reply to post by dolphinfan
I'm assuming this has alot to do with whats going on in Egypt.
I feel sad for you. I have been watching live stream Al Jazeera since the start of these demonstrations that turned in to a Revolution of
pro-democracy by a majority of the population of Egypt. If you had access to the live feed and watched it and listened to the common man on the
streets of Egypt, you'll see this is NOT like the revolution of Iran. The Egyptian people are not Iranian, these are simple people with hopes and
dreams just like us in the Western world who have united as ONE regardless of religious denomination demanding freedom from oppression, freedom from
corruption, to have free and open democratic elections, economic reforms to improve their lives, more jobs, equality in the workplace and
universities, free education to those who can't afford it etc etc.
In Egypt under Mubarak, you dare not question his authority for fear of arrest. Under Mubarak's regrime of 30 years thousands of people who dare
stand up to Mubarak are rounded up and arrested; most are arrested and simply just vanish off the face of the planet. All Govt jobs are placed among
those only with favor among friends and family of Mubarak and his cabinet and top officials. 60% of Egyptians are poor and unemployed, barely able to
even put 3 very basic meals on the table for family members, can not afford schooling, live in squalor without the bare necessities living off $2.00 a
day to feed, clothe and put a roof over their heads.
Mubarak's own personal wealth stands at close to USD $40B and his family's wealth at no less than USD $70B scattered among US, British and European
banks; some it through Mubarak's family "winning" large Govt contracts and no doubt he's been skimming off US and EU funding that goes in to the many
USD billions. Mubarak's cabinet and top officials including Intelligence, Police and military chiefs are also corrupt, even more corrupt than the
Italian mafia and wealthy drug lords.
Egypt is the gateway to the Middle East; what goes on there affects the intire region. If Egypt becomes a truely democratic nation, this will aspire
other Middle eastern nations to follow. In my view, Egypt has the potential to see greatness again and I see it's future as the main hub for trade
and commerce in the Middle East. What it does'nt want in the sceme of things is foreign bank lenders looting their wealth or corporations treating
their workers like slaves and big pharma using their citizens like guinea pigs. They want self determination, a sense of pride, be independant, to
provide better for themselves and their families.
The Egyptians deserve a better life, they deserve our full support. So let's be positive. Egyptians are real people, they too have dreams and
inspirations no different to any other Westerner.
You get to know the Egyptians and I can tell you they are among the most hospitable people of earth.
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