…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
The so called “Curse of the Pharaohs” refers to the belief that any person who disturbs the mummy of an ancient Egyptian person, especially a pharaoh, is placed under a curse, which does not differentiate between thieves and well-intentioned archaeologists. It allegedly causes bad luck, illness or death.
I mention it not because I believe in it, but simply in order to help the Egyptian people in their perpetual search for yet another excuse; for the Egyptians blame everybody and everything for their plight. They are not responsible; in fact, an unkind observer could say they are totally irresponsible. Readers of the Fog of Chaos will recall numerous ‘Egypt’ items in Nothing New Under the Sun and I am sorry to say that there is another one coming on the 18th of this month, relating to the violent events there of 1930. As somebody wrote, from a bread basket of the Roman Empire they managed to became a basket case of the world.
Whether it was thieves, Jews, archaeologists, Islamists, Obama, the World Bank, China or just plain power-hungry politicians who disturbed something in the deep mental tombs of Egypt, the result is bad luck, illness and death. Nothing new under the Middle East sun.
About a year ago allegedly 51% of Egyptians voted for the stability and prosperity promised by the Muslim Brotherhood. Even the American president Obama expressed his brotherly love for them. Now the people, or some of the more street politics savvy of them, got bored. Since they successfully kicked out Hosni, why not Mohammed? And then why not Adly? More the merrier.
The same applies to experts; of whom we have more and more. Qualifications of some could be written on the back of a Camel cigarettes box; the front which provided them with the sufficient insight. Very few know what they are writing about; one of them is Mr David Goldman. He sees the problem as predominantly economic – specifically that the Egyptians have nothing to eat.
“The population has had enough. Beans (not to mention animal protein) have been priced out of the budget of the poorer half of Egypt’s citizens for weeks, and the country is nearly out of fuel — which means, in the middle of the wheat harvest, nearly out of bread…
Nearly a fifth of Egyptians were suffering from malnutrition when the World Health Organization surveyed the country in 2011. WFP estimates that two of five Egyptian adults are mentally and physically “stunted” by inadequate diet. The slow starvation of Egyptians under successive military regimes is gradually turning into actual hunger.
Sadly, military government probably is the best case scenario… Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states (besides tiny Qatar) might decide to provide funding for a military regime that suppressed the Muslim Brotherhood, which the Saudi regime rightly fears as a competitor to its medieval form of monarchy….
Egypt needs about $20 billion a year in external subsidies; a smaller amount would forestall the worst effects of the economic crisis…. “
I am not an expert on anything, and, inshallah, never will be. It is just that the images from those demonstrations show healthy, well fed men, some very well fed. It is hard to say anything about the weight of women, as those few there seem to to be in the politically correct body bags. I also recall reading something about the riot at al-Azhar University in Cairo in April(?) this year, when about six hundred students suffered food poisoning by eating chicken at the campus cafeteria. It is surprising how six hundred representatives of the notoriously unproductive class could afford to purchase a chicken dish in a country running out of beans and wheat, but the aftermath was predictable. For those not familiar with Al-Azhar – this institution of learning was established 970 A.D., and, according to it and the Western experts, it is a centre of the moderate Islamic thought in the Middle East. So, the thousands of moderate students of moderate Islam took to the streets, broke into the offices of al-Azhar religious head and forced the dismissal of the university president. One would not be surprised if slogans, “Down with US imperialism” and “Down with Israel” were chanted. There are no reports of students passing a petition that from then on they will share the animal protein with their starving compatriots, nor any suggestion to help washing dishes in that bacteria ridden cafeteria.
I, and undoubtedly you also noticed that though apparently Egypt has no money for bread, it has plenty for fireworks. It is of course possible that these were supplied free by the Chinese department of foreign affairs, overjoyed that yet another US diplomatic gamble had fallen through.
One thing about the, so far, cosmetic changes in Egypt is amusing. Western media write of ‘democratically elected’ or ‘first democratically elected’ Muslim Brother Morsi. Everybody who reads and thinks knows that “democratically elected” means different things to different people. After all, Hitler was democratically elected, and so was Obama. In “peoples’ democracies”, the party officials struggled to keep the approval vote not higher than 100%, once somebody pointed out to them the absurdity. Today, if the elections produce a socialist, or at least anti-American government, they are democratic. Thus the alleged 51% for Muhammed Morsi is as valid as 99.8% for the late unlamented Walter Ulbricht used to be. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, apparently 25% of the rest of the Egyptian citizens voted for a more Islamic version of Islam.
Some experts are suggesting that it is important. According to the accepted definition of a coup d’etat; and by the US law to the effect that USA has to cease to provide a military and financial aid to a unelected government which replaced a previous, democratically elected government, any aid to Egypt ought to cease. (The Egyptian military gets $1.3 billion of US taxpayers’ dollars per annum to purchase Made in USA hardware) So – redefine the words. I guess that ever obedient silly sisters at the Australia’s Macquarie dictionary have already done so.
However if Obama can by his ukase suspend the operation of his very own Health Pyramid Scheme a.k.a Obamacare without American citizens objecting, some piddlicky foreign aid thing is insignificant. Of course, if American taxpayers provide the money, Egypt will (have to) buy that wheat from American farmers. At the moment (08-07-13) the White House spokesman Jay Nothing-But-The-Truth Carney claims there is no obvious need to suspend the aid.
Mr Goldman worried about the fuel for the harvest, but it seems that even if there were fuel, Egyptians are too busy enjoying themselves in the streets to care about harvesting. On BBC World News I heard a gushing reporter (male) saying: “It is like a big party here.” Indeed. So far over 100 reported rapes and one can only guess how many unreported. Naturally, nary a peep from feminists, who obviously received no directive from the Feminist International as yet, and are unlikely to receive any. Only white males can be rapists, not the sensitive, multicultural, diverse, deeply religious, tolerant and most importantly anti-American Arabs. One wonders how long will women allow those hypocritical harpies to claim to represent them.
Media organisations in the interest of political correctness also play down the prevalence of violence and sexual assaults. It used to be said of the Western reporters that upon arriving on the scene of the currently fashionable upheaval they would wave a hundred dollar note and ask: “Anybody here who was raped and speaks English?” It seems that in the times of austerity they cut out the middleman. A Dutch journalist has been raped by a group of five men in Tahrir Square a few days ago and earlier, a French journalist Sonia Dridi and CBS journalist Lara Logan were subjected to serious sexual assaults. Lara Logan told the New York Times: “For an extended period of time, they raped me with their hands…What really struck me was how merciless they were. They really enjoyed my pain and suffering. It incited them to more violence.”