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In Egypt, Don’t Rail And You Won’t See The Jail!

The state of Egypt is part of the global effort to thwart terrorism and bring democracy to the people of the Middle East. Activist Philip Rizik was rather upset at what happened recently in Gaza when over 1,300 people were killed and since he was in the democratic nation of Egypt he thought it was only natural to take to the streets and express his views. Unfortunately, Mr.Rizik did not grasp he was in “democratic Egypt” which is led by the democratic ruler named Mubarak who believes everyone has the right to express an opinion that supports his rule as leader of the nation. Mr. Rizik was arrested and while in the police station, “I was taken by force from the police station” and sent to another police station where for four days he was interrogated about his weird ideas that one had the right to protest Egyptian policy regarding Gaza.

According to Mr. Rizik if the interrogator did not like what he said, he was blindfolded and the questioning went on day after day. His parents were not allowed to know he was under arrest or where he was being held. He was accused of being a spy for Israel, then he was accused of being a spy for Hamas and while the questions came at him he could hear the sounds of people being tortured.

Eventually, Mr. Rizik was released, but the event is simply another saga in what happens in Mubarak Egypt, the nation which fights terrorism and brings democracy to the Middle East.

What Is Egypt’s Role In Gaza?

The world has focused on the actions of Israel in Gaza, but less attention has been placed on where Egypt stands in the situation. There is considerable concern over the inability of Gazans to receive shipments of goods through crossing sites, but the world appears less interested in the position of Egypt on this issue. The Mubarak government is a thinly disguised authoritarian entity which brooks no criticism of its power and actions. Egyptian police have been halting demonstrations in support of Gaza and they are rounding up individuals who use Facebook or MySpace in order to send information or organize protests about Egyptian actions in the area. A German blogger and student activist, Philip Rizik was recently arrested and taken to a secret location for questioning. His parents are not able to obtain information concerning his fate.

Egypt plays a key role in any discussions regarding the future of Gaza. Mubarak does not want a radical Muslim group like Hamas on his border given his concern about the Muslim Brotherhood in his own country. Individuals like Rizik will be kept quiet because demonstrations, unless organized by the police, are not tolerated in Mubarak’s little world of power and control.