Originally posted by LeatherNLace
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
I understand that Egypt isn't the most stable of places right now, but this is clearly a move to appease the extremists.
So, the extremists are appeasing themselves. Are these "Egyptian officials" not a part of the same group of outraged Islamic extremists that
have been rioting recently?
No, actually, they're not.
They're actually far more moderate than people seem to think. They've stated several times that violence is not acceptable, and that peaceful
protest is the way to express their anger.
It's disappointing to me that, while they are by no means liberal and intelligent, the new administration in Egypt is not automatically "extremist"
just because they're Muslim. This is an old mindset led by western propaganda, and it's about time people started to actively reject it publicly.
On the OP, this is probably nothing more than a way of appeasing those more extreme in nature, showing that the government is doing something, while
they're actually not able to do anything.
While many in these countries are NOT protesting, or calling for the executions of people, or the destruction of the "West", many are probably still
not entirely clear on how freedom works. Lets not forget that these people grew up under dictatorships. You can't expect entire nations to change
overnight and become all accepting of complete freedom of speech.
Their nations were highly controlled, and freedom of opinion was fine as long as it was the opinion of Mubarak, or Gaddafi, or *insert despot
Basically, they love the idea of freedom and democracy, but they can't reconcile that with their religious brainwashing. Kind of like the Republican
party and their complete inability to comprehend the American sense of freedom with their religious demand of subjugating gay people, or their
mentality of "Christian kindness and morality" conflicting with their corporate greed.