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“What do you think about the events in Egypt right now?”

BRIEFLY—

I received an email over the weekend from a woman who asked, vacuously, in the world affairs tone and character of many if not most Americans, “What do you think about the events in Egypt right now?”

I suspect this woman’s question, not only lacked real interest and was uninspired internally; but that she also would not welcome the answer I was prepared to give her, an answer I ended with “What do you think,” to which I expect no response at all but definitely no “internally inspired” one.

Americans [we] are a people who believe themselves “exceptional.” They are a people who believe they are “chosen” by the male deities they create, conjure up, and to which they force other people to bow. As they are “chosen” — and “free” to do whatever is their want or whim — they don’t need to disturb their shopping and churchgoing to reflect on, to think seriously about, the deeply destructive role they play in America’s national domestic affairs and international affairs.

This was my answer to the woman.

What do I think of the protests in Egypt?

I think what I think about public affairs in the United States and anywhere else — a public official should not be allowed to stay in office more than four years, if that.

Crimes by state officials as crimes by individuals generally must be subject to the unbiased rule law. Violators must be made to stand before an impartial court of justice.

I think Egypt (as all countries) is a sovereign country capable of taking care of its own affairs.

I think the United States of America (through its leaders) is a schizophrenic lover of dictators.

The United States is a country with chronically corrupt public officials, bad governance, a broken electoral system. It is a seriously flawed “democratic” state — and to the world it points and struts and lies about these facts.

The United States and its people would do well to stop interfering in other countries’ affairs and start seriously taking care of their own people, systems, structures and institutions.

What do you think?

Comments

Fatima Waziri's picture

The party is over for Mubarak

The party is over for Mubarak and his cronies. What is an eighty two year man still holding on to power for? He has ruled for thirty years, which is ridiculously long. Even if he wants to reinvent the will thirty years is far too much. What is it with African leaders and this tight sit syndrome? holding on to power and never letting go? Mubarak has contributed his own quota to development and peace, well acknowledged, please step aside so peace can reign in Egypt.

As for the United States, they have a Ph.D in poking their nose in other people's business. They should stand on the side of justice and advice Mubarak to step side

Peace!
Fatima

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