, the palace, the political parties. Due to the continuing British occupation of Egypt, many Egyptians including Egyptian King Farouk were disposed towards Germany and Italy during World War II. Egypt remained officially neutral despite the presence of British troops, until the final year of World War II. Contributing substantial political, psychological, ideological and logistical along with moral support, the Soviet Union and the United States backed the Free Officers Movement, formed by a group of reform minded officers who lived in poverty. And it was the Free Officers Movement which led the overthrow of Egyptian King Farouk in 1952.

Then came the pain of men, dealing with women. Over issues of power, outside the home. When every women was the queen in the home. Fathers letting sons deal with mothers, until the age of puberty. In the Middle East. About the time when the Muslim Brotherhood began to shave. Beset with a generation gap, as the oldest and formally organized opposition, The Muslim Brotherhood currently cannot define the role of women in leadership, or concepts of outside power. Outside the home. So the Muslim Brotherhood has over the years failed to attract many new members, with its old ideas. Young men just quit having vocations? It sounded oh so catholic. Maybe because young men were attracted by the beauty of independent women. The Brotherhood has lost in Egypt much credibility in recent years, despite remaining the country’s largest group. A Country of Old Men, after allowing itself to be co-opted by the Mubarak government, in a place where their leader was now 83-years old.

The lack of leaders. In the world that we had known which was slowly dying. At this point in time, beyond the royal military. Asked to lead, in a world that most Egyptians did not understand, other than staving off hunger for another year. In a world where few of us understood where world leaders were leading us. But still we were getting inoculated. And humming “Waltzing Matilda,” wondering how long Hosni Murabek would be at the dance. As the world looked on at the hunger.
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  1. Though Aristotle said something about the relationship of democracy to mob rule, it is social mood and risk appetites which determine the way people live their lives, and it is a currency which holds a nation together, and their financial fate.

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    Comment by paperlessworld — September 10, 2011 @ 4:20 AM | Reply

  2. IN EGYPT THIS WEEK, the tumult continues:

    A Cairo court issued a preliminary death sentence against six defendants in what has been called the Qatar espionage case. The Grand Mufti was to review the decision by June, which includes death sentences for two Al-Jezeera journalists tried in absentia. Beware when the messengers are demonized, rather than those with real power! And this case relates to the government of Mohamed Morsi that came to power after Hosni Mubarek.

    Elsewhere in Cairo, British and Italian diplomats and foreigners were expelled from the room of a Cairo appeals court in a hearing over whether to further extend the detention of Ahmed Abdullah, the head of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms who had been advising the Regeni family whose son had been found tortured to death. Guilio Regeni was the missing 28-year old Italian Cambridge researcher and visiting scholar at American University whose body was discovered days later dumped by a roadside. His disappearance from the streets of the Cairo occurred on the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak. According to journalist Maggie Michael Sam Magdy, “An outsider, researching the labor movement – a sensitive subject in Egypt. Security agents are ‘known to monitor activities by foreign researchers,’ since labor activists are frequently protest organizers. In March, government media proclaimed that Regeni’s killers had been found, in another sense, “tortured to death.” Egyptian police announced that five Egyptian men who specialized in kidnapping and robbing foreigners had been killed by security forces who had stopped their minibus. The five opened fire, prompting a gunbattle. Witnesses say the five men were unarmed and tried to flee as police fired on them. Police confiscated footage from security cameras near the scene. The Interior Ministry said while searching the gang leader’s sister’s home, police came upon Guilio Regeni’s passport. Relatives say the five were house painters merely heading at the time to a job in suburban Tagammu al-Khamis. At six o’clock in the morning.

    Comment by baseball91 — May 7, 2016 @ 3:36 PM | Reply

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