Category Archives: Egypt

Your Turn For Jail

There have been times during the past few years when I become confused as to who is in charge of the Egyptian government or who is headed for jail or who, exactly, should I be rooting for in the Egyptian league of becoming champion. At the last turn around, the Egyptian army returned to power and threw in jail the bad guys who are known as the Muslim Brotherhood. It now turns out they were not my brother and they had no sense of brotherhood with me. If I was Coptic Christian the last place to seek safety was the interior of a mosque. Anyway, the MB is composed of bad people and since I am a good person, then I must dislike all bad people. Of course, a several months ago, all the bad people were really good people and those I was supposed to dislike were really folk who were my friends.

For the moment, members of the Muslim Brotherood must be avoided. That is, they must be disliked until they reach a point in time when they become the very good guys and I have to return to the right list of folk to hate. Until then, I need a nap.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

By November, one knows what winter will bring.

Some have no idea they have no idea.

Be an explorer of life.

Venture into the unknown to know.

Some old folks walk side by side, others do not.

Long time since I heard: “straight and narrow.”

A certainty of life, we all wind up as dust.

Some enter the Rest Room with a determined look.

In the end, there is only an “I,” not a “we.”

Does God prefer to vacation in cold or warm climes?

Mystery of life: how crowd in coffee shop disappears.

Mystery of life: elderly woman with motorcycle helmet.

I enjoy the company of elderly men who served in the armed forces.

Egypt Forever

Egypt is not the happiest place in the Middle East. The choice is currently between feeling sorry for the plight of its Muslim Brotherhood or for the armed forces who curently control the nation. A 50 member constitutional committee is voting if ordinary citizens can wind up in a military court for engaging in ordinary crimes such as refusing to shut their mouths and cease protesting against the existing government which currently is under the control of the armed forces. In other words, in this democracy, the army is above reproach. In fact, the Army decides who is the Defense Minister in the civilian government which shortly will assume power. At this moment, the Army is beating up and arresting members of the Muslim Brotherhood, but who knows “the enemy” tomorrow.

There will be a new government. Supposedly it will be a government of the people, for the people and by the Armed forces. Just check with the nearest general if you want to know what to do or what is permissible to think. Oh, Navy admirals are not in charge of democracy, that is the province of Army generals.

Get Score Card For Revolution

It becomes very frustrating following events in Egypt as the world shifts from control by the Muslim Brotherhood to secular forces to Muslim forces to the military, back to crushing the Muslim Brotherhood, a joint assault by secular and miliitary, arrest the Muslim Brotherhood, get a “get in” card for jail which is soon replaced by a “get out” only to encounter police who are being assaulted by the MB as secular groups witness another attack, but are confused as to the assault is directed toward them or to someon else and so on and so on.

The governments of Egypt need a time out period during which those in charge can gather together all groups in order to establish some process of who goes to jail and who remains outside and for what period does this last? No one knows who actually should be in jail for which period of time. How about playing Monopoly to determine the process?

Israel Theatens Peace Efforts

During the past month there has been considerable progress in discussions between Iran and six powers-the US, UK, Russia, China, France and Germany–in an effort to identify an initial plan to move away from potential war and conflict. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, insisted his nation is committed to making concessions in order to end sanctions and conflict with the world. However, he is sick and tired of being threatened by Israel which appears to demand veto rights on any agreement. He denounced Israel as behaving as a “rabid dog” in seeking to sabotage negotiations. Fench President Fandcoise Hollande termed such expressions as “unacceptable” and hindering negotiations. However, threats by Israel Prime Minister to bomb Iran, to initiate war with Iran are OK and apparently assist peace efforts!

Israel is the most dangerous country in the Middle East. It continuously makes threats and promises massive destruction of Iran, and the US does not seek to compel Israel to lower the rhetoric of war and allow the six nations to pursue the path of peace. Those who care about the people of Israel understand its future is best protected if peace is attained in the Middle East.

Egyptian Democracy-Not In Action

Once upon a time in Egypt it was ruled by English colonists who imposed strict laws against protesting against their rule. Time went on and an Egyptian military group assumed leadership of the nation,and after checking with law books realized its regime could ban protests. Of course, they argued that the old bad guys were gone and there were now good guys in charge so why would anyone seek to protest. It simply makes no sense to protest against good rulers. Of course, then came along President Mohammed Morsi who decided that since his Muslim Brotherhood could not protest, and since the MB good guys were in power and were good guys so why should anyone protest?

Today, the old bad guys of the military are back in power so what else could they do but pass a new law stating that protests would require seven different permissions, and anyway, it was no longer possible to protest in places such as Tahrir Square so why bother to get the seven permissions. Oh, for the good old days of British colonialism!

Turkey In Trouble, Not Thanksgiving Turkey

The military government of Egypt has asked the ambassador from Turkey to head home, and this request has nothing to do with the Thanksgiving turkey, it is merely a request to cease bothering in the internal affairs of their nation. Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan is sensitive about any nation or group interfering with decisions or policies of his Justice and Development party, but the Turkish strong man thinks nothing of offering “advice” to the government of Egypt. Erdogan refuses to recognize that former President Morsi refused to support the principle of democracy and attempted to transform an opportunity for a new birth of human rights by imposing a government run by clerics seeking to impose sharia law upon secular forces and the Coptic Christian minority. Ironically, Erdogan has not followed a similar course of leadership. Egypt would be torn to pieces in sectarian strife and fury if Morsi had remained in power. He had lost the confidence of Egyptian youth and he had sent fear into the hearts of Coptics who feared for their lives.

Egypt must create a society that can produce jobs for a young generation that has education, but no work. It must create a society in which the minority Christian Coptics can live in peace. Above all, it must create a government in which the military remains in its barracks, not in government offices.

Kerry Supports Youth Of Egypt

Secetary of State John Kerry has been working, literally nonstop, to attain some form of peace to the people of the Middle East. Unlike the tepid efforts of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wo literally gave up on peace efforts and allowed Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the right to deprive Muslim Israelis and Palestians of their human rights, Kerry continues to fight for peace. He landed in Egypt the other day and made a fervent plea in support of Egyptians seeking to establih a democratic government. Kerry blasted the ousted regime of Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood for capturing the revolution led by secular Muslim youth in oder to transform it into a narrow minded religious rebellion.

Kerry was blunt in his critcism of the Muslim Brotherhood. “Those kids in Tahrir Square were not motivated by any religion or ideology, They were motivated by what they saw through this interconnected world, and they wanted a piece of the opportunity and a chance to get an education and have a job and have a future and not have a corrupt government that deprived them of allof tht and more, and press ahead with reform.”

An Egyptian Welcome To Russia

The Egyptian nation is experiencing a collapse of their economy, there is turmoil and anger in the streets as memmbers of the Muslim Brotherhood confront the armed forces and the number one priority in the country is to jump start the economy. So, how does the Egyptian armed forces respond to the economic crisis?? Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was invited to submit his military wares to the Egyptian government in order to make clear to the American government that when generals run a country the first prioity is getting planes and tanks and other such goodies. Reports indicate the Egyptian armed forces are interested in purchasing Mig fighters, combat helicopters, missile systems and other such goodies that can keep general behaving like generals. A retired Egyptian general, Hossam Sweilam put it bluntly: “Do we want to take the US slap on our face and remain silent? Of course not. This pressure is not acceptable , so we returned to the Russians to maintain our fighting capbilities.”

I assume the planes are to be prepared to fight the Muslim Brotherhood. I have no idea who the Egyptian army wants to fight other than internal enemies.

Christian Rights In Egypt

Muslims who live in the nation of Israel are perfectly jusified in complaining about abuse of their rights and are correct in wondering if men like Avigdor Lieberman will be successful in driving them from their native land. Similar feelings are also common in Egypt which has ten percent of its population composed of Coptic Christians. The one year rule of Mohammed Musri frightened Coptics since his administration blatanly abused Christians and endeavored to create a Constitution which made Egypt a “Muslim nation” that allowed Sharia law to replace civil law. Coptic activist Marciellano Youssef is concerned that a new constitution would reflect the religious diversity that exists in Egypt. He wants attention paid to the “compromised citizenship rights that Coptics and Christians, in general, have been facing.” Their is no doubt that Coptics confront physical attacks as well as denying them equal rights in society.

Among the rights demanded by Coptics are: the right to build churches, an end to discrimination in employment, those who attack Coptics to be subject to the rule of law, and a sense within society that Coptics are Egyptians. In other words, the same rights demanded by Muslims in Israel.