So I’m curious about the recent Egypt situation. I’ve heard that Egypt has been our (the US) partner for many years. It is a wonderful tourist destination. Personally, I have longed to visit the pyramids for 30 years.
So now the media is trying to convince me that Egypt has been a horrible axis of tyranny all of my life. I don’t follow world events closely, so this came as a surprise to me. I see the stories on the science channel and nat-geo and they never mention anything about the horrible atrocities committed by the billionaire geriatric dictator.
Suddenly, thousands of people are revolting and the army is on their side. How could this be happening! How could hundreds of thousands of people be so unhappy – enough to risk death or prison by defying the evil regime – and all I’ve ever heard is how wonderful the desert is at preserving archaeological relics.
It always seems very strange to me when something this huge, something involving thousands or people, happens so quickly.
Of course, this isn’t my question. The answer to this one is simple. It’s just that I don’t follow world events and have little interest in politics most of the time. In fact, as I write this, I’m watching reruns of America’s Next Top Model. So it’s not surprising that I know little about the political landscape of a country in north Africa.
My question is: why is it only news when the people revolt against many years of terror. Why wasn’t the horrible mistreatment common knowledge or at least a national news story in the US during the last 30 years? Why is it only on the news now that the people are doing something about it?
I had a roommate for over a year who grew up in Egypt. He speaks Egyptian at home. He watches Egyptian slapstick sitcoms that he has recorded on old VHS tapes. He lived in Egypt until he was near 20. He told me stories about going to school in Egypt as a youngster.
One of the main things that stood out to me were his recollection that every teacher in Egypt has a favorite “stick” to hit students with. Students who cant afford to pay the teachers for ‘tutoring’ after school get no education and get hit more often.
It sounded like a horror to me that only students with money to pay for the extortion ‘tutoring’ sessions would be allowed to proceed undamaged.
I wonder why this wasn’t a news story. I wonder why it still isn’t a news story now. What are the schools like for Egyptian children? Does anyone else know? All I have is one first hand account from a witness, but I believe him. He described a dungeon with ongoing torture, manipulation, and terror.
Why is the media or the US government choosing to make this ‘revolt’ the main news story now? Why are they targeting me to hear this now? What are these guys up to that they need me to suddenly be against the Egyptian government instead of picturing them as a staunch ally, which is how they have painted Egypt in the media for most of my life?
Why do I need to dislike Egypt at this point in history for someone’s plan to work out?