UPDATE 11:10AM: OK, so suddenly the MSM is going batshit about Mubarak having fled Cairo and reportedly has stepped down. The situation is still in a state of flux, and the latest reports bring up many more questions than answers. Will Mubarak still wield power from a less volatile city? What will the interim government look like? Will Mubarak's choice for VP assume the Presidency? Stay tuned...
Didja get it?
Real good, Bob. Way to trivialize a potentially disastrous situation!
(in my defense, I'm still taking cold medication, so I can't be held totally responsible for my actions. I think that's known in legal circles as "The Dayquil Defense"!)
Here's some "food for thought". Dig the photo at the top of the page...
And click on my name above. I hope that little critter doesn't get it's wish...
Get well soon, Bob!
Much as I'd love to fault W only, there's a lot of shared blame over the last 30 years for the existence of that dictatorship.
That bird rocks. It should sing "Let the eggs hit the floor!"
Interesting little tidbit about yesterday's confusion:
New post fm my friend:
"We're over the first test; now we have to face the future. But ... it will be our future..."
A correction from Abe's post: he meant to say:
...We have to face the future, but...we have the chance to make it our future..."
NOTE: I posted the earlier as soon as I got it; it was texted to my phone. Abe sent a longer email with the same message once he got the chance. He was employed, until 1 Feb, for some 30+ years by the Government (at which time he quit to join the popular protests.) I think he lives somewhat near Tahrir Square.
There's more I am feeling (pride for the Egyptian people, frustration at my own government, etc.), but the stark fact my friend felt empowered enough to allow me to use his nickname (when this would have been lethal week ago) should illustrate how far Egypt has come; the fact that I cannot use his full name should illustrate how far she has yet to go.
vbb: that is a great round-up of what's been happening there. Thanks for the heads up! Do you see youself going back to Cairo, or is it too soon to say?
WHBob: Wow, he really threw his hat over the wall; quitting after 30 yrs. in gov't work to join the protests! That's courage. I hope he gets his job back when things stabilize.
My return to Cairo has been delayed even longer I fear, because the f-ing State Department has issued a worthless advisory, and our company (as do many others) believe it's the word of god. It's unfortunate, because the Egyptians really need the tourism and expat money right now, and it's just not going to happen, because we've got a bunch of scaredy cats writing up State Department memos (have they ever even been to Egypt?). Regardless of what happened to CBS' Laura (no I didn't do my homework) Logan (and yes, I have been around the block in Baghdad) Egypt is a safe country. Do I sound pissed? Yes I am!
BTW, we have a shoe shop in our Cairo neighborhood called, "Walk Like An Italian."
Wow. Sometimes I think the State Dept. is woefully behind the reality of what is actually happening in a country even if they have an embassy. Keep us posted on the latest.
And I think it's great that you have an ironically-named shoe store in your neighborhood!
BTW, I just want to say what happened to Laura Logan in Cairo is hideous, but sexual harassment is a well known problem. Here's a link from last November about it:
Egypt is a safe country, but the men are animals and you NEVER want to be among a crowd of them. It's just a dangerous situation (probably more dangerous for a woman than a war zone). This is a piece of information that SHOULD be in a State Department advisory.
Shoe store - one of these days I'll get a photo of it, if I ever get back.
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