sakedelic said:What Egypt needs right now is a tax break for the wealthy, which would create jobs.
motown67 said:1) Talk about "made-up" countries created by the imperialists in Europe is very popular in the West, but is actually ahistorical in this context. Egypt didn't have the exact same boundaries over time, but is largely based upon its historical area. Same with Tunisia. It was a province in the Ottoman Empire for hundreds of years.
Here's a map of the Ottoman Empire in 1683. Note Tunisia and Egypt are very similar to their modern boundaries
2) Call me cynical but I'm also not sure how much change these protests are going to bring. In Tunisia isn't the new government mostly made up of members of the old government? In Egypt, I don't think Mubarak is going to step down unless things get really out of hand. There's no sign that he's willing to do that right now. If the U.S. wanted him out, they could nudge the military and they'd get rid of him. The problem is, unless El Baradei were able to maneuver himself somehow to align with the military, they're just as likely to pick somebody from the old regime as well to replace the current autocrat.
Frank said:busting heads with iron rods from camel back and shit....
I had a hell of a time reading that map because I was seeing the gray area as water and the white as land mass. See if you can get your eyes to play that trick on you.
Frank said:Are you guys keeping up with this? Shit's really hitting the fan right now. Mubarak supporters chasing and beating up foreign reporters, throwing fridges, blocks of concrete etc from buildings onto demonstrators. The military is about to move in and from most sources it's still unclear which side they'll take. Secret police in civilian clothes busting heads with iron rods from camel back and shit....
The leaders of the British, French, German, Italian and Spanish governments have issued a statement calling for "quick and orderly transition to a broad-based government."
It just stops short of calling on Mubarak to resign.
Here's the statement:
We are watching with utmost concern the deteriorating situation in Egypt.
The Egyptian people must be able to exercise freely their right to peaceful assembly, and enjoy the full protection of the security forces.
Silvio Berlusconi faced criticism after he said he hoped for "continuity in government", describing Mubarak as "the wisest of men".
musica said:By the way, it's common knowledge that America prefers dictatorships over working democracies!