What do the events Egypt mean for me?

Damaged mummies inside the Egyptian Museum in Cairo (picture).


The situation in Egypt has captured the attention of the world; every major national news website that I routinely use has a take on the events.  Some things are covered much the same in every country.  First in everyone’s coverage are the crowds that grow daily – the number of demonstrators (although that does vary from hundreds of thousands to millions), the non-partisan, non-religious character of the crowds and for the most part the Egyptian army’s rather tame reactions.   Some report the army as being cautious and watching, but some report it as cooperating or even joining the demonstrators.  For the most part, all of the commentators think there will be a change in government in Egypt sooner rather than later, but no one knows what that will mean.  There is another common thread, the what does this mean for us? line of reasoning.  The American media is trying to sort out the implications for American foreign policy and regional stability, Israel wants to know what will become of the peace between the two countries, and every country with a vested interest in the region, regional peace, the use of the Suez Canal or trade with Egypt is a little uneasy.

There are also the supporters and the number increases daily, Turkey, the United Nations, China, Hamas  Hezbollah and the leader of Lebanese socialist party have joined in the chores of voices now supporting a regime change – some for more democracy, some for a stronger role for Islam in the government and some hoping for a new ally in the war against Israel – there is general consensus that both the United States and Israel will have increased challenges regardless of who manages to form a new government.   There are not many surprises in any of that or in the demonstrations in major European captials supporting the demonstrators in Egypt, there was even a demonstration of support in Gaza. At the moment, it is definitely a feel-good event – the will of the people is being expressed – that is the universal people to which we all belong.  We all support greater freedom, don’t we?

I did find some surprises, however.  The Times of Yemen, reporting on demonstrations in Yemen, said business men were afraid of the loss of business, the looting, armed robbery and crime sprees that might follow demonstrations as they  had in Egypt.  The very conservative National Geographic is reporting on the organized gangs of thieves trying to steal Egypt’s national treasures and the combined efforts of ordinary citizens and religious groups to protect them – one source even suggested that the gangs were really Egyptian secret police.  Accordingly, the police would gain profit selling rare artifacts, but they were also intentionally spreading terror to remind the people that Mubarak’s government brought security to Egypt and that without him chaos would follow.

For me, the most interesting take on the events came from Iran – the Iran Daily News and Press TV had articles today.  They reported military jets flying low over the crowds to frighten and intimidate people; they also reports shipments of  arms and crowd suppressing weapons from Israel.  A more detailed analysis, looked deeper past the Israel plot to control the Egyptians in the street and support the monster Mubarak into the root causes of Egypt’s problems – and the roots are to be found on Wall Street were commodities trading has destroyed the Egyptian economy; and of course the Camp David Peace Agreement’s guarantee of military (half of which Egypt apparently uses for its police force) funding to both Israel and Egypt.

I suppose in one way or another we all do the same thing; first think “what does this mean to me – or what is in it for me?” and second to spin the events through our own personal political and philosophical filter.  Still sometimes I am surprised at just how selfish we can be and equally how calculating and manipulative.

As a footnote, just a reminder that all of the news sources I use are English language ones; I have at least one from each of the countries in the region, three pan-Arab sites, one from the major European countries and one from China –  I routinely visit them to track events within countries as well as the coverage of major international stories.  And while the sources are valuable, they also have a major liability – they are written for English speaking people and not the local population. That perspective often assumes (rightly so) an ignorance of local politics and a high degree of gullibility on the part of the reader.

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