Monday, January 31, 2011

EGYPT IS IN CHAOS

My trip to Las Vegas was excellent. Not only was it sunny skies and decent temperatures for the four days I was there, but I also got to partake in some free lessons in blackjack, craps and roulette from the Luxor casino. You know, that's the resort that is built like a pyramid and has an Egyptian theme to it.
And that is my segueway to talk about the chaos in Egypt, with all these calls for Hosni Mubarak to resign as president. That was the big story the whole time I was in the United States: the top two stories that anyone really cared about down there were the chaos in Egypt and Charlie Sheen going into rehab.  

Not even firing his cabinet last week did Mubarak any good with the Egyptian public. Word is the chaos is worse than ever and the foreigners are all rushing to get out of there. Meanwhile, a big million-man march is scheduled for tomorrow.

A lot of these journalists are siding with the protesters and seem to be implying that democracy and human rights are going to bust out all over if Mubarak is toppled. But I've seen these sorts of revolutions happen before and while some of them end up ushering in freedom and the like (ie. Eastern Europe 1989, or the toppling of Ferdinand Marcos's regime in the Philippines in the Eighties), a lot of them don't. Such as in Cuba. Or, especially, Iran. The last thing we need is for a group of despots to be toppled, only to be replaced by even worse despots who happen to be religious nuts. I worry about what I hear about some of the opposition groups in Egypt. Don't get me wrong, I'd like to see an improvement in Egypt along with everyone else. I just worry all this chaos is going to result in the country going in the complete opposite direction, though.

I'll try to keep you posted on the latest Egypt news as it happens, but I have had an exhausting weekend and a very long day of travelling again in very cold weather, so that's going to have to be all for now.

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